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Science and the Media workshops with {react} magazine


In partnership with {react} magazine the Graduate School is running a one-day suite of workshops on 23 February aimed at all students with an interest in science writing and communications.

In partnership with {react} magazine the Graduate School is running a one-day suite of workshops on 23 February aimed at all students with an interest in science writing and communications.

Run by science students at Newcastle University {react} magazine wants to inform those interested in science about science-based research, providing an insight not only into the end products of research but all activities that go on behind the red brick doors of Newcastle’s science departments. You can keep up to date with {react} magazine on Facebook and Twitter.

These sessions are open to all current Newcastle students. You may come for the whole day or just attend individual workshops that interest you (please register for each session separately). Click on the workshop titles below to go to the booking page.

Your {react} science magazine (10.30-11.00)

As an introduction there will be a group discussion of what is happening with {react} Magazine - who & what the magazine should be for, what format it should take & what funding sources are available and required to keep it going. 

Science communication: problems, pitfalls and pointers (11.00-12.00)

Duncan Yellowlees from the Centre for Life will look at the ways people engage with science and the kinds of things that push their buttons and get them interested, considering the impact of emotion and storytelling.

Science and the media: science journalism (12.00-14.00)

Discusses what the press are looking for in a science story and how the Media Relations team can work with you to get your research stories out to the public. Includes lunch from 13.00-14.00 

Design and marketing: science with public appeal (13.00-15.00)

Calling upon the branding and design expertise marketing professional Danielle Stone (JUMP) we consider how to make science and research appealing to the public. Includes lunch from 13.00-14.00 

Writing for {react} magazine (15.00-16.00)

An opportunity to put forward ideas for content in the next issue of {react} magazine. There will be time to put down some initial ideas for articles and to share and discuss content and writing style.



Training Matters - Supporting Your Patient & Public Representatives

‘Supporting Your Patient & Public Representatives’ will introduce you to the PPI Peer to Peer Support Forum and also to the support and training guidance that has been developed with PPI for PPI.

The format of the session will include a brief presentation, small group work and an open floor discussion about how you can best support your PPI representatives.

*This session is open to all staff and postgraduate researchers*

As places are limited, registration is essential.  Please register via the workshop e-booking system: You will be required to sign in using your university login details.

For more information contact the FMS Engagement Team at 


Singer Instruments: PIPS internship opportunity for BBSRC DTP students

Calling all life scientists, bioinformaticians, programmers and engineers! Do you want to apply your knowledge to product/application development during your PIPS placement? Learn how to: design robots; make a difference by doing market research; and develop concepts for new products. Get involved in development and testing of products and party with us after another successful product launch!

You will have your own research project, related to lab-automation, where you will use internal and public data to analyse a particular gap in the market, and ultimately help shape a Product Development Proposal. You will have Scientific and Research & Development advisors who will guide you. You will be integrated within a closely knit international Research & Development team, and will have the opportunity to share ideas and try your hand at product development, product testing, software development and marketing; the business is your oyster!

You will be mentored by one of the Research & Development team members, as well as one Senior Manager, who will do everything they can to ensure you have a positive experience.

The project will need to be presented to stakeholders – including engineers, programmers, managers and other non-scientists. You will need to be able to communicate complex scientific procedures simply and effectively.

Singer Instruments have hosted previous PIPS students, and like them, you will have the opportunity to experience many different aspects of our business. We always work with you to understand which areas you find most interesting, and where possible, nurture you within those roles. You will have the opportunity to shadow different roles that are well out of your comfort zone!

You will work with multiple people across departments, discovering new tools, systems and ideas. Furthering your understanding of how lab automation can support research and vice versa. Discover how new product ideas are taken from concept to market.

Gain an understanding of working within the robotics industry, across multiple business functions and of the laboratory automation market.

A small team means a lot of exposure. You will be interacting with international collaborators and board level management. Helping to shape products that will be used by laboratories all around the World!

Singer Instruments will cover any expenses that go beyond that of what we would consider required of a normal day to day role (e.g. travel and expenses to visit a lab in a different city for market research).  The company will also contribute towards accommodation.

Lots of enthusiasm and geekiness.
A strong interest in science, technology, robotics and innovation.
Must enjoy socialising and eating home-baked delicious snacks! 
Please contact:
Jack Boyles, Sales & Marketing Manager
Telephone: 44 (0) 1984 640226 x108

Genetics Matters 2017


The Institute of Genetic Medicine (IGM) is hosting its popular Genetics Matters event again on 25th February 2017 as part of International Rare Disease Day. 

"Genetics Matters" is an annual event which serves to showcase genetic research and to give patient and charity organisations a voice and a platform to interact with the members of general public. With hands on activities, chatty scientists and lots of interesting presentations, this event attracts over 100 participants every year. Come meet researchers, touch real specimens, talk about rare diseases and hear about the exciting research at Newcastle University. 

The theme of Rare Disease Day 2017 is "Research", recognising the state-of-the-art research into rare diseases in the UK and the crucial role that patients play in research by voicing their needs and instigating change. Behind the tubes and microscope slides there is also a human story, so the organisers would like patients or members of patient families to be present on the day and actively participate, sharing the presenting with scientists. 

This event is free to attend, however, the places are limited. To register:

Event suitable for ages 12 and over. 

Soapbox Science 2017

We are excited to announce that Newcastle University will once again be hosting Soapbox Science following our record breaking debut last summer. Would you like to be a part of Soapbox Science Newcastle 2017? Our call for speakers is NOW OPEN! If you are female, an academic scientist, researcher or PhD student and are keen to share your science with the people of Newcastle then apply using the following link:  The closing date for applications is Friday 24th February 2017. 

Soapbox Science is a grass-roots science outreach organisation that brings cutting edge research onto urban streets whilst also promoting the visibility of women in science. We place inspirational speakers on soapboxes and encourage them to engage in and start conversations with the public about their work. For the Newcastle event we'll be commandeering Grey's Monument in the City Centre on Saturday 17th June 2017 and wowing unsuspecting passers-by with our latest discoveries. For a flavour of Soapbox Science Newcastle 2017 have a look at our short films from 

  • 2015
  • and 2016 

Soapbox Science has been running for 6 years with events in UK cities across the country and has attracted media coverage including BBC, The Guardian, Time Out, The Times (Eureka).  

For more information go to or please contact the FMS Faculty Engagement team: 

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