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You may wish to check out Bora Zivkovic’s post Journalism at ScienceOnline2010. (Bora may be better known on-line to some as ‘Coturnix’; apparently this is the genus name for quail. He sometimes writes very very long blog posts and is the meeting organiser.)

Besides introducing the talks, Bora also provides a long list of interesting articles on science journalism, mostly by the speakers. Do dig in: it’s a great list that’ll keep you busy for quite a while! (I’ve listed a few of my own more modest efforts below.)

There are links to wiki discussions that you’ll want to read and join in with. (See the ‘Discuss here’ links in the conference program on the conference wiki site. You’ll need to register to the wiki to join in.)

I have to admit that the more I learn about this meeting, the more that I wish I were able to attend. Aside from that my budget doesn’t extend to randomly flying around the world to whatever meetings strike me, the early promotion lead me to think it was a small gathering without much content so I didn’t pursue it with much interest. Many of the topics are ones that I have thought about over the past year or two and I have no doubt it’ll be informative for those attending to hear the thoughts of experienced people in this area. It looks as if it’ll be a great event (congratulations in advance to Bora for putting it together) and while I don’t personally know any of the participants, I wish them all the best and hope that one day I’ll be able to attend and meet some of them.


A selection of science journalism posts on Code for life:

Media thought: Ask what is known, not the expert’s opinion

Scientists on TV: referees of evidence or expert’s opinion?

Genetic tests and personalised medicine, some science communication issues

Three kinds of knowledge about science journalism

Science journalism–critical analysis not debate

Note to science communicators–alleles, not “disease genes”

Sidebar scientists

Scientists can’t write?