Science Story

 

Hello

At Science Story we believe that even the most complex of research ideas can be shared simply and accurately.

We can help to explain science – its layers of language, precision graphs and beautiful microscopic images – with stories we can all understand and enjoy.

Over the years we’ve found that every scientist has a story to share. We can help you tell yours. We will work with you to identify your audience and create a clear message.

Research can change lives but only if you can share your results.

Science Story is based in Scotland but we are open to the world.

If you would like help to communicate your research say hello.

WORK

Here are some of the things we do. If you’d like to discuss a copywriting project or have an idea you’d like our help to develop please get in touch.

PRESS OFFICE

Stuck on reactive only? Proactive missing out? We can write a press release and prepare researchers for media interest in their work. Science Story also offers one to one media preparation for scientists – 1 hour sessions over the phone, Facetime or Skype – ahead of research publication.

STRATEGY

What do you want to say, who do you want to say it to? We will work with you to create a bespoke communications plan that makes the most of your resources.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Activity design from your initial idea, through kit build to training delivery.

TRAINING

Shorts: 45 minute seminars designed to fit into your group’s existing programme.

 

Your research in a tweet

Join the digital natives and share your work with new audiences online.

Science in the media

Who influences where and how science is reported in the press? How can you shape the way science is covered?

Connecting with your audience

Are you sending a team of scientists out to a public engagement event? This session will help them to prepare so that they can better share research stories with the public.

Bespoke

We can tailor a communications seminar to meet your researchers’ needs.

WHAT THEY SAY

  “Hazel at Science Story offers a simply fantastic service. She is a great science writer, has a good news sense, offers sound media relations advice and is a delight for scientists and researchers to work with. There is nothing better than sending something to a freelancer with the absolute confidence it will come back written beautifully, fully thought through and with no need for further involvement from you. Hazel offers that and more. The comparison forces us to up our in-house game as well!”
 Jonathan Wood, Media Relations Manager at the Francis Crick Institute

 

“Hazel’s great to work with. I’ve known her for many years and have seen her work across many demanding projects – she’s always clear-headed and focussed on what needs to be delivered. When it became apparent that I needed some support for writing press releases, she was an obvious choice. She worked well with our researchers, produced clear copy and was fast. She’s an asset to any science communications project.”
Steve Palmer, Head of Communications, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

 

“If you are looking for a Science writer or someone to help with public engagement in science – look no further! I cannot recommend Hazel more highly-she has done a wonderful job in enabling our Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit with its public engagement in science activities over the years. Hazel is also a great writer and conducts thought-provoking and wide-ranging interviews  with one of our alumni each month see www.ppu.mrc.ac.uk/alumni These articles are extremely informative and well written and are a highlight of our website and hopefully help convince talented future students and postdocs to apply for positions in our Unit. Hazel has a deep understanding of science and the process that lies behind scientific research that lies at the heart of her ability to understand complex science and write about it in a way that everyone will understand.”
Professor Dario Alessi, Director, Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit at the University of Dundee

 

“Hazel was great to work with – professional and responsive, and worked well with the academics to ensure the activities developed reflected the research accurately, but were still accessible to the public. I would have no hesitation in working with her again.”
Katie Weeks, Imperial Festival Manager, Imperial College London

 

“We were very pleased with Science Story’s work. Hazel and her team distilled case studies from lots of organisations into a series of consistent high quality posters for our shared learning awards. She worked closely with the entrants to understand how they had used NICE guidance to improve care and to tell their stories in a simple and engaging way.”
John Davidson, Associate Director, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

 

PEOPLE

Science Story founder Hazel Lambert has been telling the stories of science since she first splashed in a rock pool.

Hazel’s past roles have taken her from coral reefs in Borneo, through BBC radio studios and down into the Large Hadron Collider tunnel in Geneva. She is an expert at pulling a message out of a mass of detail. She opened Science Story in 2015 to help scientists share their work with audiences beyond the lab. She can help with the full range of communications activities from working with the media, engaging parliamentarians, to organising events, and creating new, engaging and educational ways to bring science to life for students and young children.

As a communications manager for the Medical Research Council she built a kids-lab at the Edinburgh International Science Festival packed with brilliant activities, toured labs with Members of Parliament, shared the best of MRC research with journalists, developed public engagement programmes for both grown-up and children’s audiences and gave strategic communications advice to research leaders. As a MRC press officer she handled media coverage of Nobel prize wins, multiple flu outbreaks and countless high profile medical research papers.

At the Association of Medical Research Charities Hazel redeveloped and relaunched the AMRC Science Communication Award to recognise innovative work. In 2014 she returned to the competition as a judge. She has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London and a BSc (Hons) in Medical Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh.

Science Story: Words that Work

To find out more, simply say hello

CONTACT

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Science Story is a communications consultancy focused on the people we work for and those we work with. We believe that happy people create successful projects. Every year we will donate a proportion of profits to a charity chosen by our employees.

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