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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.

Results from the SIREN study

PHE’s ‘SIREN’ (SARS-CoV-2 Immunity & REinfection EvaluatioN) study has studied volunteer health workers from across the NHS in order to … read more

Evidence on Mass Testing

As government sends the army to organise mass testing of lorry drivers sitting at ports, controversy continues about whether these … read more

NERVTAG Q&A on the new variant

NERVTAG published a brief summary of NERVTAG opinion yesterday following their meeting on the SARS-CoV-2 variant under investigation, VUI-202012/01: … read more

Vaccines Q&A for journalists

We gave journalists the opportunity to ask the panellists anything they want about vaccines – from specific covid-related details to … read more

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