ECSJ 2016 Speakers

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Eva Belmonte

Eva BelmonteEva Belmonte (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is a journalist, graduated in the University of Barcelona, with ten years of experience writing and editing for major Spanish media organizations like El Mundo. Managing Editor at Civio, she designs, develops and supervises the data journalism projects portfolio. She also authors the daily blog Our daily BOE (with more than 30.000 unique visitors a month) and she is an expert in public information analysis. Her articles are re-published by all major outlets in Spain (El Pais, El Mundo, El Confidencial, etc.) and she is often invited on national television as a public information expert. She has authored the book Españopoly (Ariel, 2015), where she describes and documents how power structures work in Spain and how this relates to the traditional lack of governmental transparency and accountability. Her blog has been awarded by Open Knowledge Foundation -Spanish chapter- as best non-governmental transparency initiative, and the project Medicamentalia was named the best small newsroom investigation by the 2016 Data Journalism Awards of the Global Editors Network.

twitter: @evabelmonte



Slobodan Bubnjevic

Slobodan BubjevicNB: Slobodan Bubnjevic was unfortunately unable to attend the conference.

Slobodan Bubnjevic is science journalist form Belgrade, Serbia. He is editor-in-chief of magazine ELEMENTI (The Elements). This publication is established by Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN) in 2015, as the first illustrated popular science magazine in Serbia. In a short period of time, ELEMENTI attracted a large audience and become an isolated successful media project in the decades of regional cultural and media decline. With a background in physics, experience in writing and training in investigative journalism, Bubnjevic’s career started off just after the fall of Milosevic regime. When he started reporting with the independent weekly VREME, based in Belgrade, Mr. Bubnjevic was the one of the few authors who had been regularly reporting on scientific topics in Serbia. During years, he published numerous articles, reports and interviews. He is author of several books. At the moment, he is the head of CPN Department for the Print, Internet and Video Production. He is born in Rijeka, Croatia.

Deborah Cohen

Deborah Cohen Deborah Cohen has worked in science and health broadcasting for over 35 years, producing programmes for BBC Radios 3 and 4 and the World Service, and for BBC World News TV. She has been the Editor of the Radio Science Unit since 1990 where she is currently responsible for programmes such as Inside Science, Health Check, The Infinite Monkey Cage and The Life Scientific.

Deborah studied Physics at the University of Durham, and social studies in science at the University of Manchester..

She was awarded an MBE for services to science and the media in 2009.

Nick Dunkerley

Nick Dunkerley With a background in sound engineering and radio journalism at DR (Danish National Broadcasting Corporation), Nick has more than 15 years experience in public radio broadcasting. Before founding Hindenburg Systems, he worked as a consultant for community radio stations in Zambia. It was while working on a radio project there that he made the initial sketches for an audio editor. “I just need something simple that can be used by any storyteller ….. “

Viola Egikova

Viola Egikova Viola Egikova is science journalist based in Moscow, science desk chief in a daily newspaper, chief of its monthly supplement Eureka. President of Russian Association for Science Writers and Journalists, Coordinator of the Program Committee of All-Russia Science Festival, Honorary Secretary (2008-2012) and Vice-President of EUSJA (2012-2016) – European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations, winner of different Prizes for science journalism (including the Prize of Moscow State University for science journalism, Prize for the best science journalism from the Government of the city of Moscow, the Medal of Excellence from the City of Moscow). Organizer of international study trips for science journalists, panelist to different international conferences (ESOF, WCSJ, ECSJ, EC), organizer of the panel “Science journalism in totalitarian countries” to WCSJ in Helsinki, the session “Creating a better future for health in Europe - journalists and experts in dialogue” to Gastein Forum in Austria.

Sabine Louët 

Sabine Louët Sabine Louët is a media entrepreneur and an experienced science journalist and editor based in Dublin, Ireland. Sabine has built a career in science and technology publishing in the past 20 years. She was previously News Editor for the international peer-reviewed journal Nature Biotechnology ( In February 2013, she became the Editor of a magazine called EuroScientist (, focusing on the interface between science, policy and society, which is published by pan-European scientists grassroots organisation EuroScience.

In October 2014, she founded a start-up called SciencePOD ( )—which stands for Science Prose On-Demand. SciencePOD is an online specialist content creation agency for science, medicine, technology and innovation. It offers a cloud-based platform to fast track the editorial commissioning and content creation process and gives its clients access to a network of vetted science journalists, editors and proofreaders, with an expertise spanning a broad range of scientific and technology disciplines. SciencePOD creates content on behalf of its clients, delivering articles, interviews, reports or any type of multimedia content. Soon, its unique content creation platform will also be made available directly to clients who wish to commission content themselves.

David Miller 

David Miller David Miller is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath. He is also co-founder of Public Interest Investigations/Spinwatch and Editor of Powerbase, a wiki that monitors power networks. He is currently completing a report on the Science Media Centre. Recent books and reports include:

Impact of Market Forces on Addictive Substances and Behaviours: The web of influence of addictive industries (co-author - 2016, Oxford University Press).
Stretching the Sociological Imagination: Essays in Honour of John Eldridge. (co-editor – 2015 Palgrave Macmillan).
The Henry Jackson Society and the Degeneration of British Neoconservatism. (co-author - 2015, Public Interest Investigations).
A Century of Spin - How Public Relations Became the Cutting Edge of Corporate Power. (co-author - 2008, Pluto Press).


