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Weather and climate monitoring from space
 
EUMETSAT has funding for five science journalists to attend its Meteorological Satellite Conference in Oslo, Norway, on 5-9 September 2011. The conference is a meeting point for international experts in the fields of meteorology, climatology and environmental monitoring.
 
Topics at the conference include:

 


EUSJA trip: Deadline Aug 8: Call for applications to join Journalism Conference on European Fisheries -- Sept 27-29

It is now the last week of fielding applications for fully-funded (travel, accommodation and meals) places for a journalism conference on European Fisheries. Applications need to be submitted this week - Deadline 8th August 2011.

Internews' Earth Journalism

Network will be hosting a Journalism Conference on European Fisheries in Ireland the last week in September. Participation is open to European journalists via an application process which you can find on the website at http://earthjournalism.net/node/991, as well as being announced on the homepage at www.earthjournalism.org.



The National Press Foundation, a Washington DC-based nonprofit, is offering all-expenses-paid, six-day fellowships for journalists to learn about lung health issues, and to cover the 42nd Union World Conference on Tuberculosis and Lung Health, in Lille, France, this October.  
                        
The training and conference will cover lung health and related issues, including tuberculosis; TB/HIV; asthma, COPD and other non-communicable diseases; childhood pneumonia and tobacco control.  Journalists will learn about these diseases, the extent and impact of the problems they present and the new research, solutions and innovations that are in the pipeline.
 
Fellowships cover round-trip air and train fare as needed, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, some meals and a daily stipend. Selected journalists must have at least three years of reporting experience that includes health coverage. We hope to invite qualified candidates as soon as possible.
 
For more information and access to the online application, please pass along this link:
 
 http://natpr.es/lung11
 
More information about the National Press Foundation and our Journalist to Journalist programs is available on our website. We’d be happy to answer any questions you or journalists may have about the upcoming program. Please contact Ms. Kerry Buker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
The National Press Foundation has been educating journalists since 1974. We have trained nearly 500 journalists from 92 countries as part of our international work. We put journalists together with experts on complex topics, and give them time to talk. Everything we do is on the record.
 



Call for an EUSJA study trip to the ScanBalt Forum in Szczecin, Poland. The journalists will have a possibility to visit science centres in North Poland and North Germany and to participate the ScanBalt conference – from 20 to 23 of September (Deadline: August 25th). 


 
The nearest airport is Berlin (Tegel). There will be a bus shuttle from Berlin Tegel airport at 20:30 to Szczecin on 19 September (or when the last flight with an EUSJA participant arrives that day). On the last day of the study trip (22 September) a bus shuttle will bring the participants back to Berlin Tegel. However, they can stay  a day longer for the full ScanBalt conference. Please see the programme in the attachment.

As usual: Travel paid by participants, all the rest (accommodation, meal, transfers) is free.

Please send the applications to Viola Egikova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.): name, e-mail, position in media. And mention a ranking please if you have more than one candidate.

Details:

Journalist Tour at the occasion of 10 years of ScanBalt Forum,: “10 Years ScanBalt BioRegion - Towards a Balanced Regional Development and Smart Specialization in the Baltic Sea Region”; Sept. 19-24, 2011

 

Program:

- Scope: To learn about the activities, meet the actors and to experience crossborder cooperation projects in life sciences in the ScanBalt BioRegion/Northern Europe. This time focusing on Northern Germany and Northern Poland at the university cities Greifswald, Germany, and Szczecin, Poland.

- Key words: technology transfer, molecular medicine, industrial Biotechnology, biomaterial, crossborder cooperation,  telemedicine,

- Participants: By invitation of ca. 15 international scientific journalists

- Time: Tuesday, 20.Sept. – Friday, 23. Sept. 2011

- Visits at companies and research groups in the young Life Science sector in a young region of Europe

– 20 years after the fall of the “iron curtain” and 10 years of ScanBalt BioRegion; the conference is part of the official program of Germany´s presidency of  the Council of the Baltic Sea States, 2011-2012 (www.cbss.org)

- More: www.scanbaltforum2011.eu

Program – draft:
Datum/Zeit Stadt Programmpunkte
20:30-22:30 Transfer Berlin Tegel - Szczecin

