Internews' Earth Journalism Network is organising a conference to investigate the issues surrounding the Common Fisheries Policy and it's upcoming reform in the European Parliament. Fisheries is a huge topic that is both economic, social and environmental in nature and top of the agenda before a key plenary vote at the end of November.
The conference is going to be held in Lubeck, Germany and focus on the Baltic Sea as well as look at the broader European context of fisheries. The conference will be in German with simultaneous English translation. The list of speakers includes Franz Lamplair from the European Commission and key stakeholders from within the German fishing industry, leading fisheries scientists and NGOs.
This is a rare opportunity to have all the key players in the same room - ready to answer questions and debate the issues infront of an audience of journalists.
Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information. Internews are able to cover travel and hotel costs for anyone who wishes to attend.
ABSW's biennial conference for members - UKCSJ
It is now just over a month until the Association’s biennial Conference – the UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ). There are fourteen sessions at the Conference, so you could view it as an opportunity to take part in a whole year’s worth of events in one go. We know that it is difficult for members to travel into London for one off evening events so hope that by putting on a whole day of events that this makes the visit much more worthwhile.
The Conference’s target audience is first and foremost you as an ABSW member and this is why we have held the rates as low as possible at £55 plus VAT for full and student members. Not only do you get an opportunity to take part in all the discussions and debates but it is also a great time to network, meet other members and for those that are freelance, pick up some new contacts for future collaborations and work.
A coup for the ABSW is the booking of Jay Rosen, media critic, writer and professor of journalism at New York University. Rosen will explore the concept of ‘Wicked problems’ in science journalism with the tantalising view that “Journalists who covered wicked problems differently than they covered normal problems would be smarter journalists.” You’ll need to come and hear Rosen speak to find out more.
A deliberately provocative closing plenary will ask ‘Is Science Journalism Special?’ Evan Davis of the Today Programme will give the non science specialists view when the Conference is asked if the reporting of science, health, technology or the environment should set itself apart from the rest of journalism and be allowed to bend or break the standard rules.
Three distinct strands make up the rest of the day; contemporary issues, essential skills and professional development. Leveson will of course be up for discussion and what this might mean for science journalists. Will it lead to higher quality science journalism or could reformed regulation have a negative effect? Pitching skills will come under the spotlight in a science journalism version of Dragon’s Den, and for those lost in the sea of new technology journalists will provide their top tips on new tools and technology that can increase productivity and help uncover stories.
From those members new to the field of science journalism, to those who have been working this beat for years, and all shades in between, the UKCSJ should really be a fixed point in your calendar.
For full details of the programme and to register visit www.ukcsj.org or join us on Facebook/Google Plus/Twitter @absw
The Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and Science Museum Lates present:
What is the Chief Scientific Advisor for and what should be their legacy?
A lecture by Professor Sir John Beddington
As he approaches the end of his four-year appointment as Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington reflects on his time in the position in a lecture given in association with the ABSW and the Science Museum Lates series.
The Association of British Science Writers
ABSW Annual Debate with City University London
What is science news and who decides?
Followed by a networking event - Meet the Editors
Tuesday 15thMay 2012, 6:15 for 6.30pm
City University London, Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre
Science news is available from an ever-increasing number of outlets, including charities and NGOs, how has it evolved, and where should it go in the future?
Should those with a vested interest in promoting certain aspects of research such as charities and NGOs make news? And do these outlets cover the right stories in the right way – what about under reported areas such as the politics of science?
At the end of the day, does a lack of representation in other areas of the media mean science news is reduced to novel findings or ‘kill or cure’ stories?
And should we expand beyond print articles and look to encouraging public engagement to build our news stories?
Join the debate with the panel to discuss what science news should encompass, who should cover it and who has the final say in what is reported.
Mark Henderson (Wellcome, former Science Editor of The Times)
Alice Bell (Imperial College London)
Henry Scowcroft (Cancer Research UK)
More panelists TBC
The Lecture will be followed by a networking event , Meet the Editors, where free nibbles and drinks will be available. This will also take place at City University.
If you are interested in attending, please add your name by completing the form using the following link:
We will look forward to seeing you there!
