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Science Media Center

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Science Media Centre

an independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines

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ebola outbreak

During the largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease on record the SMC has been providing journalists with information and expert comment as the situation develops

For Journalists

The Science Media Centre provides journalists with what they need in the timeframe they need it, from interviews with leading experts to timely press briefings on topical issues.

for scientists

As well as providing advice and support to scientists already engaging with the media, the Science Media Centre runs events to introduce experts to what that involves.

for press officers

Primarily a press office, the Science Media Centre works closely with press officers from universities, industry, research funders and leading science and engineering institutions.

expert reaction to research on Antarctic sea ice

Researchers have published in the journal Nature Geoscience their efforts to map the thickness of sea ice in the Antarctic using an autonomous underwater vehicle. The team provide new estimates for characteristics of the Antarctic sea ice, and suggest that it may in fact be thicker than previous estimates proposed. read more

the future of autonomous vehicles

A new report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology has examined the future of automated transport. A group of experts came to the SMC to discuss what can we expect from the cars of the future and what is just around the corner including automated parking, benefits for older drivers wanting to drive for longer, and automated driving in a traffic jam. How close are we to truly driverless cars? How do we address the cybersecurity issues that a computerised moving vehicle brings? And who would be liable in an accident? read more

food safety: Laboratory of the Government Chemist conference

Food fraud was in the spotlight last year during the horsemeat scandal, and food safety has been brought to the fore again recently following the detection of campylobacter in some supermarket chickens. The Laboratory of the Government Chemist, a company that carries out food testing and analysis, will be having their annual conference later in November. Ahead of this conference a number of the speakers came to the SMC to talk to journalists about various aspects of food safety, food testing, food fraud, supplements and food authenticity read more

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for the public

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