It was one of my great pleasures in 2012 to be asked to write some articles for the wonderful website The Conversation. The Conversation is an independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the university and research sector — written by acknowledged experts and delivered directly to the public.
The writing style at The Conversation is vastly different to writing for peer-reviewed scientific journals and I strongly feel as though my writing has greatly improved for the experience. As well as a steady increase in confidence writing in a “The Conversation” style, putting together a few articles on the year has also helped improve the way I write other material (e.g. fact sheets, articles for trade bulletins, newsletters etc). I’ve even found it has helped in the way I put together lectures and conference presentations too.
Here are the pieces I wrote for The Conversation in 2012:
My articles have had over 14,000 readers and I hope I’ve been able to pass on some useful public health advice on avoiding biting arthropods and the pathogens they may (potentially) transmit!