Reporting on emerging technologies: The next big thing or vaporware?

Sunny Bains, ABSW Executive Board member and UCL

Sunny Bains is Principal Teaching Fellow at UCL where she teaches technical journalism, research, analysis, and communication. She is the author of Explaining the Future: How to Research, Analyze, and Report on Emerging Technologies, and Editorial Director of Engineering Inspiration As a journalist, she specializes in writing about emerging computing technologies and has just started work on a new book on neuromorphic engineering.

Reading a research paper: Why the full story probably isn’t in the press release, and how to find out what really is.

Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, The Open University

Kevin McConway retired in 2016 after teaching and researching in statistics for many years at the Open University. He was academic adviser to the BBC Radio Four programme ‘More or Less’ for eleven years, and has worked with journalists and press officers in many other contexts, including through the Science Media Centre where he is now a trustee and a member of the Advisory Committee. He enjoys talking about statistics in the media, particularly statistics about health or the environment, to pretty well any audience who will have him – statisticians, scientists and the general public as well as journalists.

Investigating Companies

Bill Goodwin, Computer Weekly

Writing Features: The elements of narrative journalism

Richard Fisher, Managing Editor, features (RoW)

Richard Fisher is a senior editor at the BBC in London, with more than 14 years experience in writing, editing and leadership in science and technology journalism. He is the managing editor for the features sites (RoW region) and the Editor of BBC Future, a science, health and technology features website dedicated to asking deeper questions about how our world is changing, which reaches more than 4 million readers every month ( He also oversees BBC Culture, the BBC’s international arts site, and BBC Reel, which publishes factual video stories for a global audience every day. Before that, Fisher worked as deputy news editor and a feature editor at New Scientist magazine for eight years. 

Incorporating visuals in your story: How to make emotional connections, explain tricky concepts and create a sense of place using images, animation and video

Charlotte Stoddart, filmmaker and science journalist

Charlotte has been making podcasts, documentaries and animations about science for over 10 years. For most of that time she worked for the journal Nature, where she directed and edited Nature’s first films and launched the popular Nature Video channel on YouTube. Charlotte’s filmmaking highlights include a music video about the Space Shuttles and a documentary about Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings. Before joining Nature, Charlotte completed an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London and studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge – and squeezed in two years teaching English in Japan.


Building a satisfying portfolio career


Dr Kat Arney, award-winning writer and broadcaster, founder and director of First Create The Media - a multimedia storytelling consultancy for people who do science

Chris Edwards, Freelance Technology Journalist

Dr Helen Pilcher, Science Writer, Performer and Author of 'Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction'

Pitching to technology, engineering and trade publications 


Aisling Irwin, Secretary of the ABSW Executive Board and freelance science journalist


Nitin Dahad, EE Times

Katia Moskvitch, Wired

Dickon Ross, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering & Technology

What success looks like 


Mico Tatalovic, Chair of the ABSW Executive Board and freelance science journalist


Eleni Courea, reporter at the Times

Aamna Mohdin, news reporter at the Guardian

Timothy Revell, Assistant News Editor, New Scientist

Matt Reynolds, Staff writer at Wired UK

Matthew Warren, Reporter at Nature

Keynote Speaker

Professor Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials & Society, UCL


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