20. September  Szczecin 
09.00 – 9.45  Welcome Mayor Szczecin
09:45-10:30  Welcome Marshal Voivodeship Westpomerania
10.30 – 12.30  Medical University:
• Polish-German Telemedicine project
• International Hereditary Cancer Center
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch at the Szczecin University
13.30 – 14.00 Transfer
14.00 – 15.30  Technische Universität / ZCZT West Pomeranian Center of Advanced Technologies
15.30 – 16.00 Transfer 
16.00 – 17.30  Read Gene SA
Ab20.30 Uhr Dinner and stay overnight in Szczecin

21. September  Greifswald 
08.00 – ca.09:45 Transfer to Greifswald
*10.00  Welcome Mayor Hansestadt Greifswald
10.30 – 11.30  Universität: Uniklinikum German - Polish Telemedicine project
11.30 – 13.00  Universität: Biology – International Center for functional Genetics “FunGene“
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch  im BioTechnikum
13.30 – 15.00  BioTechnikum: Start-up center and visit of joung companies
15.00 – 15.30 Transfer to Insel Riems
15.300 – 17.00  Riemser Arzneimittel AG
17:00 – ca. 19.00 Transfer to Heringsdorf

22. September  Heringsdorf 
09.00 – 11.00  Formal opening 10th ScanBalt Forum 2011
11.00 – 12.00  Press Conference
optional Transfer to Berlin/Hamburg via Greifswald or day 2 of conference

Details to the program*:

Greifswald, Germany:
Greifswald University:  Oldest “Swedish University” founded in 1459; outstanding in Life Science, e.g.:
- FunGene: competence center for functional genomics in bacteria (B. subtilis; industrial Biotechnology; international reference lab for gram positive bacteria) and medicine (St. aureus): http://www.basysbio.eu/; http://www.medizin.uni-greifswald.de/fungene/
- Center for crossborder Telemedicine in the Euroregion Pomerania (http://www.medizin.uni-greifswald.de/diagrad/index.php?id=19)
- Institute Biochemistry; enzyme design, start up company Enzymicals AG; Member of Biokatalyse2021, Germany´s leading Cluster on industrial Biotechnology; http://www.chemie.uni-greifswald.de/; http://www.biokatalyse2021.de/
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI): federal research institute and independent higher federal authority under the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; oldest virus research institute in the world, started in 1910; in 2010 the new laboratory complex as one of the most modern virus research institute for animals was opened (top 3 in world); ca. 900 employees; http://www.fli.bund.de/
Riemser Arzneimittel AG: Most dynamic medium sized pharmaceutical company in Germany, ca. 660 employees and ca. 100 Mio€ turn over (2009); www.riemser.de
BioTechnikum Greifswald: start up center for Life Science companies, opened in 1996, completely booked, successful incubation of small companies in services for virus safety, bioinformatics, proteome analysis, drug delivery, hygiene management, diagnostics … www.biotechnikum.de
BioCon Valley: networking agency for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to support commercial application of modern life sciences, one of the 17 German BioRegions, founding member of Scanbalt, www.bcv.org

Szczecin, Poland:
 PUM Pomeranian Medical University (http://www.pum.edu.pl/):
- International Hereditary Cancer Center (IHCC) in Szczecin, IHCC has created the largest hereditary cancer databank in the world, comprising 1,250,000 personal records and DNA samples from 120,000 individuals. IHCC has stimulated the development of genetic cancer diagnostics centers in Poland. Under the impulsion and guidance of IHCC, a network of 22 such centers has been created across Poland. http://www.hereditarycancer.net/
- Center for crossborder Telemedicine in the Euroregion Pomerania
West Pomeranian University of Technology http://www.zut.edu.pl/
- West-Pomeranian Centre of Advanced Technologies (ZCZT); ZCZT is a consortium of the academic institutions West Pomeranian University of Technology, Medical University and the company IRMA.  It is the goal of the consortium to strengthen interdisciplinary research and development with focus on polymer, technology and molecular genetics and to strengthen economic development in Szczecin region in these branches. ZCZT has successfully realised cross border activities, e.g. the bilateral conferences with BioCon Valley since 2001.  http://www.zczt.ps.pl/
- Division of Biomaterials and Microbiological Technologies (BMT) is focused on development and testing of polymeric materials for bio-applications, including medicine and microbiological technologies. http://www.zbtm.zut.edu.pl/
Read-Gene SA: start up company from the International Heredity Cancer Center, in 2009 the company went public to New Connect, the polish stock market for innovative companies; The company’s special fields are chemoprevention, clinical trials and genetic testing, all complementary fields.  www.read-gene.com
(* subject to minor changes)



ESRC/ONS Longitudinal Studies Seminar
with Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science
12.30pm – 4.10pm, Tuesday 19 July 2011

BIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET
On behalf of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I would like to invite you to an afternoon seminar for senior government analysts, policymakers and press on the 19 July.




