Set up in 1999, Think-Lab is the UK’s first full-service communications practice to combine the best techniques in commercial PR with a solid understanding of science, society, policy and politics – ensuring you don’t have to compromise.

With more than 20 years experience, we develop and deliver creative and powerful communication products and campaigns that change the way people understand science. Contact: melaniesmallman (at)


Melanie Smallman, Managing Director

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Melanie founded Think-Lab in 1999 and has hands-on involvement in every aspect of Think-Lab’s work.  She is passionate about communicating science – and supporting others to do so.

With 20 years’ experience of leading organisations and delivering senior-level communications, media relations and policy advice, Melanie is an established practitioner in communications and a thinker in the relationship between science, society, policy & politics.

Training initially as a microbiologist, Melanie has worked in communications and policy for organisations including NERC, The Wellcome Trust and The Science Museum.  She also has a Masters degree in Science Communication from Imperial College, a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from UCL, is a co-convenor of the London PUS Seminar Series and in 2015 completed a Fellowship in Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Bridging the gap between research and practice, Melanie is committed to making sure that Think-Lab’s work draws on and leads the latest thinking in the field.

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