International SMC Network

The New Zealand Science Media Centre is part of a global network of Science Media Centres (SMCs), all of which aim to inform public debate and discussion on the major issues of the day by injecting evidence-based science into headline news.

All Science Media Centres are not-for-profit organisations that work with the media and scientific institutions within their own countries. Each of the SMCs is independent of each other, with its own funding model. The centres within the global network frequently collaborate with each other on breaking science news.

Originating in the UK in 2002, the network also boasts well-established centres in:

The network encourages critical and accurate science reporting by both helping the media access and understand science more easily, and by training scientists to engage with the media.

Each of the SMCs in the global network has signed up to the SMC Charter underlining our guiding principles.