WCSJ 2009 Session Reviews

Blogs, big physics and breaking news

It's perhaps fitting that as CERN was the site where the World Wide Web had its own big bang that this session should consider the impact that the web, in particular Web 2.0, has been having on CERN's most famous gadget, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The panellists considered how corporate and independent science blogs might be shuffling into place alongside traditional news media in terms of reliability of the information posted there, often anonymously, and whether blogs can be trusted as a news source and appropriately evaluated.

Does science need to be highbrow?

In this session, four journalists from different outlets discussed if reporters should take an elitist and an intellectual stance when writing about science. The consensual answer was 'no'. They all agreed that science journalism cannot afford to be highbrow if it wants to reach the masses.

Turning Africa Into a Hot Spot for Solar Power

Renewable, green, clean, durable, novel—there’s no shortage of adjectives to describe energy produced using the sun, wind, water, geothermal sources, and biofuels. The idea is to switch from fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas to natural resources considered inexhaustible. Many such plans were discussed on 30 June during the Green Energy Technologies workshop at the WCSJ.

La publication de la recherche scientifique dans les pays en développement

Combler rapidement le fossé

La faiblesse de la vulgarisation de la recherche scientifique constitue un frein au développement des connaissances scientifiques dans de nombreux pays en développement.

Certaines organisations privées l’ont reconnu à Londres lors d’une rencontre à la 6ème Conférence Mondiale des Journalistes Scientifiques. Il s’agit des organismes comme HINARI, AGORA et OARE qui travaillent en collaboration avec l’OMS, la FAO et le Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement, PNUE.