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Science meets comedy in new podcast series

Peter Griffin posted in on March 24th, 2017.

If you think science and comedy don’t mix you are missing a trick. The last decade has seen a blossoming of science-related comedy, from stand-up comedian and physics Dara O’Briain to the Brian Cox and Robin Ince-hosted Infinite Monkey Cage BBC programme to Australian comic Tim Minchin, who considers himself a “gateway drug” to science, […]

Prime Minister’s Science Prizes awarded to top researchers

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 21st, 2017.

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been presented in Wellington today, dishing out a total of $1 million across five categories. The University of Otago team behind the world-renown Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study has been awarded the top prize of $500,000. The Dunedin Study, led by Professor Richie Poulton, has been following the lives […]

How is the SMC measuring up?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 28th, 2016.

We love evidence, here at the SMC. So when the chance came up to put our own work under the microscope, we jumped at the opportunity. Earlier this year, we set out to evaluate the impact of the work we are doing with scientists, journalists and editors, with a particular focus on our Science Media SAVVY […]

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SMC is hiring – work at the heart of science media!

Peter Griffin posted in on August 10th, 2016.

The Science Media Centre is looking for a new team member to join our busy Wellington-based team of four. See the job ad on Seek and contact us below for a full job description. Media coordinator role Are you an excellent writer, able to translate complex science papers into crisp, readable summaries? Can you demonstrate strong news […]

Paying tribute to a science reporting star

Peter Griffin posted in on July 29th, 2016.

RNZ’s Veronika Meduna, one of the country’s most experienced and respected science journalists, finished up co-hosting the popular Our Changing World show last week. After 17 years at the broadcaster, most spent producing and fronting science and environment stories for Our Changing World, it wasn’t her choice to go. Frozen budgets at RNZ and restructuring […]

Science communication in the age of skimming

Peter Griffin posted in on May 11th, 2016.

If you think a well-written science article is still the key to communicating your research, think again. Despite promising news that the smartphone is actually conducive to consuming longform journalism, numerous studies into how we read stories online show most of us don’t finish the article. Many of us skip onto the next thing after a matter of seconds. […]

Silencing Science: in the long run, openness is the better strategy

Peter Griffin posted in on May 10th, 2016.

The new book Silencing Science, by University of Auckland physicist Professor Shaun Hendy highlights some recent examples of where scientists have been missing in action when the public needed their knowledge and insights the most. I can personally relate to this. During the Fonterra botulism scare, the 2014 Yersinia outbreak and for periods in the […]

Science Media SAVVY – upcoming video workshops

Peter Griffin posted in on February 11th, 2016.

The Science Media Centre and Mohawk Media will team up again in March to offer their popular science video training workshops in Wellington and Auckland. These Science Media SAVVY workshops focus on giving scientists the tools and skills to communicate their research in 90 second videos aimed at an online audience and leveraging platforms like Youtube […]

Fairfax expands science coverage

Peter Griffin posted in on January 11th, 2016.

The weekly science page that runs in the Dominion Post and Press newspapers is now being syndicated across four additional Fairfax newspapers, increasing the page’s potential reach to nearly 560,000 readers each week. The Dominion Post has for several years now run a science page each week, anchored by veteran science columnist Bob Brockie and running […]

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Te putaiao mo apopo o Aotearoa — The future of science in New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on July 31st, 2015.

The country’s brightest minds ponder the future of science in a special issue of the Journal of Royal Society of New Zealand, to be published this week.  The issue, which will be accessible online for free during the month of August, presents a dozen articles examining what the future holds for science research in Aotearoa. Will research […]

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