Lunch & Learn: Engaging with the media and politics

Why journalists and policy makers need academics

College of Life and Environmental Sciences event

Date: Tuesday 11th November 2014, 12:15-13:30
Venue: B04 Mechanical Engineering Building, University of Birmingham

Join this lunchtime session to find out how you and your research can reach the media and policy makers


  • Akshat Rathi – The Conversation

Akshat is the Science Editor for The Conversation, the independent news outlet written by academics in collaboration with news journalists. Akshat will provide a short overview of The Conversation and how the platform can help raise the profile of scientific research. The University of Birmingham is a founding member of The Conversation UK and over 130 academic colleagues from across the University have contributed almost 250 articles to the site since its launch in May 2013.

  • Edward Thomas – Public Affairs Manager, University of Birmingham

Ed sits in the Communications Team within External Relations. His role is University-wide and encompasses corporate public affairs, as well as research public affairs working on specific research projects to give advice and assistance with regards political and policy engagement. Ed will provide an overview of how he can assist research teams with developing the tools to engage politically and with the policy community in order to help demonstrate policy impact for their research.

  • David Gregory-Kumar – BBC Midlands Today

David is Science Correspondent at BBC Midlands Today.  He will talk about what makes a good story, the ‘dos and don’ts’ of doing an interview, and what to expect when a TV journalist is interested in your research.

The session is free to attend and lunch will be provided, however places are limited and registration is required. To register, please email Catherine Byerley, College Marketing and Communications Manager, at c.j.byerley[at] 

Please state any dietary requirements upon registration.