The first UK Conference of Science Journalists took place on Friday 23rd July 2010 at the Royal Society in London. The programme of the day is below.
09:00- 09:30 Registration and coffee
09:30 – 10:30 Opening Plenary: ClimateGate: Were journalists asleep at the wheel?
Speakers: Myles Allen (University of Oxford), Tom Clarke (C4 News), Oliver Morton (The Economist), James Randerson (The Guardian), Professor Robert Watson (Chief Scientific Advisor, DEFRA). Chair: Gabrielle Walker (writer, broadcaster).
10:40 – 11:40 Parallel sessions 1 and 2
1: The Future of Genomics (part 1)
Speakers: Mark Henderson (The Times), Daniel Macarthur (Blogger and Scientist at Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre), Dr. Christine Patch (Guy’s Hospital, London), Dr. James Brenton (Cancer Research, UK) and Alison Hall (Project Manager, PHG Foundation).
2: Meet the Editors
Speakers: Robin McKie (Observer); Kim Shillinglaw (BBC); Graham Lawton (New Scientist), Mark Peplow (Nature), David Rowan (Wired UK), John Travis (Science-International). Chair: Jacqui Thornton (freelance journalist).
11:45 – 12:45 Parallel sessions 3 and 4
3: The Future of Genomics (part 2)
Speakers: See Part 1
4: Straight Statistics
Speakers: Nigel Hawkes (Straight Statistics)
12:45 – 14:00 lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Parallel sessions 5 and 6
5: Creative Feature Writing
Speakers: Graham Lawton (Features Editor, New Scientist), James Meek (British Writer and Journalist). Chair - Alok Jha (Guardian).
6: Peer Review
Speakers: Peter Aldhous (New Scientist), Philip Campbell (Nature), Brian Deer (freelance investigative reporter), Fiona Godlee (Editor, BMJ), Tracey Brown (Director, Sense About Science). Chair: Connie St.Louis (City University).
15:10 – 16:10 Parallel sessions 7 and 8
7: Multiplatform Working
Speakers: Andy Bull (author of "Multimedia Journalism"), Richard Hollingham (freelance science journalist and radio presenter) Lisa Sargood (Multiplatform Commissioning Executive, BBC Vision), Stuart Arnott (Director, Spark). Chair: Connie St.Louis (City University)
8: Business as usual?
Speakers: Martin Bauer (LSE), Andy Williams (Cardiff University), Ed Yong (Not Exactly Rocket Science), Fiona Fox (Science Media Centre), Chair: Pallab Ghosh (BBC)
16:10 – 16:40 coffee
16:40 – 17:40 Closing Plenary: Is free news killing good science journalism?