Science Media Centre

The Science Media Centre provides media resources promoting evidence-based and up-to-date research that helps inform public debate on important issues and raise the public visibility of research.

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The Science Media Centre (SMC) is an independent, not-for-profit resource for the media that promotes evidence-based science and up-to-date research to inform public debate on the major issues of the day.

The SMC works proactively with journalists to help them cover science as well as identify the science angles in everyday news stories. They also work with the scientific community to help them interact more effectively with the media and ensure that their voices are heard on issues of national importance.

Since opening in 2008, the SMC has injected evidence-based comment into more than 12,000 news reports and informed more than 250 mainstream issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, food and water safety, climate change and stem cell research.

In December 2020 an independent evaluation of the Science Media Centre was completed.

Evaluation of the Science Media Centre final report — 28 December 2020 [PDF, 1024 KB]

Funded by MBIE, the Science Media Centre is hosted by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Science Media Centre(external link)