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Writing for The Conversation

18 Mar 2024

Read some of our colleagues’ most popular articles – and find out how to get involved 

Our University is a member of The Conversation – an independent, not-for-profit news analysis and opinion blog where academics provide an informed view on topical issues.  

Articles attract significant global readership, with 82% read by international audiences. Over the past three months, 15 UoM authors wrote 19 articles that resulted in 469,440 reads. We have 420 academics signed up to write for The Conversation.  

Paul Keaveny, Northern Editor for The Conversation and Ben Robinson, News and Media Relations Manager, presented at this year’s Research Communications Conference to share new training dates to support staff and PGRs interested in taking their research to a global public audience.  

Read their presentations at:

Here is a sample of our most-read articles from the last quarter:   

Descendants of Holocaust survivors explain why they are replicating Auschwitz tattoos on their own bodies, by Alice Bloch   

Booker prize 2023: the six shortlisted books reviewed by our experts, by Liam Harte and co-authors   

Black hole, neutron star or something new? We discovered an object that defies explanation, by Benjamin Stappers and co-authors   

Billions have been raised to restore forests, with little success. Here's the missing ingredient, by Dhanapal Govindarajulu   

Trees can make farms more sustainable – here's how to help farmers plant more, by Dhanapal Govindarajulu   

Global deaths from fungal disease have doubled in a decade – new study, by David W. Denning   

'Leaveism' and 'presenteeism' continue even when employers are more flexible – here's how to be happier at work, by Cary Cooper and Ian Hesketh   

Does COVID really damage your immune system and make you more vulnerable to infections? The evidence is lacking, by Sheena Cruickshank   

How moon landing conspiracy theories began and why they persist today, by Peter Knight   

Parents, don't panic if your child hears voices, it's actually quite common, by Filippo Varese   

Further information

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, adding your name to a waiting list for training, or would like to learn more, contact our News and Media Relations team via email at:    

There’s also further information at: