Welcome 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 former director and treasurer, of the Association of British Science Writers and has special 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.
He recently chaired a session at the International Rankings Advisory Group‘s annual conference at the University of Bologna in Italy, which is regarded as the oldest university in continuous existence.
As part of this activity, Martin is one of the principal organisers of the Edu Data Summit to be held by QS in London in June 2019, and was a participant in the 2016 and 2017 editions of EDS. These events are designed to explore the way in which data is transforming the world of education. Martin will speak and chair at EDS and 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 John and his Newcastle colleague, Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones.
The company is based in the East of England. Martin Ince is a member of the panel for the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Business Fund, which invests several million pounds each year to create jobs and promote business growth in Norfolk and Suffolk.
We often attach ourselves to interesting projects, as the experts in communicating what they are about to a wide audience.A great example is Future Ocean Research, written by Martin in a project for the Kiel Future Ocean research cluster, a joint venture betwen KIel University amd Geomar, the German federal government’s ocean lab. It is a breautiful and wide-ranging print document whose main content is online here.
We’re proud too 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 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’s new book is now out, and is aimed at inquisitive kids of all ages. Drift, or Continental Drift for those of you in the US, uses maps, graphics and text to tell the story of the Earth from its formation to its demise in the distant future. Publisher is Weldon Owen in London.
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 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 possible 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 help, 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.
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.