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The programme of the Erice School 2013 on Cognitive Neuroscience is online

fabiola-gianotti-time-258Fabiola Gianotti, with her discovery of the Higgs particle at CERN, will be a special guest of this year’s course at the Erice International School of Science Journalism, devoted to Magnetic Resonance and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Other speakers include: Arno Villringer (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science), Barbara Bottalico (Neuroscience and Law Uni Pavia), Beatrice Mautino (Codice/Genoa Science Festival), Connie StLouis (BBC, City University London), Daniela Ovadia (Agency Zoe/Niguarda Hospital), Federico Giove (Centro Fermi), Fred Balvert (Erasmus MC), John Womersley (UK Science and Technology Facilities Council), Marco Cattaneo (Le Scienze/Mente&Cervello), Mo Costandi (Neurophilosophy/The Guardian), Nicla Panciera (CIMEC), Silvia Bencivelli (RAI), Souad Zgaoui (Erasmus MC).

The preliminary programme – designed by Course Directors Umberto Dosselli (INFN-LNF) and Fabio Turone (President of Science Writers in Italy) – is available in the website of the Erice School, along with the instructions to apply to one of the 30 fellowships covering fee, travel and accomodation.

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Congratulations to Daniela Cipolloni for the EU Health Prize for Journalists!

Schermata 01-2456323 alle 17.00.38Swimmer Daniela Cipolloni was awarded the third prize of the fourth edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists for her article about the lies spread by private umbilical-cord blood banks published by Oggiscienza.

The article can be found here in the original Italian version (“Tutte le bugie delle banche private del cordone“), or else downloaded in pdf in the English translation available on the website of the EU Health Prize.

Congratulations to our fellow Daniela!

 

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Anche per la sperimentazione animale vale la libertà di informare

La pubblicazione sul settimanale Panorama di un servizio di copertina dedicato alla sperimentazione animale a firma di Barbara Gallavotti e Daniela Mattalia ha suscitato reazioni inquietanti e sproporzionate. Ambedue le autrici hanno ricevuto mail minacciose o dai toni fortemente aggressivi che dimostrano la difficoltà, in Italia, di trattare l’argomento col dovuto distacco e la dovuta obiettività, due caratteristiche che vanno salvaguardate se si vuole garantire, anche sugli argomenti di scienza, quella stessa libertà di informazione e di espressione che caratterizza il giornalismo di un paese democratico in tutti gli altri ambiti. Come giornalisti scientifici non possiamo non segnalare con preoccupazione la presenza di sacche di opposizione acritica e cieca alla scienza e ai metodi che essa utilizza per progredire nel campo della conoscenza. La scienza non è mai portatrice di verità assolute e definitive ma solo di verità transitorie, da mettere alla prova del tempo e della ricerca, ma purtuttavia universalmente valide per quel determinato momento. Sarà forse possibile, un giorno, rinunciare del tutto alla sperimentazione animale con soddisfazione di tutti, ma le prove di laboratorio ci dicono che questo momento non è ancora arrivato, anche se siamo sulla buona strada. Nel frattempo il ruolo del giornalista scientifico è quello di raccontare con la massima obiettività possibile, così come hanno fatto le colleghe, a che punto siamo arrivati lungo una strada che tutti ritengono auspicabile.

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Proposals for the World Conference of Science Journalists end on May 15th

Send your proposals for next year’s World Conference “Science Journalism: Critical Questioning inthe Public Sphere” of the World Federation of Science Journalists.

Hurry up!

(and don’t hesitate to ask Fabio Turone – who is in the Programme Committee – in case you need any help).

8th World Conference of Science Journalists,
Helsinki, Finland, June 24 – 28, 2013

A few days left to propose your dream session

Call for proposals for WCSJ  2013, Helsinki

CLOSES 15 May 2012 !

To propose a session you have always dreamt about
but have not found in science journalist conferences so far,
please hurry and submit a brief description of the proposal through the
conference management system on 15 May 2012 at the latest.

