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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, principal of this company, is immediate past president, and now treasurer, of the Association of British Science Writers and has especial strength in the Earth and space sciences. He is resident astronomy expert with BBC Radio Suffolk in the UK.

Martin is a frequent speaker and consultant on global university ranking, as a founder of the QS Quacquarelli Symonds rankings system and chair of the Global Academic Advisory Board for the QS rankings. From modest beginnings in 2004 as a ranking of 200 institutions, this system has grown in scope and power and now covers 46 individual subjects, along with regions of the world such as Latin America and Asia, as well as ranking nearly 1000 top world universities for their overall performance. It is a vital tool for students, academics, governments and employers around the world, now strengthened yet further by the addition of a unique global ranking of graduate employability.

Here is his November 2015 interview on world rankings, given to RAI-Novosti in Moscow (it’s in Russian). He has recently spoken at and been consulted by Fu Jen Catholic University, The University of Taipei and Tamkang University in Taiwan, and especially enjoys being in East Asia. 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 was one of the principal organisers of the Edu Data Summit held by QS in London in June 2016 and 2017. These events are designed to explore the way in which data is transforming the world of education. Martin spoke and chaired at these events and spoke at the accompanying Masterclass on the future of university ranking.

A good example of our work is the film “The Civic University and its place in the City.” This is a short, but we hope effective, film about the idea of the university as a key anchor institution in its home setting. The concept is of growing world importance and has been driven by Professor John Goddard of Newcastle University in the UK. The film is an interview by Martin with him and his Newcastle colleague Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones. Oh, and there’s a longer version on the way.

We often attach ourselves to interesting projects as the experts in communicating what they are about to a wide audience. We’re proud of the review of 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, ASADI was intended to increase the capacity and influence of science academies, and make the advice they can offer more effective, in nations across Africa. This review of its work was published to acclaim in Kampala in November, at the tenth Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA). Martin Ince was writer on the InterAcademy Council team assembled for the review. It has been covered in the major media with an interest in African science and development, including SciDev.Net, where it was “most popular” item, and University World News.

Martin was principal writer for Leading Food 4.0. the report of the National Centre for Universities and Business on the future skills needs of UK food, the scope for the industry to be transformed by university collaboration, and the potential for a new landscape approach to the UK countryside to improve environments and human lives. It comes from an expert group assembled by NCUB. The main report and its three unmissable supplementary documents were edited and written by NCUB, its consultants, and Martin. The report was launched in London at an event fronted by Lord de Mauley, then agriculture minister. Martin’s work on Food 4.0 is part of a long-term working relationship with colleagues at NCUB, including key editorial work on NCUB’s research on Growing Value (for the UK) and Growing Value Scotland, vital documents on the link between higher education and economic success.

Martin has deep history in green thinking and alternative technology. He was for many years closely involved in Undercurrents, the pioneering magazine of the field, and on September 2-4 2016 he spoke at Radical Technology Revisited in Bristol, UK. This conference celebrated 40 years of the Undercurrents book Radical Technology, and looked at the way ahead for an era of social and technological change.

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 chair and facilitator of major events, for example the recent European Society for Quality Research awards day in Berlin, and of the Digital Agenda for Europe conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, part of the Lithuanian presidency of the EU.

Also have a look at Martin’s blog, via the tab above. Recent postings look at a varied range of topics from his recent immersion into rural life to new literature, including Cixin Liu’s Three-Body Problem and Seveneves, Neal Stephenson’s distinctly downbeat novel. And there are musings on the paradoxical way in which studies of the deep Earth and the remote universe, apparently so detached from everyday experience, are in fact both deeply human. After all, what other species forms and tests experimental theories of the universe?

An earlier one asked whether Britain’s 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. Martin has a lifelong inteest in astronomy and is proud to be a Fellow of the RAS.

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 research councils, Alzheimer Research Switzerland 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 five years in succession. Martin is now working on a highlights report on Germany’s Future Ocean science, based at Kiel University and the Geomar research institute in Kiel, to be published late in 2017.

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 near London (“the city that New York thinks it is,” according to Sir Christopher Meyer), but are happy to work anywhere.

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. And yes, Martin did take the eclipse picture above, from Novosibirsk in Russia in August 2008.