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Tales from the water cooler: June 2009

Barrie Cadshaw reveals what’s been going on in the public engagement with science community

Movers

Katherine Mathieson has taken up the post of Director of Education at the British Science Association, having formerly worked with the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, Science Line, the Forensic Science Service and the pharmaceutical industry.

Laure Thomas, Acting Chief Press Officer at the Medical Research Council has been appointed Chief Press Officer at the Department for Innovation Universities & Skills.

Lisa Hendry. Press Officer at the British Science Association, heads off to the Natural History Museum to support the Museum scientists in publishing their research online. Lisa is succeeded by Ollie Christophers in the renamed role of Communications Officer. Ollie is a post graduate from Cardif University's School of Journalism. He joins the Association from UK PR Agency Bell Pottinger where he worked on a diverse range of accounts including the NHS, Tesco, and Müller. Ollie was named one of PR Week's six 'New Grads in the City to Watch' for 2009.

Shakers

You may well have heard that the Beeb is due to have a special year of science broadcasting in 2010 which will chime with the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary.  The BBC’s specific plans for the time being are under wraps – but we have heard on the grapevine that Robert Winston may well be fronting BBC1’s element of next year’s campaign.  Moving over to the other side, we hear that Channel 4 is planning a series on the history of British Science featuring presenters such as James Dyson, Jim Al-Khalili, Richard Dawkins and Paul Nurse.

Talking about the Royal Society, we have heard that it is going to be taking over London’s Southbank in 2010 to stage a nine-day science festival in the summer of 2010.  The festival will build upon the Society’s traditional Summer Science Exhibition and be delivered in partnership with the Southbank Centre, therefore aiming to explore ways to break down perceived barriers between the arts and sciences.

In the last issue of P&S we announced that the UK’s network of science and discovery centres, Ecsite-uk had moved from London to Bristol.  We can now report that Ecsite-uk has rebranded and is now calling itself The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.  It believes that the new name will better reflect and communicate its role of supporting and networking the UK’s wide range of science and discovery centres, science museums and other science-engagement related organisations.

By the time this issue of People & Science goes to press, Association of British Science Writers members will have hidden their shame under their blotters and nominated themselves for the Best Newcomer Award 2009. The prize will be awarded in July, at the World Conference of Science Journalists, to someone who published their first piece of journalism within the last three years.  Oh, and members could nominate one of their colleagues, too.

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Barrie Cadshaw
Barrie Cadshaw is at the British Science Association
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