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Registrations open for online European Conference of Science Journalism, Sept. 1, 2020

Registrations open for the online European Conference of Science Journalism ECSJ2020, Sept. 1, 2020

European Conference of Science Journalism

Scientific Meeting Announcement

The ECSJ2020 European Conference of Science Journalism organised by Science Writers in Italy (SWIM), will take place - in Trieste and online - on 1 and 2 September, right before the Euro Science Open Forum 2020.

"It will be a hybrid conference, fully available via internet, and we want as many colleagues as possible to be able to participate despite the difficult times we are continuing to live in" said Fabio Turone, president of SWIM and chair of the organising committee.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. The registration form can be accessed through the website of the conference at, where updates on the programme will also be made available.

"We already have more than 400 pre-registered participants and hope that science journalists will be able to meet, discuss important issues and network also online" said Alexandra Borissova, executive director of ECSJ2020.

For those who will be able to travel to Trieste, a meeting point in person will be organised thanks to the hospitality of the Area Science Park. The in-person event will be organised in full compliance with the restrictions and the safety recommendations imposed by Covid-19.

The conference was initially planned for the beginning of July together with the Euro Science Open Forum ESOF2020 and was postponed due to the uncertainties of pandemic. The conference programme was, hence, redesigned in the new context and includes topics of relevance, like communicating uncertainties and evidence-based policy making in times of pandemic.

Key topics are: Filters for Truth: Will AI replace reporters and fact-checkers?; Cybersecurity: science journalist's guide; Communicating uncertainties: before and after covid-19; Evidence-based policy making in science and medicine; The impact of science cultures on science journalism and the public discourse.

Confirmed speakers include: Deborah Blum, Director of Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, Publisher of Undark magazine (USA); Martin Bauer, Professor of Social Psychology and Research Methodology at London School of Economics and Political Science (UK); Olga Dobrovidova, Science communicator at Skoltech, associate professor at ITMO University, AKSON Acting President, Vice President of EFSJ (Russia); David Mair, Head of Unit, Science Advice to Policy, EC Joint Research Centre (EU); Harry Collins, distinguished Research Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Cardiff (UK); Siri Carpenter, science journalist and editor, president of the National Association of Science Writers (USA); Andrea Saltelli, professor at the Center for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen (Norway) and at Open Evidence Research, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona (Spain); Alessandro Delfanti, associate professor at the University of Toronto, politics of digital media and technology scholar (Canada); Micho Tatalovic, news editor, Research Fortnight (UK); Andrada Fiscutean, news editor and anchor at ProFM Romania (Romania); Andrey Konyaev, publisher of N+1 (Russia); Fabiana Zollo, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics and Research Fellow in the Center for the Humanities & Social Change at Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy); David Michaels, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) at the George Washington University, author of "The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception" (USA); Tracey Brown, director of Sense About Science and an adjunct associate professor in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Monash University (USA); Vera Novais, science journalist at Observador (Portugal); Gioia Lovison, Head of Communication Office at University of Padova (Italy); Volker Stollorz, Chief editor and managing director of Science Media Center (Germany); Pakinam Amer, science journalist and editor, MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow (Egypt), Leo Hickman, editor and director of CarbonBrief (UK).

The conference is supported by the European Federation for Science Journalism (EFSJ), EurekAlert!, the Knight Science Journalism Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ECMWF Copernicus Services, European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) and Area Science Park.

The event is organised in cooperation with the Euroscience Open Forum ESOF2020 Trieste.



Fabio Turone
Chair of the ECSJ2020 Organising Committee and President of Science Writers in Italy
Tel : +393474419268
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The professional association of Science Writers in Italy, formally established in 2010, has organised many meetings on science journalism in Italy, and in July 2019 contributed to organise with the Swiss and French associations of science journalists the World Conference of Science Journalists WCSJ2019 that attracted to Lausanne (Switzerland) 1.350 registered delegates. The Euro Science Open Forum is the biennial pan-European meeting dedicated to scientific research and innovation. During the forum, leading scientists, young researchers, business people, policymakers, science communicators and the general public discuss discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

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