Another New Book by Professor Mark Brake

Science communication experts at the University of Glamorgan are once more at the leading edge of developments in the field this week as a new book, edited by Professor Mark Brake, is published internationally by Palgrave MacMillan on 6 November.

Introducing Science Communication: A Practical Guide, shows how to communicate complex and controversial scientific issues to the public. The volume also has chapter contributions from Glamorgan academics, Dr Toby Murcott and Reverend Neil Hook. Written and edited by such pioneering and experienced professionals in the field, it is an essential text for students and practitioners learning how to effectively communicate science via today’s media.

Professor Brake, the University’s Professorial Champion for Public Engagement in Science on the Beacon for Wales project, said, “Dr Emma Weitkamp and I are delighted to be editing this new collection which looks at how professional communicators interact with and present science communication in all its guises. We will be sure to feed this latest research back into the University’s MSc Communicating Science, which trains students for careers in media, government, and research”.

The book launch is the latest in a year of scoops for the University’s science communication team, which is headed up by Professor Brake. In July, Dr Toby Murcott, scooped the front page of Nature, the prestigious science journal, with a paper on science journalism. And throughout the year Professor Brake, Reverend Neil Hook, and science rapper Jon Chase, another member of the team, have headlined at public engagement events, including appearances at the Science Museum, and the Royal Institution.

The book is the first in an Autumn Term publishing double for Professor Brake. In December, his next book, Revolution in Science: How Galileo and Darwin Changed Our World is to be published by Palgrave in the United States.) Professor Brake is also working on books for the BBC, MacMillan, Kingfisher, and Cambridge University Press.

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