Opportunities to support UKCSJ18

 

UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ)

UKCSJ18

Promoting clear, critical and challenging science journalism

For science to truly benefit society – it must be tested by critical science journalism of the highest professional standards. What people need more than ever before is for us to do our jobs as well as we can. 

-Our job is to be independent, honest and unbiased.

-Our job is to challenge the information we are given.

-And our job is to report it clearly, accurately and to the very highest standards of journalism.

Pallab Ghosh, Honorary President of the ABSW and Science Correspondent, BBC News

UKCSJ18 - four key aims

  • To promote professional development
  • To discuss and debate contemporary issues in science journalism
  • To encourage innovative new approaches in science journalism and journalistic entrepreneurship
  • To provide skills for newcomers

UKCSJ18 – a streamlined and focussed event

The UKCSJ is the only UK conference organised by science journalists for science journalists. In 2018 our focus is on promoting clear, critical and challenging science journalism through two distinct streams:

  • Professional development and skills building
  • Discussion of contemporary issues in science journalism

When: Autumn 2018, London

Capacity: 150 delegates  

Sessions: Two plenary sessions and eight parallel sessions

Dedicated website: www.ukcsj.org

Opportunities to Support UKCSJ18

UKCSJ will be an excellent opportunity for organisations to contribute to the continuing development of the profession of science journalism within the UK whilst engaging the attention of the UK science media. Through sponsorship, exhibition and in-kind assistance, supporters of UKCSJ will be able to:

  • Network with UK science journalists and broadcasters.
  • Contribute to skills and professional development for science journalists.
  • Gain exposure for your organisation to the UK science media – before, during and after the event, including through pre-event marketing.
  • Promote awareness about key advances in science, engineering, technology, environment or medicine.
  • Forge new contacts for future communication with the science media.
  • Engage in new initiatives promoting clear, critical and challenging science journalism
  • Form connections with the next generation of science journalists - a long-term investment in corporate communications and scientific outreach.

History and Background

The UKCSJ is an initiative of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and was established after the great success of the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) held in London in 2009. The WCSJ2009 attracted nearly 1000 delegates from all around the world who met 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 first ever UKCSJ in 2010 with the focus on the profession in the UK. The success of the first conference led to agreement that the ABSW should hold the Conference in alternate years to fit with the alternate year programme of the World Conference of Science Journalists. 

Quotes and tweets from previous delegates, speakers & sponsors

“…wanted to email to congratulate and thank you both on a brilliantly-executed day of interesting meetings and interesting people.”   Alok Jha, Science Editor, ITV News

Superb sessions in #London yesterday at #ukcsj with @absw - fascinating writing insights and lots of expertise under one roof. Thanks all!

“It was a really great chance to meet lots of people and learn a thing or two!.... I'm really grateful for the sponsorship.” Student scholar

My mind is filled with so many good ideas I got from attending #ukcsj and #POC14. Must commit ideas to paper before they disappear!

“I live in Dublin, and I seldom get the opportunity to meet in person with journalists/editors based in Britain. This was an excellent opportunity for me to do so.” Claire O’Connell, Freelance Journalist

Fantastic day at #ukcsj yesterday. Informative, enjoyable, inspiring.

Great day with client @ElsevierNews at #ukcsj. Lots of interesting sessions and lovely science journalists! Thanks to @absw for organising!

 “I just wanted to send a quick thank you note for reaching out about the UKCSJ and to say congratulations on a successful event. It was great to see all the EurekAlert! supporters and see the great effort in the UK to communicate science. I'm very happy to have been a part of it, and look forward to what's to come with the conference in the future.”  Tiffany Montero, AAAS (Sponsor)

Opportunities Available UKCSJ18

Lead Conference Partner (1 opportunity)

UKCSJ offers the Lead Conference Partner key opportunities to network and promote their organisation:

