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As a science communicator, my agenda has always been the same: to bring science and technology to the forefront. Science is the lifeblood of everything and it is our responsibility to ensure that research and new endeavours are shared and discussed amongst the wider community.
Amy Caddick
Do you love ScienceOmega.com yet long for a couple of high-quality, free-to-access online publications? If so, we have some news that might just put a scientific spring in your step. The Science Omega Review series is ready for launch!

Next week, Science Omega Review UK will go live with more STEM-related content than you can shake a test tube at. That’s right; I’m so excited, I’m even willing to end sentences with prepositions. As if this news isn’t big enough, Science Omega Review Europe will be hot on UK’s heels, launching towards the end of March. From here on in, these quarterly publications will be bringing the best and the brightest that the scientific community has to offer, directly to your computer.

‘But what will this mean in actuality?’, I hear you cry. Well, essentially, it just means that you’ll have access to extra coverage of the most interesting goings-on from the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Moreover, you’ll be able to read all of this juicy content in an excellent new format. There’s no need to worry though – Edgers and I will still be tirelessly bothering academics to bring you the latest scientific news, features and opinions from around the world.

‘And just how do you intend to do this?’, I hear you exclaim. Well, the Science Omega Review series has pedigree. These reviews aren’t quite the young upstarts that they might initially appear to be. Here cometh the sad news: the Public Service Review science and technology publications are no more. The good news is that Editors Amy Caddick (UK) and Lauren Smith (Europe) have become fully-fledged members of the Science Omega team. We do love our synergy.

I spoke to Caddick to find out more about the upcoming issue of Science Omega Review UK, and to gain a sneak peek of the high-calibre authors who’ll be gracing its inaugural pages…

How would you sum up your new review in a single sentence?
Science Omega Review UK will provide a forum for the discussion of cutting-edge research and policy, bridging the gap between academics, policymakers and those with an interest in science.

And what are you hoping to achieve as Editor?
As a science communicator, my agenda has always been the same: to bring science and technology to the forefront. Science is the lifeblood of everything and it is our responsibility to ensure that research and new endeavours are shared and discussed amongst the wider community. If I can create a stir along the way and stimulate debate then I’m doing my job properly.

I think that the landscape of science has changed over the last few years, and as editors, we have had to adapt accordingly. It has been fantastic to see people such as Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock, Professor Brian Cox and Professor Jim Al-Khalili, working diligently to catalyse the public’s interest in science. In turn, it is my goal to get research out into the professional and public spheres; to get people talking about how amazing science is today.

What can we look forward to in the first issue? Who’s writing?
As you’d expect, I’m really excited about our first edition. Both Lauren and I have done our best to build upon the previous success of the Public Service Review series, and hopefully, Science Omega Review will represent a step forward in this respect. Moreover, our team has worked tirelessly to produce a publication that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is intellectually stimulating. Our new look should appeal to a much wider audience.

When it comes to contributors, readers will be spoilt for choice. The first issue of Science Omega Review UK will open with a feature interview from the Chief Executive of the National Institute of Health Research’s (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN), and will conclude by shining the spotlight on global health with contributions from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Discovering Deaf Worlds (DDW).

We’ll also be taking a look at advances being made across the devolved nations. For example, life science represents a massive sector internationally, and it’s an industry that Scotland is really sinking its teeth into. Scottish Health Minister Alex Neil will be offering his expert perspective on related developments. In terms of education, the Northern Irish Education Minister will be outlining strategies to raise academic outcomes amongst young people, and the Welsh Minister for Education and Skills will address the topical issue of digital literacy.

To finish off, we’ll be getting to know space scientist and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock. As I’m sure you’ll agree, we’ve packed some excellent content into our first edition and I can’t wait until our readers have chance to see the finished product.

So last but not least, when is the inaugural issue of Science Omega Review UK going to be released?
It’s due to go online within the next couple of weeks, so before too long, ScienceOmega.com readers will have free access to an exciting new STEM resource.


In episode 24 of the Science Omega Podcast, Katy and I talk to Amy about the inaugural issue of Science Omega Review UK, and explain why you should be excited about its arrival.

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