WCSJ 2009 External Coverage

If it’s 2009, this must be London

WCSJ 2009Well, here we are at last.

It’s exactly 806 days (yes, I’ve counted them) since a high-powered but slightly nervous team put an ultimately successful bid to the board of the World Federation of Science Journalists to host their biennial conference in London in 2009.

The occasion was the fifth such conference, which opened on the following day (17 April 2007) in Melbourne, Australia. But the initial incentive for the bid was sparked by the success of the previous conference, which had taken place in Montreal, Canada, in October 2004.

Voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) as a way of preventing HIV


A UNITED Nations Population Fund (UNPF) survey in Zambia shows that 80 per cent of all HIV/AIDS infections are transmitted through heterosexual contact.

The survey says out of 100 new infections, 71 are estimated to arise through sex with non-regular partners while 21 per cent of new infections are estimated to occur in people who report that they have only one sexual partner, which signifies a great risk even for those who are faithful.

TB prevention: Here comes preventive therapy

ZAMBIA is one of the countries most severely affected by the dual tuberculosis and HIV epidemics. To reduce the risk of active TB in people living with HIV who are exposed to TB, Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT) is being piloted in Zambia by the Zambia AIDS-Related TB (ZAMBART) Project, writes our staffer BENEDICT TEMBO


WHEN medical authorities at Kanyama clinic confirmed her husband had tuberculosis (TB), Judith Mvula embarked on preventive therapy to protect herself from being infected with the airborne disease.

Shock horrors or sound science?

17 September 2009
By Zoë Corbyn

After defending science reporting against Goldacre’s ‘unremitting focus’ on missteps, Drayson promises to look into tales of misrepresentation. Zoë Corbyn reports

Has the state of science reporting in Britain improved or is the era of MMR scare stories far from over?

That was the question addressed by Lord Drayson, the Science Minister, and Ben Goldacre, the author and columnist, as they went head to head last night in a debate sponsored by Times Higher Education.