Science and the Media Expert Group

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Science and the Media Expert Group was a group formed as part of the Science and Society strategy for the UK.[1]

The Group’s Report, Science and the Media: Securing the Future , was published on 13 January 2010.[1]


The Science and the Media Expert Group 'will', according to its departmental sponsor DIUS 'work with journalism schools and accrediting bodies to improve the scientific literacy of mainstream journalists and raise the profile of science.'[1]


In later iterations the missions was said to be:

The Science and the Media Expert Group will develop an Action Plan, in discussion with Government and other stakeholders in response to the Science and Society consultation to:

help equip the media with skills to promote effective responsible reporting on science develop ways to encourage more members of the science community to act as intermediaries with the media explore the possibilities for an expansion of the role and remit of the Science Media Centre work with lead departments and regulators to boost high quality science programming, targeted at a variety of audiences across a range of communication channels build on the Science:[So what? So everything] campaign to promote a better/appropriate reflection/representation of scientists in the media[2]

Group members

Chair Fiona Fox Science Media Centre | Dr David Levy Director, [[Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford | Charlie Beckett Director, Polis (LSE think-tank) | Martin Moore Director, Media Standards Trust | Roger Highfield Editor, New Scientist | Peter Cotgreave Director of Communications, Royal Society | Bob Ward Policy and Communications Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment | Alexandra Saxon Head of Communications, RCUK | Paul Nuki Chief Editor, NHS Choices | Prof Colin Blakemore Neuroscientist, University of Oxford | Kim Shillinglaw Commissioning editor for science and natural history, BBC | David Glover Deputy Commissioning Editor, History and Science, Channel 4 | Francesca Unsworth Head of Newsgathering, BBC | Vivienne Parry Science writer and broadcaster, Freelance; involved in the consultation | Terrence Collis Director of Communications, Food Standards Agency | James Randerson Editor, Guardian Online Environment [1]



Minutes of meetings


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 DIUS Science and the Media Expert Group, 2010, retrieved from the Internet Archive of 21 January 2010 on 17 August 2013
  2. BIS Science and the Media Expert Group, This snapshot, taken on 02/02/2010, shows web content acquired for preservation by The National Archives, Accessed 17 August 2013.