We are delighted to announce this year’s cohort of Media Fellows. Running since 1987, the British Science Association Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists and clinicians to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media organisation in the UK.

The Fellowships help to bridge the communication gap between journalists and scientists, address the misunderstanding and mistrust between scientists and journalists, and in the long-term aims to improve the quality and quantity of science and engineering stories in the press.

The 2017 Fellows are:

Dr Gary Zhang Lecturer in Medical Image Computing in the Department of Computer Science and Centre for Medical Image Computing atUCL (funded by UCL Engineering) 

Dr James Rudd Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital (funded by University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine) 

Professor Sarah Gabbott Professor in Palaeobiology at University of Leicester (funded by University of Leicester)

Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan Lecturer in Nanomaterials at University of Manchester (funded by University of Manchester) 

Dr Paul McGarr Assistant Professor in American and Canadian Studies at University of Nottingham (University of Nottingham)

Dr Rebecca Dewey Research Fellow in Neuroimaging of Nottingham (funded by University of Nottingham)

Dr Alex Conner Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences at University of Birmingham (funded by University of Birmingham)

Dr Alexander Lees Lecturer in Biology at Manchester Metropolitan University (funded by Manchester Metropolitan University)

Dr Charlotte Brassey BBSRC Future Leader Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University (funded by Manchester Metropolitan University)  

Dr Kate Wright Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University and Imperial College London (funded by Royal Society of Chemistry)

Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow/Associate Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (funded by Society for Applied Microbiology)

Laura Castells Navarr, PhD student in Biological Anthropology and Bioarchaeology at University of Bradford (funded by University of Bradford)

Fiona Reid Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL School of Management (Funded by UCL Engineering)

Specific placements will be confirmed soon, with this year's hosts including:

The i

Open Democracy

BBC Breakfast

BBC Radio Science Unit

Mirror Online

The Guardian

New Scientist

The Times

BBC News


BBC Radio 2 (Jeremy Vine Show)

BBC North West

After their placement, the Fellows will be heading to Brighton to report at the British Science Festival as part of the press team. This provides them with an opportunity to put their new-found skills to the test and allows them a chance to work alongside professional journalists from a large variety of outlets in our dedicated press centre.

In the future, we hope our Fellows will go back to their institutions and share and disseminate what they have learnt to their colleagues and peers.