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Forster Communications has been appointed to handle PR for the September 2012 'Lates' evening at the Science Museum, which will focus on climate change. The work follows the agency's launch of the Science Museum's Climate Science Outreach and Climate Changing Stories Exhibition. Read more

The Financial Reporting Council has picked Oliver Parry to be head of comms. He was handed the permanent role after filling it on an interim basis since February, following the departure of Jonathan Labrey. Parry has previously worked at Cicero Consulting.

The Department of Health has launched the first mass-quit attempt for smokers. Called Stoptober, it starts on 1 October. It has been backed by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

The CIPR has published research revealing family and friends - in particular parents - top the list of those who influence students' education choices. Louise Jaggs, chairman of the CIPR's education and skills group, said: 'The full survey data is likely to be particularly useful for comms and PR professionals seeking to understand who drives the reputation of different education institutions, and what matters most to different groups.'

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