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 and has especial strength in the Earth and space sciences.

Just published, and 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 city. 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.

Martin was one of the judges of The World in 2065, a writing competition for PhD students run by the Economic and Social Research Council and Sage Publications. Both organisations are 50 years old in 2015 and the entries were intended to look a further 50 years into the future. They are a fascinating read. Martin spoke at the awards ceremony in the Houses of Parliament in London on November 10.

We’re also 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 IAC 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 also lead writer for Leading Food 4.0. the report of the National Council 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 on March 9 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.

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.

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.

Martin is a frequent speaker and consultant on global university ranking, as a founder of the QS Quacquarelli Symonds rankings system. He recently spoke at and was 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.

He spoke on June 10 at the launch of the QS Asian University Rankings for 2015/16 at Peking University in Beijing, telling a big audience about the Asian Rankings and the new QS World University Rankings by Subject.

As part of this activity, he is one of the principal organisers of Reimagine Education, a global competition 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 for the 2016 iteration.

Martin is a frequent chair and facilitator of major events, for example the recent European Society for Quality Research awards day in London, 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 Seveneves, Neal Stephenson’s distinctly downbeat new novel, and on to 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 (taking up the theme of Reimagine Education) 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.

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 five 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.