Monday, June 29th 2009

01. Reporting about climate change

Host or sponsor: Session supported by UNESCO-HQ Paris and UK Commission for UNESCO

Good climate change reporting means understanding the science of climate, the merits of proposed solutions, and the political and social context of the problem.

This workshop will cover all three areas with a focus on the needs of journalists in developing nations.

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02. Food security and sustainability - Can we avert a food crisis?

Host or sponsor: The workshop is organised and sponsored by the UKs main funding agency for research in the biosciences, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID).

In the face of an inexorably growing global population, changing diets, conflict and economic chaos, all against the backdrop of climate change, the only certainty we have is the coming crisis in producing enough nutritious food for everyone to eat.

The UK's Chief Scientific Advisor has already called for a 50% increase in global food production by 2030 if we are to feed everyone - despite the challenges of economics, trade, transport and conflict.

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03. Journalism Skills

This interactive workshop will be an opportunity for participants to exchange ideas about their own journalistic practice, as well as meeting some of Imperial College’s leading scientists. Imperial researchers will present their own work in a press office context, giving workshop participants the chance to interview the scientists and develop news angles specific to their own media organisations. By bringing together the real-life press conference environment with the reflective mode of the exploratory workshop, participants will gain insights in to their own practice whilst also picking up ideas from their peers.

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Events for Monday, June 29

c. Workshops

01. Reporting about climate change 2009-06-29 09:00 - 18:00
02. Food security and sustainability - Can we avert a food crisis? 2009-06-29 09:00 - 18:00
03. Journalism Skills 2009-06-29 09:00 - 18:00
04. Human disease genetics and emerging infectious diseases 2009-06-29 09:00 - 14:00
05. Pitfalls of Reporting about Clinical Trials 2009-06-29 14:00 - 18:00

e. Breakfasts/Lunches/Receptions

  Media Reception 2009-06-29 19:00 - 21:00