Summer School


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

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.

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 (

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.


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.


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.

Izabela Vono
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World Federation of Science Journalists
4 Taschereau Street, suite 390
Gatineau, QC, J8Y 2V5
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.

Science communicators from across the UK assembled at Kings Place, London, to attend the British Science Association's annual Science Communication Conference on the 25 and 26 May 2011.

The conference attracted a diverse range of professionals including eminent science writers and broadcasters, many of whom contributed to the stimulating talks and workshops.

The programme was framed within the context of an overall theme for the conference - 'online' - an issue especially relevant to today's science journalists.

"The Internet has transformed the way people transmit information. Anyone who was trained in just one media must diversify, particularly in today’s climate, and consider themselves multimedia," said Sue Nelson.


Speaking at City University on Tuesday (24 May), David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, talked about the importance of science writing and public engagement.

Describing science journalists as "custodians of empiricism", and science writers as "more GPs than hospital consultants". The minister also described parallels between the jobs of science journalist and politician. He went on to describe the pressures that science journalists are under, including "the sheer pressure of time" and the tension "between the scientists doing the primary research, and the newsroom with its demands for a useable story with a vivid headline."

Touching on a range of issues, including balance and open-access, Willetts stressed the government’s contributions to science writing and engagement. In particular, he mentioned libel reform, transparency, and financial support for institutions such as Science Media Centre.

"Science writing matters," said Willetts. "It's about making information and evidence available and accessible. It’s crucial in the public discourse."

Great aspirations of what communicating science through new media could achieve were aired at a Cambridge meeting this month (11 May), but there was little sign of a business model to support such efforts.

"Nobody really knows the answers and you just have to soldier on," said Peter Tallack, founder of the Science Factory, an international literal agency, at the The Next Generation of Science Media conference. Although he was speaking  specifically about the book publishing industry, his words could easily summarise much of the event, which higlighted the rapid changes that science media continues to face.

Held at Jesus College, #nextgen2011 was spawned following the report entitled 'Science and the Media – Securing the Future', commissioned by then UK science minister Lord Drayson. "The new media appears to offer unprecedented scope for aspiring science journalists to be published, but does this make for reliable journalism or constitute a real potential for making a living?" the briefing document asked.

Science, journalism and the public were the topics of conversation at Jesus College, Cambridge on the 11 May. The Next Generation of Science Media conference was all about bringing together writers, academics and bloggers to work out just how to tackle the tricky task of science communication in the 21st century.

The five sessions examined 'Opportunities and Challenges', 'The Next Big Stories', 'The Impact of Science Journalism on Culture and Society', 'Ethics and Science Media' and 'Prospects for Science Books' – but there were more general conclusions to be drawn from the meeting.

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