Medical research is complex. To the public, it can sometimes be baffling,  boring, or even scary.

But it can also be exciting, engaging, and a call to action. It all comes down to how you tell the story.

I’m Richard Berks, a freelance science writer, specialising in helping charities tell inspiring stories about life-changing research. 

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Science writing for medical charities

  • Do people look at you blankly when you try to explain what your charity does?
  • Do your colleagues keep asking you for examples of impact, even though it feels like you’re always telling them?
  • Do you have so much great research to talk about, you don’t know where to start? Or you don’t have the time?

I translate complex science into engaging words

Making your scientific research accessible and exciting to your supporters is essential. It demonstrates where the money’s going, helps them to feel involved, and shows the difference they are making.

It takes a special blend of skills to make science accessible.

Turning scientific research into something that holds people’s interest isn’t as easy as it might sound. It takes a thorough understanding of how science works, and an ability to quickly get to grips with new ideas. It also needs a creative knack for knowing how to explain something complicated, so it makes sense to someone who doesn’t have a PhD.

As it happens, I do have a PhD, but I also have more than 10 years of experience in writing about research for charities. Find out why I’m the right writer for the job.

There are plenty of benefits to working with me.

I’ll free up precious time for you and your colleagues to focus on other things. With more than 10 years of experience writing about science for medical charities, you can feel at ease that your project is in a safe pair of hands.

As I’m used to working with brand guidelines, I can write in your charity’s tone-of-voice, using language which is sensitive to your audiences.

Crucially, you’ll also benefit from my outsider’s point-of-view. I can look at your charity’s work in a new way – and when you’re writing for supporters, that kind of fresh perspective is invaluable.

In short, I’ll help you make sense of your charity’s research and tell your supporters how their donations are making such a difference.

What my clients think of me

“He’s very approachable, reliable, easy to talk to and has a ‘can do’ attitude. With Richard, I could feel the project was in safe hands.”

Breast Cancer Now

“Because of his scientific background and great expertise in written communications, he rapidly got to grips with the complex nature of many of our research projects, and brought them to life in ways that are easy for our audiences to understand.”

Muscular Dystrophy UK

“Richard was very proactive, and great at keeping us updated with the project. He was quick to ask questions, but also very comfortable working without close supervision or direction. This was a huge asset within our time-poor team.”

Tommy’s

“He’s able to explain the science in a way that is accessible, without being dumbed down. He connects the research with the voices of people affected by epilepsy, bringing these elements together beautifully, and making it enjoyable to read. We’re absolutely thrilled with how it’s been going.”

Epilepsy Research UK

“We were really happy with the work that Richard did, and really enjoyed working with him. He provided us with the ability to look at our audiences from different perspectives, which will be helpful to us going forward.”

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What I can offer

There’s three writing services charities often approach me for:

But I’m very happy to discuss other projects too. With more than 10 years’ experience of writing about science for medical charities (both in-house and freelance), there’s not much I haven’t done.

So if you’ve had a look through my website and my experience and think there’s something else I could do for you, please get in touch.

If I can help, I will. And if I can’t help, I might be able to put you in touch with someone who can.

Like any specialist, I know my strengths.

When it comes to writing words for your charity, my skills lie very much with your science and research content. I’m afraid fundraising copy isn’t my thing – but I’ll happily point you in the direction of other copywriters who are really skilled at this. Just ask!

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About me

I’m a freelance science communicator based in the North East of England. I love turning the complex into the simple – discovering new science and finding ways to tell others about it.

I have more than 10 years of experience working for medical research charities. During that time, I’ve developed a range of skills in communicating research in accessible and engaging ways – and training others to do so too. I want to use these skills to help other organisations communicate medical research. Read more about how I can help you.

I have also blogged about the science of pregnancy, babies, and parenting at The Geekfather – nominated for Best Science Blog Award by the Association of British Science Writers in 2018.

Before life as a science communicator, I completed a PhD studying a type of leukaemia common in children, giving me valuable insight into the world of academic research.

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