The 2nd UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ) will take place on Monday 25th June 2012 at The Royal Society, London. A key note address will be given by Jay Rosen, media critic, writer, and professor of New York University.
Registration is now open at www.ukscj.org. The event will run throughout the day at times to be confirmed. The ABSW has organised increased capacity for this event and will now be able to accomodate 300 delegates.Programming is underway with 2 plenary and 12 parallel sessions to focus on the three key aims:
- To discuss and debate contemporary issues in science journalism
- To encourage and provide skills for newcomers
- To promote professional development
The first ever UKCSJ was held in 2010 and followed in the footsteps of the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) held in London. The WCSJ saw nearly 1000 delegates from all around the world meeting to discuss issues affecting the profession of science journalism. Demand for delegate places at the London Conference was high amongst UK science journalists and revealed a real desire for a forum in which professional issues could be discussed.
To meet this demand the ABSW organised the UKCSJ – a WCSJ on a far smaller scale with the focus on the profession in the UK. The UKCSJ runs on alternate years to fit with the alternate year programme of the World Conference of Science Journalists. The next WCSJ will take place in Helsinki, Finland in 2013.