How can press officers help improve public trust in medical evidence?

19.00, Thursday 23 November 2017

Academy of Medical Sciences, London

41 Portland Place,

The Academy is working with Stempra, the UK STEM Public Relations Association, to discuss how press officers can improve public trust in medical evidence.

This event is part of the follow-up work for the Academy's project examining how we can all best use evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicines, launched June 2017.

The project involved extensive engagement with healthcare professionals and the public and contains important messages for policy makers, healthcare professionals, patients, journalists and science communicators to improve the use of evidence – and emphasises the joint responsibility of each.

This panel discussion will explore the essential role that STEM press officers and science communicators play in the communication of medical evidence and how the report’s recommendations for this sector can be taken forward, including how best to support press officers and science communicators in their roles.

On the panel are:

  • Claire Bithell – Head of Communications at the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Claire Hastings – Chair of Stempra
  • Ed Sykes – Senior Press Manager at the Science Media Centre
  • Carmel Turner – Chief Press Officer at the Medical Research Council


The discussion will be chaired by Rob Dawson, Head of Communications, Advocacy and Support at the Meningitis Research Foundation.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception and is free to attend: click here to register for a ticket.

*Please note, this event is for professionals working in science PR only. You must sign up for membership with Stempra to attend this event.*

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