EUSJA has organized a study trip to Heidelberg (18 - 20 of July) to visit the labs and meet the scientists from EMBL and DKFZ (see the details to web page www.eusja.org).

We have got 2 cancellations, thus there is a vacancy. If you want to join this trip, send ASAP the application with your position in media, country, association and e-mail. You have to pay just for the tickets to and from Francfurt. The transfers, accomodation and meal will be covered by the organizers.

After the pause, what now for the Health Reform Bill?

A Debate for Health Journalists, Monday 20 June 2011, 6pm

City University, London’s Performance Space.

Lower Ground Floor, College Building, St Johns Street, London ECIV 0HB

 

 

 

In association with the new European Chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists (ACHJ)



The Medical Journalists’ Association invites you to

 

Childbirth – Babies – the Big Issues

 

on Thursday, June 30, at 6.30 for 7 p.m. at


The University Women’s Club,

2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB (www.universitywomensclub.com)

Meeting, 7 to 8.30 p.m., buffet supper, 8.30, close 10.30 p.m.

 

Join speakers from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and NCT (the UK’s largest charity for parents, formerly the National Childbirth Trust) to review the issues of childbirth and babies, answer questions and debate home births, episiotomy, when to cut the cord, whether three to six months of exclusive breast-feeding is enough, and more.


Speakers

Elizabeth Duff, NCT, on First do no harm in maternity care

Mary Stewart, consultant midwife, on Midwife-led care and home births

Rosie Dodds, NCT, on, Are there real risks to sleeping with your baby?

Dr Colin Michie, chair RCPCH nutrition committee, on Breast feeding, weaning and vitamin D

 

Followed by a panel discussion for which speakers will be joined by :

Belinda Phipps, NCT chief executive, and Louise Silverton, deputy general secretary RCM.

 

Network – additional guests
From NCT: Anne Fox, head of corporate communications, Becky Barclay, press officer, and Mary Newburn, head of research and information. From RCM: Sue Macdonald, education and research manager, Janet Fyle, professional policy adviser, Francine Allen, Carol King, and Manuela Helena Da Costa-Fernandes, press officer. Elizabeth Day of Mothercare; Caroline Brandi of Danone; Louisa Mullan of the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

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From the Portland Hospital for Women and Children, which is kindly sponsoring the meeting: Janene Madden (CEO), Professor Ellis Downes, Dr Simon Bignall and Laura Roberts.

RSVP to Oliver Gillie, MJA committee, tel: 020 7561 9677, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Please indicate if you prefer a vegetarian meal.

Non-MJA members need to pay £10 towards catering. Please send cheques, made out to ‘Medical Journalists’ Association’ to Philippa Pigache, Fairfield, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, TN21 0SH.


The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is pleased to hold its General Assembly during the 7th World Conference of Science Journalists, 26 to 29 June 2011, in Doha (Qatar).
 
The 7th World Conference of Science Journalists is a major activity for the Word Federation. In itself, Doha promises to be an exceptional event and we expect some 600 journalists to participate. It will be a great opportunity to celebrate the spirit of freedom and renewal sweeping the Arab World, to meet colleagues from all over the World and enrich your science journalism network.  This new context offers fantastic new opportunities for journalism and science journalism in the Arab World.

It will also be the occasion for the Federation to hold our General Assembly, report to our stakeholders, and announce the new elected board.
 
With that being said, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend to our General Assembly to be held on June 29th, from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Education city Student Centre, in Doha.

We’ll be reporting on all WFSJ activities, projects and plans at the General Assembly and your participation and vote is mostly welcome. If you are attending, please send us his or her name and e-mail as soon as possible, so you can actively participate on our general assembly.

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tel: +1 819 770-0776
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ABSW Student Event - Meet the Science Journalists

16th June
The Boadicea, 292-294 St John's Street, Angel, London, EC1V 4PA


Considering a career in science writing? Some of the most skilled writers on the science circuit are ready and waiting to answer your questions about it. If you're wondering how to get ahead in the industry, what a science journalist actually does, or even if you are unsure about whether journalism would be right for you, they can help.

This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of science writers from The Times, Guardian, Nature and New Scientist, plus some freelance writers and bloggers.


This event is hosted by the Association of British Science Writers, but non-members with an interest in science journalism are most welcome.

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