The conference days are 25.-27 June 2013, with the themes

Our common values
Our exciting work
Our vulnerable world

The conference will include a pre-conference day (24 June) with skills building workshops,
three full conference days and one day  (28 June) for tailored post-tours.
The conference language is English.

More information can be found here:
http://wcsj2013.org/call/

See you in Helsinki!

Ulla Järvi
Programme Committee Chair

Eeva Pitkälä
Conference Director

www.wcsj2013.org
facebook.com/wcsj2013
twitter.com/wcsj2013

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Women at the top of EUSJA. Turone named associate member of the board

Barbie Drillsma, a UK freelance journalist, writer and editor and Viola Egikova, science desk chief on a daily Moscow newspaper have been elected President and Vice-President of EUSJA, the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations at EUSJA’s general assembly in the Netherlands.

Wolfgang Goede, a senior editor at German’s popular science magazine, PM takes on the role of Hon Secretary whilst Dutch broadcaster and science editor, Elmar Veerman is treasurer.

Menelaos Sotiriou, writer, broadcaster and editor of Greece’s Science View and Fabio Turone, freelance science journalist and director of the Agency Zoe based in Milan have been co-opted to the board with special responsibilities for fund-raising and strengthening social media networks.

Follows at: http://www.eusja.org/?p=555

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Get ready for the Helsinki 2013 World Conference of Science Journalists!

We are pleased to circulate this announcement by the Finnish colleague Eeva Pitkälä, Conference Director  of the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) that will take place in Helsinki from June 24 to 28, 2013.

Dear colleagues,

The first details of WCSJ2013 have now been revealed at a press conference in the AAAS Annual meeting.

The next important WCSJ 2013 dates are Call for session proposals, open on March 1, 2012, exhibition details available by June 2012 and the early registration, that begins September 10, 2012.

WCSJ 2013 takes place right after the Midsummer festivities and thus it is a unique time of the year in Helsinki when the summer nights are nearly as bright as the days. The venue of the conference is the central campus of the University of Helsinki.

In Helsinki, you will meet hundreds of members of WFSJ, aspiring future science journalists, top-level scientists and colleagues from different countries.

What will make WCSJ2013, Helsinki, a must-attend is its emphasis on creativity and networking. Times certainly are hard for science journalists in Finland and all over the world. Thus, the core of the conference is that our professional questions must be addressed in depth, says Ms. Lipponen, Chair of the Organising Committee and President of the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists, FASEJ.

In WCSJ2013, having fun is a crucial part of the programme. Achieving good intellectual results by having fun is not far-fetched. According to the International Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA, Finland has an excellent reputation in education, – Learning from colleagues is the basic idea behind the Science Journalism COOPeration programmes, a unique effort to train science journalists in developing countries. That is also a good example for us in Helsinki 2013, points Mr. Vesa Niinikangas, the President of WFSJ and General secretary of FASEJ.

Having met many of you in London and Doha and witnessed the great effort and passion you all put into your work, I would love to see you in Helsinki in 2013

Eeva Pitkälä

Conference Director WCSJ 2013, Helsinki, 24 – 28, June 2013

8th World Conference of Science Journalists

eeva.pitkala@wcsj2013.org

www.wcsj2013.org

www.facebook.com/wcsj2013

twitter.com/wcsj2013

Here you can download the pdf of the invitation leaflet.

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Beltramini’s view on sponsored press events on AHCJ’s Covering Europe

Italian journalist argues against pharma-sponsored press event

CommentaryBy Amelia Beltramini

During my stay in England at the European conference on health journalism co-sponsored by AHCJ and Coventry University, one issue caught my attention.

Amerlia BeltraminiThe discussion turned to press events sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. It was argued that accepting invitations had advantages, such as savings in travel expenses, accommodations and conference registration fees.

Some participants argued that these goodies came with no side effects, provided that the report of the conference published by the journalist would close with a disclaimer that the author was a guest of the company. Readers should understand what this implies.

I strongly disagree with this opinion for five reasons:

Follows on the section of AHCJ devoted to Covering Europe.

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