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The Science Media Centre is not restricted to reacting to the headlines, and has helped scientists to more proactively set the agenda by bringing new science or evidence to journalists. This comes from our regular briefings, which take a variety of forms and cover a wide range of topics. Many are background briefings introducing journalists to the best experts and science on controversial issues like nuclear waste, nanotechnology, emerging diseases, or animal research, for example. They may also be news briefings where the SMC works with scientists to give the national media a new story on developments within science, whether it’s a report on climate change, a paper on stem cells being published in a leading journal, or science funding cuts in the latest budget. In addition, the SMC encourages leading experts to ‘speak out’ to the media about developments they believe may pose a threat to scientific research – not something science has been renowned for.

Beyond Neonics?

For years the media interest on pesticides has focused almost exclusively on whether neonicotinoids are implicated in bee decline. Now … read more

Small modular reactors

In his December 2017 address to the Nuclear Industry Association’s Annual Conference in London, Energy Minister Richard Harrington set out the next steps for the Government’s plans to support Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology. read more

The Future of Harvest 2050

New research and technologies are providing unique opportunities that have the potential to transform many farming practices. read more

2017 Report of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

Climate change is already having an impact on health around the world, impacting on labour productivity, the spread of infectious disease and exposure to air pollution and heatwaves, and affecting countries worldwide, according to the first report of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. read more

Food Safety after Brexit

The row over chlorine washed chickens earlier this year was prompted by concerns that following Brexit the UK will be forced into trade deals with countries with lower food safety and animal welfare standards than the EU. read more

TB vaccines- why are they so hard to develop?

16 years ago, there were no new TB vaccines being tested in clinical trials, despite a huge global burden of disease. Over the last 16 years there has been significant progress and we now have a pipeline of ~12 candidates being tested in human clinical trials. read more

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