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ESOF2012, Europe’s largest general science conference, is coming to Dublin. Over the 5 days of July 11th-15th 2012, more than 5,000 scientists, business leaders, policy makers and international media will come together to discuss the current global scientific challenges.

A critical element to the conference is the Science to Business Programme which will offer delegates the opportunity to engage with business experts irrespective of what stage their idea, business or their entrepreneurial career might currently be located.

If you want to be part of these discussions now is the time to act.  ESOF 2012 is looking for creative and exciting session proposals that address the key issues facing entrepreneurs from a science background.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is the 13th of February 2012.

To submit a proposal, please follow the link to www.esof2012.org/calls. Criteria for proposals are available here along with instructions on how to make a submission.

Both I and the rest of the ESOF2012 team are available to answer any queries you may have about ESOF2012. My contact details are below and further info can be found at
www.esof2012.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin for ESOF2012.   

Emma Critchley, Programme Coordinator
ESOF2012
Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser
Wilton Park House, Wilton Place
Dublin 2, Ireland

P:            +353 1 607 3044
F:            +353 1 607 3059
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Twitter: @esof2012
Linkedin: Euroscience Open Forum 2012



WFSJ Events at the AAAS Annual Meeting, in Vancouver, 18 and 19 February 2012

WFSJ will announce the 7 winners of trips to Norway during the AAAS meeting, in Vancouver
 Join Vesa Niinikangas, President of the World Federation of Science Journalists, and Nils Christian Stenseth, the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Saturday 18 February 2012 at 4:30 p.m. for a Wine-and-Cheese Reception in the Reporters' Coffee Lounge area outside the Technology Workroom (Room 301) in the Vancouver Convention Centre.

WFSJ will announce the names of the winners of seven scholarships to attend the 2012 Kavli Prizes Ceremony, in Oslo, next September. Nils Christian Stenseth, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, will give brief remarks on the science they can expect to see in Norway.

To participate in this competition, go to Kavli Awards. The deadline is now the 31st January 2012.

Vesa Niinikangas, President of the World Federation of Science Journalists, will also – most probably – introduce the new director of the World Federation and will – most certainly – give some information on the upcoming World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2013.
 
Meet the organizers of the 2013 World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki
On Sunday 19 February 2012, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. the organizers of the upcoming World Conference of Science Journalists and the World Federation of Science Journalists will host a Wine-and-cheese Reception and Social Hour looking ahead to the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki, Finland, 24-28 June, 2013.

This will be a unique opportunity to meet the Board members and the Executive of the WFSJ as well as the team organizing the Conference.

The reception will be held in the Reporters' Coffee Lounge area outside the Technology Workroom (Room 301) in the Vancouver Convention Centre. These receptions are held within the context of the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which is being held in Vancouver, Canada, 16 – 19 February 2012.

World Federation of Science Journalists
4 Taschereau St.
Suite 390
Gatineau, Qc.J8Y-2V5



WFSJ Events at the AAAS Annual Meeting, in Vancouver, 18 and 19 February 2012

WFSJ will announce the 7 winners of trips to Norway during the AAAS meeting, in Vancouver
 Join Vesa Niinikangas, President of the World Federation of Science Journalists, and Nils Christian Stenseth, the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Saturday 18 February 2012 at 4:30 p.m. for a Wine-and-Cheese Reception in the Reporters' Coffee Lounge area outside the Technology Workroom (Room 301) in the Vancouver Convention Centre.

WFSJ will announce the names of the winners of seven scholarships to attend the 2012 Kavli Prizes Ceremony, in Oslo, next September. Nils Christian Stenseth, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, will give brief remarks on the science they can expect to see in Norway.

To participate in this competition, go to Kavli Awards. The deadline is now the 31st January 2012.

Vesa Niinikangas, President of the World Federation of Science Journalists, will also – most probably – introduce the new director of the World Federation and will – most certainly – give some information on the upcoming World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2013.
 
Meet the organizers of the 2013 World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki
On Sunday 19 February 2012, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. the organizers of the upcoming World Conference of Science Journalists and the World Federation of Science Journalists will host a Wine-and-cheese Reception and Social Hour looking ahead to the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki, Finland, 24-28 June, 2013.

This will be a unique opportunity to meet the Board members and the Executive of the WFSJ as well as the team organizing the Conference.

The reception will be held in the Reporters' Coffee Lounge area outside the Technology Workroom (Room 301) in the Vancouver Convention Centre. These receptions are held within the context of the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which is being held in Vancouver, Canada, 16 – 19 February 2012.

