UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ)

A biennial Conference organised by the ABSW 


News Flash!

In 2016 the UKCSJ will become the European Conference of Science Journalists

In 2016 the European Science Open Forum will be held in the UK (Manchester).  The first ever European Conference of Science Journalists was held in Copenhagen 2014 when ESOF took place in Denmark.   As ESOF is in the UK in 2016 the ABSW is organising the 2016 European Conference of Science Journalists in conjunction with our European counterparts.   The format will be similar to that of previous UKCSJs and as the programme develops more information will be posted here.

Date: Saturday 23 July, Manchester Central, Manchester


The UKCSJ - a full day of discussion and debate with three key aims: 

 
To discuss and debate contemporary issues in science journalism
To encourage and provide skills for newcomers
To promote professional development
 
The first ever UKCSJ was held in 2010 and followed in the footsteps of the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) held in London.  The WCSJ saw nearly 1000 delegates from all around the world meeting to discuss issues affecting the profession of science journalism. Demand for delegate places at the London Conference was high amongst UK science journalists and revealed a real desire for a forum in which professional issues could be discussed. To meet this demand the ABSW organised the UKCSJ - a WCSJ on a far smaller scale with the focus on the profession in the UK.   For 2012 the ABSW increased capacity due to demand and the Conference can now accomodate 300 delegates.  The UKCSJ runs on alternate years to fit with the alternate year programme of the World Conference of Science Journalists.
 
Sponsorship
There are many ways in which organisations can work with the UKCSJ to support science journalism in the UK whilst engaging the attention of the UK's science media. Please refer to our support brochure for 2014.   Or contact Sallie Robins, Conference Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding future UKCSJ's and other ABSW events.
 

The ABSW would like to thank our supporters for UKCSJ14 

Lead Conference Partner
 
Elsevier
 
Session Sponsor
Mosaic Science
 
Fortnight
 
Student Scholarships
 
BPS
 
Venue and facilities

30. Climate change coverage: The messy marriage of science, policy, and politics

In 2009, global climate change heats up on the international stage. The United Nations will attempt to hammer out a new international treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions, culminating in the Copenhagen meeting in December. The world will be watching for a strong signal from the new American President and Congress that the United States is ready to move forward after eight years of inaction by the Bush Administration. At the same time, the issue of climate change has enormous competition from other global issues, from an economic meltdown to food shortages. How well are the media in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world doing in covering the science and policy choices? Or are journalists just falling into old patterns by emphasizing the drama and covering climate change like a political horse race?

24. A picture of health? Who shapes public opinion on pharma?

Strand: Biomedical Strand

Website: Wellcome Trust

The public reputation of the pharmaceutical industry has fallen precipitously over the last decade, according to opinion surveys, along with the industry’s market capitalization. Does the industry deserve this loss in public support, or has the media played a role in it, by portraying drug companies in a negative light? This panel will discuss public perceptions of the drug industry, and ask: is press coverage too critical of it — or not critical enough?

Elsevier Lead Conference Partner for 2014

The ABSW is delighted to announce that Elsevier are supporting the UKCSJ for a third year as our Lead Conference Partner.   Speaking about the 2012 UKCSJ Harald Boersma, Director Corporate Relations, Elsevier said:

“You ran the event perfectly, once again, and it was just impressive to see how the event has grown even further, both in terms of the number of delegates and in terms of their level of engagement in the discussions.”

Also supporting in 2014, again for the third time, are the Royal Society and the British Psychological Society.   The Wellcome Trust has supported the Conference previously and it's latest initiative Mosaic is supporting in 2014.

If you would like to join these organisations to support science journalism in the UK whilst engaging the attention of the UK's science media please see the 2014 support brochure or contact Conference Director Sallie Robins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UKCSJ 2014 - Date and Venue Announced

The date and venue for UKCSJ2014 have now been announced.  The conference will take place on Wednesday 18 June 2014 at The Royal Society, London.   Registrations will not open until Spring 2014 but you can register your interest now and recieve updates on the Conference and the registration process.

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