Martin Ince, director

Martin in ShanghaiMartin Ince is principal of Martin Ince Communications. He is a freelance science writer, media adviser and media trainer. His most recent staff post was deputy editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement, now THE. His current clients include Goldsmiths, University of London and several of the UK research councils.

He has written over time for publications including The Times, the New Scientist, the Observer, the New Statesman, the Financial Times, the Australian and many others, including astronomy publications such as the BBC Sky at Night magazine.

He works as a writer and editor for clients including the Research Councils UK, the European Commission, the UK Government Foresight Programme and many others in the public and private sector, including Unesco, the European Space Agency and the European Science Foundation.  He has worked on an interim basis as director of communications for the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Board during its transition to a full Research Council.

He is the author of nine books on science, the environment, culture and policy, most recently the Rough Guide to the Earth.

Martin founded the Times Higher/QS World University Rankings in 2004 and was their editor until 2008. He is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Rankings, now run by QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

He is an adviser on Rankings to universities in Europe and Asia. Here his clients include Waseda University in Japan.

Martin is an expert public speaker, meetings facilitator and conference chair, for example chairing the 2009 annual conference of the Institute of Clinical Research

He is an active member of the Association of British Science Writers and is currently treasurer. He was finance director of the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists, which had a turnover of $1 million and made a surplus. He is a member of the finance committee of the World Federation of Science Journalists.

Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has seen six solar eclipses. He has a BSc in geology and chemistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK).