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UK Conference of Science Journalists


Tuesday 16 October 2018


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The Francis Crick Institute,1 Midland Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 1AT


The venue for the UKCSJ2018 will be the striking new building that houses the Francis Crick Institute, the biggest biomedical research facility in Europe that brings together over 1500 scientists and support staff under one roof.

The full-day event  has sponsorship from Eurekalert!, an online, global news service operated by the American Association for the Advance of Science.

UKCSJ2018 will have two streams: one focusing on burning issues in science media, the other providing essential skills required for science journalists.

 It follows on from almost of decade of successful similar events organised by the ABSW in London and Manchester, including a World and a European conference of science journalists, three previous UKCSJs, and two summer schools of science journalism.

 “Full-day events focused on networking and building skills have become a major annual activity for the ABSW, alongside our awards – the ‘Oscars’ of science writing,” said Mico Tatalovic, chair of the ABSW and Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. With a strong governing board and active engagement of our members – many of whom generously volunteer their time to make these initiatives a success – we will make this the largest and best UKCSJ yet.

“We are delighted to be partnering with EurekAlert!, which also supported our summer school last year.This new partnership has helped us secure the Francis Crick Institute as the conference venue: a brand new state-of-the-art building, with excellent transport links throughout the UK and Europe that can accommodate 450 science journalists, writers and broadcasters - more than any previous UKCSJ.”

Brian Lin, Director of Editorial Content Strategy at EurekAlert! said: “EurekAlert! is proud to support UK science journalists who are striving to tell timely, accurate, and engaging stories, especially when so many of the global issues facing us today are deeply rooted in science. We hope the many discussions at UKCSJ18 will result in fresh ideas, new approaches, and even higher standards in science journalism that inspire far beyond the country’s borders.”

 Pallab Ghosh, honorary president of the ABSW and science correspondent at BBC News said: “For science to truly benefit society, it must be tested by critical science journalism of the highest professional standards. What people need more than ever before is for us to do our jobs as well as we can. Our job is to be independent, honest and unbiased, challenging the information we are given and reporting it clearly, accurately and to the very highest standards. The UKCSJ18 will provide skills, support, professional development and networking for us all to achieve these aims.”

The dedicated conference website contains an archive of materials from all previous UKCSJs and will be the site for registration and programme information for UKCSJ18.

 The ABSW is still seeking other partners and sponsors for UKCSJ18, and there is a range of opportunities for getting involved. See our Sponsorship Opportunities and/or contact Sallie Robins on or 07733 330344.



Further details and contact information

Sallie Robins

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