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Why should you book onto CIM's Copywriting Masterclass?

I'll tell you why.

And you can book a place here.

I always try to take away just one new thing from every course that I attend; I feel that I’ve learned so much on this one. Definitely taking away more than one! Vlatka Lake, Space Station

Your course was extremely helpful and ignited my passion for writing. In fact, you have given me some confidence, which is something that has always been an issue for me. Everything I learned from this course will most definitely be take on board. Thank you very much. Jane Smith [pseudonym], freelance copywriter

I have a new hero. His name is Alan Barker. As the Course Director of  CIM's 'virtual' copywriting masterclass, he has given me the most wonderful writing advice over the past two days. I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you, sir. Paul Bingley, Freelance aviation expert

One of the best training courses I ever did - I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their overall communication but also critical thinking skills. A really fun, progressive and insightful few days! Sign up! John McCarrick, Policy & Communication, amfori

I've also written posts about copywriting here, here , and here.


Keeping the light on: communicating science in 2020

The seven 2020

I've been working with the British Science Association for over six years. The 2020 British Science Festival, of course, has been cancelled, but the directors of the festival have nonetheless made seven Award Lectures, as they do every year. Hopefully, they will deliver their lectures next year.

I've interviewed all seven, and you can read the posts on the BSA blog. Scroll down and enjoy insights into cutting-edge science with brilliant early-career researchers.

Dr Meera Joshi is the 2020 Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture winner for Engineering, Technology and Industry.

Mortality rates from sepsis can be as high as 25%. Spotting the signs early is critical to improving a patient’s chances of survival. Meera Joshi is working on a project to provide vulnerable patients with wearable sensors – and the results so far have been dramatic.

Read Beating sepsis with wearable sensors – the future

Dr Xinyuan Wang is the 2020 Daphne Oram Award Lecture winner for Digital Innovation.

Xinyuan lived for fifteen months in a factory town in China, learning how young people are using social media to craft new identities for themselves. More recently, she has just finished field work in Shanghai, exploring how older people are embracing digital in surprising ways. What can her work tell us about the way the online and offline worlds are interacting in our lives?

Read Life online: the new authentic?

Dr Richard Tyser is the 2020 Charles Darwin Award Lecture winner for Agriculture, Biological and Medical Sciences. 

Richard is investigating how embryonic heartbeats begin. What he’s found is extraordinary, and could have enormous implications for the treatment of heart disease.

Read Finding the first heartbeat

Dr Carolyn McNabb is the 2020 Margaret Mead Award Lecture winner for Social Sciences.

How important is friendship and how can it change the way our brains behave? Drawing on her work using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the relationships between friendship, stress and the brain, Carolyn is exploring the ways social networking might help develop healthy adolescent brains. 

Read The relationship between friendship

Dr Chris Pak is the 2020 Jacob Bronowski Award Lecture for Science and the Arts.

Chris is fascinated by terraforming. He thinks that science fiction is a kind of laboratory for thought experiments that might help us rethink our strategies about climate change, the environment and a whole lot more. 

Read Terraforming in the science fiction tradition

Dr Daniella Rabaiotti is the 2020 Charles Lyell Award Lecture winner for environmental sciences.

Working out of ZSL – London Zoo – Dani is using sophisticated tracking technology and big data to quantify the effects of climate change on one of Africa’s most endangered species. It’s tough work and it’s got to be done if African wild dogs have a chance of surviving.  

Read How big data is tracking the impact of climate change on the African wild dog

Dr Euan Allen is the 2020 Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture winner for physical sciences and mathematics.

Working at the Quantum Engineering Technology Labs at the University of Bristol, Euan works in silicon photonics – and is investigating how to apply it to the construction of quantum computers. This emergent technology could offer unprecedented computing power. But how easy is it to develop, and who will reap the benefits?  

Read Constructing quantum computers

And here are some of my posts from the 2019 British Science Festival.

The Light of Understanding: the 2019 Presidential Address by Dr Alice Roberts

Pocket blood tests by Stuart Higgins

Interview with Stuart Higgins

The dark heart of the ocean by Diva Amon

Interview with Diva Amon

21st century nanomaterials by Jess Boland

Interview with Jess Boland

When children became evil by Laura Tisdall

Interview with Laura Tisdall

Unwell in unrest by Mohammed Jawad

Interview with Mohammed Jawad

Are we alone in the universe? By Sarah Rugheimer

Interview with Sarah Rugheimer

And you can also check out posts from previous years on this page of my blog.

Kairos Online: a new portfolio of courses

Here's my new portfolio of online courses.

Download Kairos_Online_prospectus_June2020_v5

The schedule runs till August, at which point it will almost certainly grow.