World Federation of Science Journalists
4 Taschereau St.
Suite 390
Gatineau, Qc.J8Y-2V5



Calling All Journalists to the AAAS Annual Meeting!

Join colleagues from around the world in Vancouver, B.C. for science and fun at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Free registration is available to journalists via the AAAS virtual newsroom on EurekAlert!. Please log onto http://www.eurekalert.org/aaasnewsroom. A preliminary press program is now online at http://bit.ly/us4BAv.

NEWS AND NETWORKING: With more than 170 symposia, seminars and lectures to choose from, reporters at the world's largest general scientific conference will have ample opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research and hot policy topics. AAAS typically organizes 20 to 25 embargoed news briefings and medi availabilities over the course of the meeting. Science news headlines in 2012 are likely to encompass topics including: Biologging, archaeoacoustics, endangered and minority languages, advancements in the treatment of spinal cord injury, and hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas.

SPECIAL SOCIAL EVENTS: Social events for newsroom registrants only will include a welcoming reception Thursday, 16 February at the Vancouver Aquarium in beautiful Stanley Park; the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards gala Friday, 17 February at Science World; and the Canadian Science Writers' Association party at The Canvas Lounge, sponsored by Waterloo Region, Ontario -- Canada's leading tech cluster -- and brought to you by Communitech and its 800 technology organizations.


ADVANCE UBC TOUR: The University of British Columbia also will sponsor a tour of research facilities Wednesday, 15 February. To RSVP, visit http://www.ubc.ca/news.

BOOK YOUR TRAVEL NOW: When your newsroom registration is confirmed, you will receive a code number for making reservations at official meeting hotels at a discounted rate through the AAAS Travel Desk. Be sure to book your air travel and hotel reservations early! Visitors to Canada, including U.S. citizens, need a passport.

Please contact AAAS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-326-6440 with any questions. See you in Vancouver!



MJA members invited to the Winter Awards presentation, January 25,  2012

We announced the location and date of the presentation  of the first MJA Winter Awards in the last MJA News. Here is a  formal invitation to all MJA members.

Invitation

MJA Winter Awards will be presented on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at The King’s Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G  0AN  www.kingsfund.org.uk

6.30 for 7 p.m.

Refreshment will be served

RSVP to Philippa Pigache

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01435 868786

 If you wish to bring guests

The King’s Fund is a fine, central-London location but  it doesn’t come cheap. All MJA members who wish to attend naturally come  free, but should you wish to bring a guest we ask for a contribution (not the  full amount) to the catering.

 Please send the name of your guest plus for a cheque  for £15, payable to the Medical Journalists’ Association, no later than  January 20, to the MJA hon sec Philippa Pigache at: Fairfield, Cross in Hand,  Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0SH.  We may need to refuse guests if the  numbers of members wishing to attend the presentation is very high.



MJA invited to attend a UCL School of Pharmacy Media Seminar at the Royal  Society

Invitation:

UCL School of Pharmacy Media Seminar at the  Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace,  SW1Y 5AG – 11am on  January 10, 2012

The 2012 School of Pharmacy New Year lecture  will be given at the Royal Society on the evening of January 10, (see details  below). The following morning the new UCL School of Pharmacy will publish a  report entitled ‘Relieving Persistent Pain, Improving Health  Outcomes’.

To discuss key messages about the future  development of the NHS and affordable health improvement, a media seminar  will be held on the morning of January 10 in the City of London rooms at the  Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace.

Please let us know if you can attend this  meeting by responding to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  soon as is convenient.

Contributors will include:

Professor Sir John Tooke (Vice-Provost,  Health, UCL and a member of the NHS Future Forum)
Amanda Callaghan (Director of Corporate  Communication at the ABPI, and former Director of Communications at the Royal  College of Nursing)
Professor Richard Langford (President  of the British Pain Society and consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine  at Barts and The London)
Professor Richard Sullivan (of the  King's Health Partners Integrated Cancer Centre, who chaired the 2011 Lancet  Oncology Commission)
Dr Richard Butt (Director and Pain  Research Project Leader at Pfizer Ltd in Cambridge, whose research includes  investigations of the fundamental biology of pain).

This seminar will be chaired by David Taylor,  Professor of Pharmaceutical and Public Health Policy at the UCL School of  Pharmacy. Coffee will be available from 10.30 am and the meeting will start  promptly at 11am. It will formally close at 12.15 pm, after which there will  be light refreshments and opportunities for informal discussion with  speakers.

All new information presented by the above  contributors named will be for immediate release. The report  ‘Relieving Persistent Pain, Improving Health Outcomes’  and the press release accompanying it will be embargoed to 00.01 hours on  Wednesday January 11, 2012.

