[ASC-media] UK briefing for Melbourne journalists conference

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Thu Sep 7 09:17:58 CEST 2006

Media briefing and Aussie wine - this Monday 11 September at Australia
House, 6 pm to 8 pm.

From: Niall Byrne, Conference Director, 5th World Conference of Science

Kangaroos, climate change, deadly snakes, and a unique view of our
Galaxy's heart. 

Australian science is different. And in April 2007, Melbourne is hosting
a unique opportunity both to explore Australian science, and to discuss
the issues facing science journalists around the world. 

I'm writing to invite UK-based journalists to a media briefing on:

- plans for the 5th World Conference of Science Journalists
- current Australian science stories
- over a glass or two or Australian wine. 

More details below.

Science journalists have an essential role in society: interpreting
science to the community, engaging our sense of wonder, exploring the
implications of new technologies - both good and bad - and contributing
to science literacy.

In October 2004, over 600 delegates attended the 4th World Conference of
Science Journalists in Montreal. 

The conference was a watershed in creating a global community of science
journalists and led to the creation of a $1.5 million program to support
science journalism in developing countries. 

Now the mantle has passed on to Melbourne. 

We are planning for a vibrant international conference with at least 400
delegates in Melbourne. The conference will run for three days and will
be topped and tailed with tours in and around Melbourne, and to other
areas in Australia.

Our program committee has been gathering ideas from journalists around
the world and are putting together the pieces of a program which will

- provocative headliners in science such as: climate change, bird flu
and other emerging diseases, energy, water, regenerative science and
brain science; and science issues such as reporting from within and
outside emerging economies, biasing of information, science and
spirituality and futurism,  

- sessions that delve a little deeper into specific examples of these
bigger issues such as the stem cell fraud in South Korea, the discovery
of Homo floriensis, when peer-reviewed journals get it wrong. 

- workshops that look at the specifics of journalism: a code of ethics
for science journalists, reporting on clinical trials, understanding
intellectual property, risk, the peer-review process and the tipping
point, when technology development is accelerated by social and
political elements.

We believe that the gathering of science journalists together from
around the world will help create a global network that will enhance the
reporting of science and innovation. 

We'd welcome your thoughts on what you think are some of the issues and
challenges faced by science journalists.

Details of the briefing:

When: Monday 11 September
Time: 6 to 8pm over food and Australian wine
Where: Bruce Room, Australia House, The Strand

RSVPs required for access to Australia House, please email Niall Byrne
on niall at scienceinmelbourne2007.org or phone +61 417 131 977. 

If you are unable to attend the session but would like more information
on the conference or on Australian science, please give us a call. 

We are in the UK till Tuesday 12 September and can be reached on +61 417
977 or niall at scienceinpublic.com, for myself and Sarah Brooker, the
Executive Officer of the conference on +61 413 332 489 or
sarah at scienceinpublic.com

You can also sign up to receive conference updates online at

We'd like to thank Australia's Commonwealth Department of Education,
Science and Training for their support for this visit and promotion. 

Kind regards,


Niall Byrne

Conference Director

t. +61 3 5253 1391

niall at scienceinpublic.com

The 5th World Conference of Science Journalists is an initiative of the
World Federation of Science Journalists and the Australian Science

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