First European Conference for Science Journalists, co-organised by EUSJA

logo ESOFThe First European Conference for Science Journalists – ECSJ is organised by the Danish Science Journalists Association (DV) and the European Union of Science Journalists Associations (EUSJA).

Sharing experience, creating value

Copenhagen, 22 June 2014  from 9.00-14.30 hrs

Venue: Faculty of Health and Medical SciencesUniversity of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 København N

Sponsored by: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Otto Mønsted Foundation.

Moderator: Quentin Cooper (UK)


08.30 Registration and coffee

09.00 Welcome!

Why we need to join forces? – Ulla Margrethe Wewer, Professor, DMSc and Dean  Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Jens Degett, president of ECSJ2014, Danish Science Journalists Association (Denmark)

09.15 From Copenhagen to Seoul- Reinventing our profession

EUSJA President, Satu Lipponen (Finland), 5 min

Science journalism is a global endeavour

WFSJ President, Chul Joong Kim (Korea), 5 min

Questions from audience, 5 min

09.30  Broadcasting in crisis – or not?

Eurobarometer surveys have shown time after time that science is one of the most popular topics in most European countries, but public service media often give science a very low priority. Why is this so? The Swedish broadcast is an example on how things could be very different. How is the perspective from other parts of the World?

Jan-Olov Johansson former director of Vetenskabsradioen (Sweden), 15 mins

Discussant: Kathryn O’Hara CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism
(Canada), 10 mins

Questions from audience, 20 mins

10.15 Survival kit for digital age

Many prominent science journalists are facing tough time as news media are cutting down on the journalistic coverage of science. Two German science journalists have chosen to start on their own. How big is the crisis, and what can we do to overcome it?

Fail Better/Substanz: Georg Dahm/Denis Dilba (Germany), 15 mins

Discussant:  Joost van Kasteren (Netherlands), 10 mins

Questions from audience, 20 mins

11.00 Investigative journalism

Investigative journalism requires a lot of courage, time and money. Is it worth it, and how do you get started if you have a good idea? 

Mette Dahlgaard, Berlingske (Denmark)

Curtis Brainard, Scientific American (US)

Discussion, 25 mins

11.45 Lunch and refreshments

12.30 Let’s be ethical out there! 

Research institutions are arming up in the competition for better media coverage, but how much can you promote your research in the media before you cross the fine line of ethics.

Nicholas H. Steneck, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (US), 15 mins

Case: Arun Micheelsen, former OPUS (New Nordic Diet) (Denmark) , 10 mins

Discussion and questions from the audience, 20 mins

13.15 Is gender still an issue and how to overcome it?

Yes, there is a problem with the gender balance, but several initiatives seem to have success in changing the media picture.

Ingrid Wünning Tschol, Senior Vice President “Health and Science”, Robert Bosch Stiftung  (Germany), 15 mins

Discussant: Anita Frank Groth, Kvinfo (Denmark), 10 mins

Discussion and questions from the audience, 20 mins

14.00 Prize ceremony, Genius Prize.

14.30 -15.15 Transport to ESOF opening session (10 minutes)

Cancelled: Afternoon programme on medical research, University of Copenhagen