The UCL School of Pharmacy New Year Lecture  and associated initiatives are in part funded via an unconditional grant from  Pfizer Ltd.

For further information please call David Taylor on  07970 139892, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UCL  School of Pharmacy, Mezzanine Floor, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H  9LP

T: 020 7874 1270   F: 020 7378 5693   www.pharmacy.ac.uk

 Professor Sir John Tooke of UCL will give the 2012  School of Pharmacy New Year lecture on ‘Pharmacy, Medicine and the  Future NHS’. Stephen Whitehead, the CEO of the Association of the  British Pharmaceutical Industry will offer a response entitled ‘The  Pharmaceutical Industry, Professionalism and the Future NHS.’



Karolinska Institutet and Mayo Clinic strengthen their cooperation.

The scope of Karolinska Institutet’s cooperation with one of the world’s leading health organisations, Mayo Clinic, is now being extended through a formal contract. A delegation from Mayo Clinic is coming to Stockholm, and the cooperation is being marked by a major international conference.


Here is a reminder about the MJA statistics meeting on Thursday, December 1.

Quite a few of you signed up early, but there is still room for more.

Non-member may come if they pay £10 towards catering up front. Non-members can also join and come for free like other members.

ARE YOU AT SEA WHEN IT COMES TO STATISTICS?

Thursday, December 1, at 6.30 for 7 p.m. at
The Medical Society of London,
11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB
(www.medsoclondon.org)

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

If you report health you have to handle statistics. They are at the foundation of evidence-based medicine. But many journalists find they are out of their depths when it comes to the finer points of significance, relative or absolute risk or correlation versus causation.

Help is at hand. The MJA has organised a meeting to steer you to the shore. Three speakers who are tops at both understanding, and explaining statistics will address us, and then you will have a chance to ask them questions.

Speakers:

David Speigelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, also attached to the MRC’s Biostatics unit, who has a list of media credits as long as any journalist
Trisha Greenhalgh, who heads the Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit at Barts and the London Medical School, and is also a GP in north London. The theme of her talk will be: the over-use, under-use, mis-use and abuse of statistics in medicine.
Nigel Hawkes, currently Director of the campaigning group Straight Statistics and a columnist for the BMJ, formerly science and health writer for The Observer and The Times.

If you want to ensure your  questions get answered, send them in advance to Philippa (below).

The meeting will end with a buffet supper organised by Verena Resell. (Please let us know if you want a vegetarian meal).

RSVP to Philippa Pigache, MJA hon sec, Fairfield, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0SH. Phone: 01435 868786. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE NOBEL LAUREATES IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE 2011

Press Conference with this year’s Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine Professor Bruce A. Beutler and Professor Jules A. Hoffmann takes place Tuesday December 6, 2011 at 14.30 hrs in the lecture hall (Wallenbergsalen) at Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 1.

No accreditation needed, please bring your press card and photo ID.

For further information please contact the Nobel Office:

Tel +46 (0)8-524 87800, +46 (0)8-524 87805, +46 (0)8- 33 3931
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



An invitation from The Guild of Health Writers to: MUSIC & HEALTH

MUSIC & HEALTH

This is a subject that offers many angles for stories, as more and more is being discovered about the effects of music on well-being. This evening we bring together speakers who are at the forefront of progress in this field.

EMILY GERRARD from the Alzheimer’s Society is a key worker in the ‘Singing for the Brain’ service, which now has 80 groups all over the country. She is co-ordinator for the West Region.

DIANA GREENMAN is Chief Executive of ‘Music in Hospitals’, a charity which engages professional musicians able to convey the joy and therapeutic benefits of live music to audiences in healthcare settings.

TESSA MARCHINGTON is the founder of Music in Offices, which enables office staff to enjoy the benefits of music-making in the workplace.

Chairman for this evening is Dr Andrew Powell, a psychiatrist who has a special interest in spirituality and mental health.

This evening is being kindly hosted by The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Don’t miss this event!

The Details:

Date: Wednesday, October19, 2011
Time: 6pm - Registration & light refreshments
Prompt 6.30 pm start till 8.30pm
Venue: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square SW1X 8PG
Cost: £10 members, £15 non-members (cheques made payable to The Guild of Health Writers)
Please contact the Guild office if you would like to book a place
.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Guild of Health Writers, Dale Lodge, 88 Wensleydale Road, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 2LX

PLEASE CONTACT THE GUILD IF YOU HAVE QUERIES ABOUT THIS EVENT. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK THE REPLY BUTTON. THE MJA IS FORWARDING THIS INFORMATION ON BEHALF OF A THIRD PARTY AS A SERVICE TO MEMBERS

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