City University, 10 Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB
020 7040 8721
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Journalist Updates: London Centre for Nanotechnology
With the Association of British Science Writers and UCL
Following the success of the pecha kucha presentations by UCL’s astrobiologists and astrophysicists in January, the ABSW and UCL have teamed up to put on regular ‘Journalist Updates’ event. Each event will cover research from a different field and, on Thursday 26th April, there will an opportunity to hear from researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.
Steve Cross, UCL’s head of public engagement, will be chairing the event, ensuring that each researcher adheres to the strict pecha kucha rules. Each talk must be given using only 20 slides with only 20 seconds for each slide.
To avoid disappointment please book you place using the form below:
Date: 26th April
Time: 6:30 - 7pm
Venue: Ramsey Lecture Theatre (Map: http://tinyurl.com/dqqqbms)
Drinks after at Jeremy Bentham pub (Map: http://g.co/maps/vkg4))
Confirmed speakers for the evening are:
Professor Andrew Green - Balancing Brooms, Strange Crystals and Unstable Black Holes One of the most provocative ideas of recent years has been a proposed mathematical mapping between the description of electrons in strange crystals and that of black holes. I will sketch this idea and show how stability out of noise arising in the magnetic crystal suggests new stable states of the black hole.
Dr Andrew Morris - Solving the Crystal Maze Can't wait a 000 years for the experiment to finish? When is HOO not water? When are more defects in a material better? From the insides of planets to the insides of mobile phones, I show how computers are speeding up the search for new materials.
Natascha Kappeler - Natascha will present the urgent needs of therapeutic drug monitoring in real-time at the point-of-care to optimise and manage the drug dosage to every individual patient; and how this can be achieved with this novel generation of sensors.
Dr Bart Hoogenboom - Observing nano-robots at work. A scarily interesting aspect of nanotechnology is our ability to study and manipulate nano-scale robots and machines. Nature is full of nano-robots and we would not exist without their hard work. Should that scare us? To answer that question (and many others), it would be useful to see nano-robots while they are at work - let that now be one of the nice things that nanotechnology has achieved.
Angie Ma -Shrinking down electronic components onto small chips has brought about the age of computing. What if we can do the same but with optical, fluidic and mechanical components. Lab on a chip is the technological concept of performing laboratory operations on a very small scale using miniaturised devices.
Chris Kirkham - Electronic structure calculations and their application to Silicon.
Theoretical modelling is an important part of modern physics, either being used to guide new experiments, or explain experimental results. I will be focusing on materials modelling where we build up structures out of individual atoms to simulate their properties. I will be looking at some of the practical considerations that go into making these models such as how to model a surface, and how large to make the model.
22nd Meeting of the European Neurological Society
June 9-12, 2012, Prague / Czech Republic
In order to facilitate your planning, we would like to draw your attention to the upcoming 22nd Meeting of the European Neurological Society that will take place in Prague / Czech Republic from June 9-12, 2012.
This major event in neurology attracts a growing number of participants from European and non-European countries. International experts will present and discuss the latest and most important trends as well as highlights of modern neurological research and therapy, relating to topics such as Parkinson´s disease, Alzheimer´s disease, Stroke or Multiple Sclerosis.
You are kindly invited to attend the Meeting in Prague.
We will inform media representatives about Congress highlights at a press briefing and through a number of press releases.
The press conference for the ENS Meeting will take place on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Media Centre (room 2.3).
The preliminary programme of the Congress can be found on the internet at http://www.congrex.ch/ens2012.
If you are a media representative and if you are interested in participating in the ENS Meeting, please get back to us, so that we can prepare your accreditation – below you will find the contact details.
As in previous years, our agency supports the office of the European Neurological Society to facilitate media relations. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any further information at this stage.
We are looking forward to collaborating with you successfully and to meeting you in Prague.
Dr. Birgit Kofler
B&K - Bettschart&Kofler Kommunikationsberatung GmbH
Tel.: +43-1-319 43 78-13; Mobil: +43-676-63 68 930
There is an opportunity for ABSW members to visit the Wellcome Sanger Institute on Friday 20th April from 1:30-5pm. Over the course of the afternoon members will hear from the Director of the Institute and a selection of the Institute’s researchers as well as going on a full guided tour of the facilities.
