Welcome!

Martin at Danish universities media conference, October 2011Welcome to Martin Ince Communications Limited. We are involved in journalism, university ranking, media training, media strategy and science writing. Martin Ince is president of the Association of British Science Writers.

Just published and a good example of our work is the Royal Society’s Vision for Science and Mathematics Education. No, we didn’t write it. But our editing helped make it the influential (we hope) document it is.

A common theme links all these activities. We work with complicated subjects and problems, we make complex things understandable, and we make tricky issues manageable. We are based in London (“the city that New York thinks it is,” according to Sir Christopher Meyer), but are happy to work anywhere.

Please take a look at the rest of the site to find out how we can help with your communications needs. Martin Ince’s long experience as a journalist, editor and author means that there are few communications or media issues on which he cannot advise. If he can’t, his copious contacts book contains someone who can.

Martin is a frequent speaker and consultant on global university ranking, as a founder of the QS Quacquarelli Symonds rankings system. He spoke at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences International Workshop on Performance Management in Beijing in October 2012 and undertook a spell of consultancy work at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan in December 2012. This work forms part of his deep and sustained role as a participant in, observer of and consultant on international systems for university ranking. More on that theme from the obvious tab above.

As part of this activity, he is one of the principal organisers of Reimagine Education, a global competition being run by QS and the SEI Centre for Advanced Studies in Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the world’s top business schools. Reimagine Education is designed to find and reward the most innovative and demonstrably successful approaches to teaching and learning in higher education, including presence, distance and blended learning. We hope you’ll consider applying. The inaugural awards conference is at Wharton on December 8-10.

Martin is a frequent chair and facilitator of major events, for example the recent European Commission Digital Agenda for Europe conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, part of the 2013 Lithuanian presidency of the EU.

He is now working as writer and editor for the African Science Academy Development Initiative, led by the US National Academies and their colleague academies in Africa, and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its aim is to increase the capacity and influence of science academies, and make the advice they can offer more effective, in nations across Africa.

Also have a look at Martin’s blog, via the tab above. The most recent posting looks at the paradoxical way in which studies of the deep Earth and the remote universe, apparently so detached from everyday experience, are in fact deeply human. After all, what other species forms and tests experimental theories of the universe? Another post is the evidence I drafted on behalf of the Association of British Science Writers to the Leveson Inquiry. An earlier entry explores how our models of the universe depend on technology at the edge of human ability. Will a measurement turn up some time that cannot be explained away? The one before that asked whether universities will be the next bit of public life to suffer shame and derision, following the banks, the politicians and the media. Yet another (despite Martin’s own political stance) celebrates “the Ayn Rand of the inner solar system” on the basis of a great afternoon with the Royal Astronomical Society.

While you’re here, click on the “Trainer” tab for more on the media training and communications skills work which I carry out with Wendy Barnaby for clients including UK universities and the European Grid Initiative.

For the green enthusiasts among you, Wendy and I have produced the science content for Grantham Outlook, the annual glossy publication of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College, London, for four years in succession.

And for a quick look at our bizarre hobby of total solar eclipse-spotting, see Martin’s piece on eclipse tourism in the Financial Times, September 29/30 2012.