My name is Ben Skuse and I am a professional writer and editor of all things science. Clear, engaging stories are central to good writing; jargon, clichés and (a particular bugbear) filler are a no-no in my book. I can craft understandable, absorbing and persuasive narratives for all audiences, no matter how complex the subject matter.
However, a good story is useless to a client if it doesn’t fit the brief or is inaccurate. I always combine flair with thorough research and attention to detail, focusing on the client’s requirements throughout. Furthermore, I believe good writing and strong communication skills should go hand in hand, which is why I take pride in ensuring professional, appropriate and timely communication with clients and associated stakeholders in all freelance projects.
After earning a BSc in Mathematics and PhD in Applied Mathematics at Edinburgh University, I have since moved back to the place of my birth – the West Country – and taken an MSc in Science Communication at the University of the West of England and then worked for IOP Publishing and a science and research communication agency.
Over the 14 years I have spent earning academic qualifications and gaining publishing industry experience, a lot in my life has changed (I’m now a father and have grey hairs sprouting in my stubble!), but one thing has remained the same – my deep passion for writing about science. From newsletter articles exploring issues affecting optics and photonics experts across Europe, to longer features aimed at inspiring Australian school students to become the next generation of computer science pioneers; whatever the project, if you aim to advance or promote scientific and human understanding, I am interested.