Research at the Institute is varied and addresses issues that may impact us all directly. Mainstream media frequently covers their high profile research. Stories which have been highlighted recently include: the publication of the full gorilla genome sequence, cataloguing the mutations present in Tasmanian devil cancer, and a key discovery in understanding how the most deadly species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, invades human red blood cells.
There are only a few spaces left so please complete the booking form (as per the link below) ASAP if you wish to attend.
The journals Nature and Science have recently received papers from two teams of researchers showing that the H5N1 virus could mutate into a form that could spread rapidly among a human population. Various national and international bodies have expressed concern that the safety and security of both the research worker and wider society needs to be considered before work of this kind is published in full. Set against this is the basic principle of openness in science: scientists should operate openly and publish their findings.
The Royal Society will host an international scientific meeting on 3rd and 4th April 2012 to discuss the practice and policy of H5N1 research, with a programme of talks and discussions organised by Professor John Skehel FRS and Professor Simon Wain-Hobson. This conference will discuss virus research, and the safety, security, and ethical aspects from the perspectives of researchers, publishers, policymakers and funders.
Confirmed speakers include: Dr Bruce Alberts, Professor Jeffrey Almond, Professor Paul Berg ForMemRS, David Brown, Dr Philip Campbell, Professor Peter Doherty AC FRS, Sir Gordon Duff, Dr Ron Fouchier, Laurie Garrett, Professor John Harris, Dr Thomas Inglesby, Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Dr Paul Keim, Professor Hans-Dieter Klenk, Professor Michael Osterholm, Professor Malik Peiris FRS, Sir John Savill, Bruce Schneier, Dr Ross Upshur, Professor Robert Webster FRS.
Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting. Pre-registration online is essential. The full programme and a link to the registration page can be found here:
Basic Research, Economic Value and Entrepreneurship - Best Practices of International Spin-off and Technologyparks
Tuesday| June 5, 2012 | 17:00 | IST Austria Klosterneuburg | Raiffeisen Lecture Hall
A lively and growing entrepreneurship and high-tech scene is important for the economic long-term strength of a region and country, in addition to macro-economic and other micro-economic impact factors. One important principle of IST Austria is to exploit the results of basic research, if possible, either via licensing or successful spin-offs. A joint company with the Lower Austrian eco plus will develop the spin-off area opposite the campus. But what does it take to start a successful technology- and spin-off-park close to a first-class basic research institute? What are the international role models and best practices? A high-level international panel will discuss these questions and try to provide answers.
This event series is a joint initiative of IST Austria and the Federation of Austrian Industries, as a signal for the good partnership between industry and basic research in Austria. The event takes place regularly to enable the intellectual exchange of opinions and facts between science and business. With this event, IST Austria would like to express its gratitude to President Sorger for his tireless commitment dedicated to the establishment and advancement of our Institute.
A free shuttle is provided to / from IST Austria
16:20 from Haus der Industrie, Schwarzenbergplatz 4, 1031 Vienna
Return from IST Austria at 21:00 to Haus der Industrie for registered participants.
Looking forward to welcoming you at IST Austria,
Public Outreach and Events
Am Campus 1
ABSW visit to the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge
20th April 2012
There is an opportunity for ABSW members to visit the WellcomeSanger Institute on Friday 20th April from 1:30-5pm. Over the courseof the afternoon members will hear from the Director of the Institute and aselection of the Institute’s researchers as well as going on a full guided tourof the facilities.
Research at the Institute is varied and addressesissues that may impact us all directly. Mainstream media frequently coverstheir high profile research. Stories which have been highlighted recentlyinclude: the publication of the full gorilla genome sequence, cataloguing themutations present in Tasmanian devil cancer, and a key discovery inunderstanding how the most deadly species of malaria parasite, Plasmodiumfalciparum, invades human red blood cells.
There is very limited space so please complete thebooking form (as per the link below) ASAP if you wish to attend.