  • Your organisation logo to appear on all promotional materials including conference programme, website home page, advertisements, and e-newsletter
  • Opportunity for a senior representative to make a 3-minute presentation to welcome all delegates to the UKCSJ at the start of the conference
  • A list of delegates (pdf format) who have consented to having their details on the delegates’ list, two weeks prior to the conference
  • Free standing signage (provided by your organisation) at prominent locations throughout the conference
  • 4 complimentary passes to UKCSJ
  • Exhibition space in the exhibition area
  • Literature distribution to delegates
  • Association membership of ABSW

£6,000 + VAT

Evening reception and networking event (1 opportunity)

  • Opportunity for a senior representative to make a 3-minute presentation to delegates at an evening drinks reception and networking event held immediately after the UKCSJ18
  • 2 complimentary delegate passes to UKCSJ plus 2 additional invitees to the reception to network with delegates
  • Complete branding of the evening event, such as exhibition stand, free standing signage and banners
  • Distribution of materials of your choice to delegates at the reception.
  • Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme.
  • Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£4,000 + VAT

Lunch (1 opportunity)

This 1-hour break is an excellent time for networking and promoting your organisation. Lunch sponsorship includes:

•Opportunity for a senior representative to make a 3-minute presentation to delegates.

•2 complimentary delegate passes to UKCSJ.

•Free standing signage at prominent locations during the lunch.

•Distribution of materials to delegates during lunch.

•Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme.

•Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£3,000 + VAT

Stream Sponsorship (2 opportunities)

Two streams available; professional development and skills building & discussion of contemporary issues in science journalism

•Opportunity for a senior representative to welcome delegates to first session within the relevant stream

•2 complimentary delegate passes to UKCSJ.

•Free standing signage in prominent location for your stream

•Distribution of materials to delegates within stream sessions

•Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme and in all materials relating to the stream

•Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£3,000 + VAT

Exhibition Stands (5 opportunities)

Exhibition stands are available for sponsors to display information and resources. These will be in the conference refreshment area used by all UKCSJ delegates during coffee, tea and lunch breaks. Exhibition sponsorship includes:

•2 members of staff in the exhibition area.

•Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme.

•Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£750 + VAT

Literature distribution (5 opportunities)

We are offering the option for organisations to provide one piece of literature for distribution to UKCSJ delegates at registration.

•Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme.

•Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£500 + VAT

Student Scholarships

•Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme.

•Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£500 + VAT per student to cover delegate fee, accommodation and travel (UK or Europe) for a journalism student to attend the UKCSJ

Badges/Lanyards (1 opportunity)

•Your choice of colour and design of conference badge lanyard to include your logo plus ABSW logo

•Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme.

•Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£1000 + VAT (50% discount if sponsor produces lanyards)

Memory Stick (1 opportunity)

•Your organisation to order/design and provide memory sticks for all Conference Delegates (at your cost)

•Memory sticks can contain information on your organisation such as expert’s directory for journalists

•Memory sticks will be distributed to each delegate

•Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme.

•Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£500 + VAT

Delegate Bags (1 opportunity)

•Your organisation to order/design and provide delegate bags for Conference Delegates (at your cost).  The bag must include the ABSW logo – artwork will be provided.  NB: Alternatively, the ABSW can manage bag production to incorporate your logo as supplied – see two tier costs below

•Bag can contain one piece of literature or promotional item (pen or pad for example, memory sticks not allowed as this is a separate sponsorship opportunity)

•Bags will be provided to delegates on arrival and will contain additional literature from other sponsors and from conference organisers

•Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme.

•Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£1000 + VAT or

£2000 + VAT if ABSW organises design and production of bags incorporating your logo

Promotional Items/Gifts (5 opportunities)

We are offering the option for organisations to provide a promotional item (eg: branded pen/notepad) for distribution to UKCSJ delegates at registration.

•             Your organisation’s logo and acknowledgement in the conference programme.

•             Website link through logo on the conference sponsors web page.

£500 + VAT

Other opportunities

If you have an idea for supporting science journalism through the UKCSJ please contact the Conference Director to discuss. 

Sallie Robins

UKCSJ Director

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07733 330344

@absw