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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: BIS Responds to Science and the Media Expert Group Report

Press Release   •   Jan 15, 2010 10:46 GMT

Responding to the Science and the Media Expert Group report, Lord Drayson, Science and Innovation Minister, said:

“I'm very grateful to Fiona and her group for producing this Action Plan. The quality of journalism by the UK's specialist press is excellent, so it's great these actions are targeted at protecting and building on it.

“The plan contains a number of initiatives to raise the profile of science journalism and programming and improve their operating environment.

“I'm particularly pleased by how many organisations, from the BBC to the Wellcome Trust and RCUK, have committed to actions. Government will now consider the proposed actions and recommendations.”

Notes to editors

1.                  The Science and the Media Expert Group report can be downloaded at http://interactive.bis.gov.uk/scienceandsociety/site/science-and-the-media/

2.                  Five independent expert groups were created in May 2009 by Lord Drayson, Science and Innovation Minister. These groups aimed to engage the science community, media, public, business and policy makers to help change cultural attitudes to science in the UK.

3.                  Science and the Media Expert Group – headed by Fiona Fox of the Science Media Centre – aimed to consider how opportunities for partnerships between the media and scientists can be increased.

4.                  For more information, please contact Rachel Clarke,  BIS press office, 18002 020 7215 5945, Rachel.clarke@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

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