Leicester reaches one million readers on The Conversation

Academics from across the University have collectively captured the imagination of over one million readers through more than 100 articles on The Conversation, setting a new milestone for Leicester in delivering expert opinion pieces in response to topical news.

Articles published by Leicester academics cover a range of research areas, including: the pornography industry; the origin of dogs as pets; the future of space exploration; how the human eye can provide a window into the brain; and more.

The article that pushed Leicester above one million readers has been written by Dr Daniel Zadik and covers how a handful of Bronze-Age men could have fathered two thirds of Europeans. The article is a complementary piece to a press release issued by the University and illustrates the benefit of opinion pieces as an informative way of engaging members of the public with academic research.

With a growing community of more than 21,700 academics and researchers from over 1,100 institutions, The Conversation is encouraging Leicester academics interested in raising their profile to become an author and pitch article ideas based on individual research expertise.

The University has also launched a new platform for opinion pieces, Think: Leicester, which provides academics and doctoral students with an opportunity to present their independent views on topical news.

Do you want to contribute an opinion piece about your research or topical news to Think: Leicester? Contact the News Centre to pitch your idea or read our submission guidelines.