Venue: University Great Hall
The plenary aims to provide a forum for us to consider the challenges we face and our role in a world where there’s never been a greater need for high quality science journalism.
The bulk of the session is led by the audience but it will be ignited with brief talks by two experienced journalists, Pallava Bagla from India and Veronique Morin from Canada about their approach to science journalism.
Drawing on examples of their own work they will explain how they feel their role is to “kick ass” and why that has been a force for good in an age where there is so much communication/propagandising of science, especially by the emerging Science Media Centres across the world.
This will be followed by responses from two upcoming science journalists Mohammed Yahia from Egypt and Lucy Calderon from Guatemala on how much time they are able to devote to critical and investigative journalism in their roles.
Pallab Ghosh (UK), science correspondent, BBC News
Pallava Bagla (India), science editor, New Delhi Television, science correspondent, Science: Don’t be afraid ask critical questions: Science reporting from the world’s largest democracy.
Veronique Morin (Canada), science journalist in broadcast and print magazines: Stepping up and laying low in a muzzled environment.
Mohammed Yahia (Egypt), editor, Nature Middle East
Lucy Calderon (Guatemala), science journalist