Events for Wednesday, July 1

a. Plenary sessions    

3: Climate change: Gearing up for Copenhagen      2009-07-01 10:00 - 11:00

b. Parallel sessions

06. Four Journalists who changed the world 2009-07-01 11:30 - 13:00
07. Science on television: Here today, gone tomorrow? 2009-07-01 11:30 - 13:00
08. Recipe for disaster: A growing population and climate change. Can science serve up a solution? 2009-07-01 11:30 - 13:00
09. Does science need to be highbrow? 2009-07-01 11:30 - 13:00
10. The future of science news? 2009-07-01 11:30 - 13:00
10.1a. The Big debate: Is the British media the best or worst in the world at covering science? 2009-07-01 11:30 - 13:00
  UK science journalism debate 2009-07-01 12:00 - 13:00
10.2a. ABSWs How to Publish a Popular Science Book 2009-07-01 13:30 - 14:30
11. As others see us: Science fiction writers on science journalism 2009-07-01 14:30 - 16:00
12. Strife at the top: Lord May of Oxford in conversation with Tim Radford 2009-07-01 14:30 - 16:00
13. Is the growing influence of PR on science journalism in the public interest? 2009-07-01 14:30 - 16:00
14. Different strokes for different science folk 2009-07-01 14:30 - 16:00
15. A drought or a flood? Climate change reporting around the world 2009-07-01 14:30 - 16:00
15.1a. Swine flu or Whine Flu? Pigging out on scare stories 2009-07-01 14:30 - 16:00
16. The science controversy that broke the mould: The media battle for human/animal embryos 2009-07-01 16:30 - 18:00
17. Covering a disaster from Sichuan to Sri Lanka 2009-07-01 16:30 - 18:00
18. Investigative science reporting: Does it exist? 2009-07-01 16:30 - 18:00
19. The death of science magazines: real or exaggerated? 2009-07-01 16:30 - 18:00
20. Food: the good, the bad and the misreported 2009-07-01 16:30 - 18:00

d. Press Briefings and Fringe Events   

1. Nature Press Conference   2009-07-01 09:30 - 10:00
2. Workshop: Pimp my Podcast. Using multimedia to enhance your reporting [1] 2009-07-01 11:00 - 13:00
3. Confronting the killers: European health research leads the fight
4. The Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research 2009 Winner Announcement Press Briefing 2009-07-01 16:00 - 16:30
5. General Assembly of the World Federation of Science Journalists 2009-07-01 16:30 - 18:30

e. Breakfasts/Lunches/Receptions    

  Breakfast Session 1: Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2009-07-01 08:30 - 09:30
  Breakfast Session 2. Meet the Editors Forum 2009-07-01 08:30 - 09:30
  Breakfast Session 3. WFSJ Associations breakfast (by invitation) 2009-07-01 08:30 - 09:30
  Lunch Session 1. Building research capacity and healthcare solutions in Africa to fight TB,
river blindness and malaria
2009-07-01 13:15 - 14:15
  Lunch session 2. UK Research: Excellence with Impact 2009-07-01 13:15 - 14:15
  Lunch session 3. The rise of the Middle East’s “Bayt Al-Hikma” (House of Wisdom): Developing Qatar as the region’s leading center for science, research and education 2009-07-01 13:15 - 14:15
  Lunch session 4. SciDev.Net Networking event   2009-07-01 13:30 - 14:30
  Gala Reception 2009-07-01 19:00 - 21:30

11. As others see us: Science fiction writers on science journalism

Science fiction is a crucial setting for the public perception of and the public understanding and cultural response to science. People who read science journalism may often read (or watch) science fiction too – and people who read science fiction are almost certainly readers of science journalism. So are the people who write it. On this panel, three eminent science fiction writers will provide a critical consumer’s view of science journalism, discussing the similarities and differences they see between what we do and what they do, and how both forms of writing inform and are informed by the cultural setting of science.

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12. Strife at the top: Lord May of Oxford in conversation with Tim Radford

Strand: Biomedical Strand
Host or sponsor: Session supported by Darwin200 & Natural History Museum
Website: Wellcome Trust

Lord May of Oxford, OM, former chief scientific adviser to the British government, former president of the Royal Society, former chairman of the trustees of the Natural History Museum, and former adviser to Tom Stoppard, speaks with even more than usual frankness to Tim Radford, former science editor of the Guardian, about science, government, the media, biodiversity and controversy.

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17. Covering a disaster from Sichuan to Sri Lanka

Strand: Development Strand
Host or sponsor: Session supported by Knight Science Journalism Fellowships
Website: Department for International Development

On 12 May 2008, a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck China’s Sichuan Province, killing at least 80,000 people. Hundreds of journalists converged on the region to cover the frantic rescue efforts. A handful of science journalists were on the scene as well. How did they cover the quake and its aftermath? How do their experiences compare with science journalists who covered the South Asian Tsunami of 2004? This session will feature three firsthand accounts of science reporting in disaster zones.

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19. The death of science magazines: real or exaggerated?

Science magazines have been hit by a double whammy: the rise of free internet publishing and a severe downturn in advertising both online and in print. So how are they going to survive? To look for ways out of this predicament, this session will bring together editors from a variety of top magazines : Scientific American, the Economist and Cosmos. It will cover issues such as the role and value of quality journalism, how magazines will make money in future and the role of the web and gadgets, such as Kindle and electronic paper, in publishing.

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