Pampa Garcia Molina

Pampa Garcia Molina Pampa Garcia Molina is a science journalist. She is a board member of the Spanish Association for Scientific Communication (AECC). Since 2011, she is the chief editor of Agencia Sinc, the public news agency specialized in science, technology, health and environment in Spain with Creative Commons license.


Louise Gray

Louise Gray is a writer and freelance environmental journalist based in Scotland. Her first book, The Ethical Carnivore, is published by Bloomsbury in September 2016. From 2008 to 2013 she was Environment Correspondent at The Daily Telegraph where she covered annual UN climate change talks as well as writing about recycling, farming and the countryside. Louise has since written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Spectator, among others. She has also featured on BBC television and radio. Louise is increasingly interested in writing about how our everyday actions impact on the environment, for example through the food we eat.

Jane Gregory

Jane GregoryJane Gregory is an academic working on the public dimensions of science and technology. She is interested in the role of public communication in the construction of scientific knowledge, and in long-term trends in science communication. 

Ben Jackson

Ben Jackson is a freelance environment journalist and the first ever Environment Editor at The Sun newspaper.

A New Zealander, he is acknowledged to be the first tabloid journalist in the UK to bring the reporting of climate change into the mainstream media.

He held the role for six years until September 2015 after being appointed by James Murdoch - the son of the newspaper's proprietor and an enthusiastic environmentalist - and has been widely consulted on the reporting of science in the tabloid media.

In 2009 he travelled to Brazil with the Prince of Wales securing an exclusive hour long interview with him in the Amazon rainforest.
He also reported first hand on the largest recorded sea ice melt in the Arctic, record breaking flooding across the UK, droughts in Niger and East Africa and the refugee crisis in Syria.

He was a founder member of News UK's staff environment group and provided extensive coverage of major UNFCCC events in Copenhagen, Cancun and Paris. He is married with two children and lives in London.

His Twitter address is @benjacksonone

Geoffrey Lean

Geoffrey LeanGeoffrey Lean is in his 47th year of covering the environment, having specialised in the subject successively for the Yorkshire Post, Observer, Independent on Sunday and (until last December) the Daily Telegraph for which he wrote a weekly column, and also writing for publications ranging from the New Statesman to the Daily Mail. He has broadcast frequently, published several books, produced reports for international organisations, and - for more than 20 years – edited the UN's flagship environmental magazine. His awards include the Martha Gellhorn Award for investigative journalism and Scoop of the Year in both the British Press Awards and the London Press Club Awards and he is the current Journalist of the Year in the Green Ribbon Political Awards. 

Oliver Lehmann

Oliver LehmannBiography:

Twitter: @viennalehmann

Giles Newton

Giles NewtonGiles learned to swim in Roald Dahl’s pool (and was bitten by his dog), spent seemingly large parts of his youth walking over English and Welsh mountains and hills, worked as a taxi driver, and gained a degree and PhD in genetics at Newcastle. He is now the Head of Editorial at the Wellcome Trust, and is the Editor of Mosaic.


Tim Radford

Tim RadfordTim Radford was science editor of the Guardian until 2005. He is one of the four founding editors of the website Climate News Network ( He has been covering climate change since 1988.

James Randerson

James RandersonJames is an award-winning journalist with 15 years experience. Currently Assistant National News Editor at the Guardian working on both print and digital, he has previously been the paper's online environment editor and science correspondent. Prior to joining the Guardian he was deputy news editor at New Scientist magazine and he has written for a range of publications including Scientific American, the San Francisco Chronicle and Wallpaper* magazine. In 2015, James led the Guardian's 'Keep it in the Ground' climate change project which has won several awards including campaign of the year at the British Journalism Awards and a Webby.

Twitter: @james_randerson


Dino Trescher

Dino TrescherDino Trescher is a science journalist and science communication scholar based in Berlin. He is editor of, a public knowledge and debate magazine on emerging technologies and founder of Constart Correspondent Network, an alliance of international journalists, reporting at the interface of science, technology and society. As a science journalists, communication scientist and EUSJA delegate he currently contributes to the EU project SATORI Ethics in Research and Innovation. Collaborating with peers across borders: he cofounded the collaboration platform with Stefano Valentino. His teams won various research grants from journalismfund, Robert Bosch Foundation, Science Journalism Initiative: air pollution (2014), (2012), EU research funding (2011), risk research (2010). In a team he won the journalism award Gedankenstrich 2012 for ‘What it means to be nano, in 2010 he came 3rd in the Science Journalism Contest at ESOF for ‘Vikings get ahead in Science’. His work is published in print and online media e.g.: Euroscientist Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, TechnologyReview, Wissenschaftsmanagement. Dino Trescher holds a master degree in Science Communication (TU Berlin) and Media Management and Journalism (DHBW Ravensburg).