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Science Press Secretary: The UMA Foundation introduces a new position
“Supporting the publication of research carried out by Russian scientists and publicizing their achievements in the mass media with the aim of raising the standing of Russian scientists abroad and promoting science to young people. I believe the new position of science press secretary will make a valuable contribution to the promotion of Russian science,” said A. Chapman, director of the UMA Foundation.
The new post was created in response to the growing demand for effective communication between scientists, serious scientific journals and the popular mass media. The science press secretary will act as a link between scientific magazines by working closely with editors, scientists and popular science journalists in Russia and beyond to promote and popularize the research and discoveries of young Russian scientists around the world. The responsibilities of the science press secretary include:
Ø Interacting with the press secretaries of popular as well as specialist scientific magazines in Russia and abroad, supporting young scientists and researchers in scientific institutes and helping to get scientific works published in the scientific media, and raising the prestige of Russian science in the process;
Ø Quality control of scientific publications, correction of articles in accordance with the magazine’s house style, consultative work;
“In Russia there is a severe shortage of young scientists with a biomedical education who are able to turn the material published in the complex scientific articles into material that may be interesting and comprehensible for the general public. There are even fewer people, who can interact professionally with the editors of reputable scientific journals, popular press and mass media, in Russia and abroad, and also to interact with laboratories and clinical scientists. Many respectable science journals are concerned about the newsworthiness and popularity of the papers they publish. The articles they publish should not only adhere to the highest standards, they should also appeal to a wide readership and provoke debate in other scientific publications and the popular mass media. Many American and European universities have professional press departments tasked with popularizing research and boosting their ratings. Tatyana Gneteeva, the newly appointed the UMA Foundation science press secretary, has a medical education as well as experience with science projects and promoting scientific articles, which she gained during the two years she spent on our courses for young scientists,"
About UMA Foundation
The UMA Foundation is one of the leading non-profit organizations in Russia that supports young scientists and promotes scientific research. It was set up to revitalize Russian science and to encourage renewed enthusiasm and passion for science and innovation – values that are sometimes lacking in the younger generation. The foundation is governed by leading academics, heads of universities and prominent business people. Among its many other activities, the organization supports the First Open Institute for Regenerative Medicine for Young Scientists, a rapidly growing volunteer initiative that was set up by expatriate scientists as a means of providing hundreds of young scientists with weekly lectures by leading international thinkers as well as promoting goal-oriented scientific collaboration.