Schedule

WednesdayWed
25 October 201725 Oct
ThursdayThu
26 October 201726 Oct
FridayFri
27 October 201727 Oct
SaturdaySat
28 October 201728 Oct
SundaySun
29 October 201729 Oct
MondayMon
30 October 201730 Oct

W0) 2017 Latin American Edition of the Jack F. Ealy Science Journalism Workshop

A preconference workshop sponsored by Fundación Ealy Ortiz A.C. Advance registration required. The 2017 Latin American Edition of the Jack F. Ealy Science Journalism Workshop will bring together more than...
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Enrique Bustamante Martinez

W1) Feeding the World: Achieving Sustainable Agriculture

A preconference workshop sponsored by the Research Councils UK and produced by the World Federation of Science Journalists Advanced registration required. Participants should arrive in San Francisco by Tuesday evening,...
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Harry_Surjadi
Harry Surjadi

Check-In and Info Desk

Student Journalist Orientation and Training

Open only to students funded by WCSJ2017 student travel fellowships. All U.S. and international student travel fellows will attend a mandatory half-day orientation and skills workshop to preview their assignments...
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Rob_Irion
Rob Irion
Diego_Graglia
Diego Graglia

W2) Emerging Infectious Diseases: Post Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean

A preconference workshop sponsored by the Research Councils UK and produced by the World Federation of Science Journalists Advanced registration required. Description This half-day workshop will cover elements of the...
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Nora_Bär
Nora Bär

W3) Data Analysis in R for Journalists

Advance registration required. This hands-on workshop is designed for science journalists who have some experience or training in data journalism and are comfortable writing computer code and working with statistics....
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Peter_Aldhous
Peter Aldhous

Preconference Symposium on New Genetic Technologies: Ethical Debates and Global Science Policy

A preconference event sponsored and organized by The Hastings Center Advanced registration required. CRISPR greatly enhances the ease and affordability of gene editing. It is being used to modify plants...
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Luncheon – The DNA Damage Response – an emerging target for groundbreaking cancer therapies

A sponsored luncheon program offered by AstraZeneca Advanced registration required. Every day, the DNA in our cells is damaged tens of thousands of times by natural and external factors.(1) Fortunately,...
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P1) Rewriting the Code of Life

Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world against its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist...
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Jennifer Doudna
Jennifer Doudna

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Exhibits Open

P2) Why the Wafflers Are Wrong: Addressing Climate Change Is Urgent—and a Bargain

In 2017, more than 80 percent of the world’s energy supply continues to come from burning coal, oil and natural gas, with complete release of the resulting carbon dioxide. Among...
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John Holdren
John P. Holdren

Exhibits Opening and Awards Celebration

Awards celebration co-sponsored by American Chemical Society and American Institute of Physics Join us in opening the conference exhibit hall and toasting award-winning science journalists around the world!

Check In and Info Desk

The Single Cell Future: Mapping a New Foundation for Biology

A sponsored breakfast program offered by 10X Genomics Drop in to enjoy coffee with scientists and learn about the new Human Cell Atlas initiative. Open to all attendees, no registration...
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Exhibits Open

P3) The Art of Truth: Data Visualization and Infographics for Everyone

With facts and truth increasingly under assault, many interest groups have enlisted data visualization to support all manner of spin. Because digital images and graphics are inherently sharable and can...
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Alberto Cairo
Alberto Cairo

P4) In Defense of Science

The Fifth Annual CASW Patrusky Lecture The scientific world is facing its greatest challenge in centuries. A facts-based, data-driven way of operating is being rejected as elitist. With this change...
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Susan Desmond-Hellmann

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Lunch Break

Luncheon – Preprints, Open Access, and the End of Ingelfinger: Issues at the Nexus of Publishing and Science Journalism Today

A luncheon event organized by eLife, with support from additional sponsors Advanced registration required. This hosted luncheon event will explore how changes in science publishing are affecting how research is conducted,...
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James Fraser
Rebecca Lawrence
Subhra_Priyadarsini
Subhra Priyadarshini

Luncheon – Who Will Do Science? International Perspectives from Women in STEM Leadership

Hosted event sponsored by 23andMe and Johnson & Johnson Innovation Advance registration required. Update November 6: Results of the audience survey taken at the luncheon are now posted. Download “Audience...
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Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan
Naledi Pandor
Naledi Pandor
Miyoko_O_Watanabe
Miyoko O. Watanabe
Emily_Drabant_Conley
Emily Drabant Conley
Seema _Kumar
Seema Kumar

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P5) Africa: The Cradle of Mathematical Sciences

In his address, Thierry Zomahoun will emphasize that history matters. Storytelling sets the tone for global perceptions of reality, which in turn influence the behavior of one group of people...
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Thierry Zomahoun

Opening Gala: Farm–>Table

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, WCSJ2017 Diamond Sponsor Tonight, we celebrate the conference with a reception at the stunning California Academy of Sciences. The evening’s theme, Farm–>Table, will showcase California’s...
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Check In and Info Desk

Exhibits Open

P6) A Delicate Balance: Immunity in Health, Disease and Medicine

From moment to moment, our immune system maintains a remarkable state of equilibrium, a tightrope act that is vital to our survival. On the one hand, the immune system must...
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Jeffrey Bluestone

P7) Book It: A Conversation Between Authors Steve Silberman and Ed Yong

Two internationally known book authors—Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, and Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes—engage to ask each other...
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Steve_Silberman
Steve Silberman
Ed_Yong
Ed Yong

Break

Lunch Break

Luncheon – The Power of Alpha: New Therapies for Cancer Patients?

A sponsored luncheon program offered by Bayer Advanced registration required. Even though 70 new therapies have been launched during the past five years, cancer is still the second leading cause...
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P8) Science Journalism, Authoritarian Regimes, and Pseudoscience

Pseudoscience deceives millions of people every day. Although scientists and journalists try to expose baseless assertions, governments around the world often will make decisions based on such claims or on...
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Carla Da Silva Almeida
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Jasson Muir Clarke
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Dyna Rochmyaningsih
Sarah_Wild
Sarah Wild
Mohammed_Yahia
Mohammed Yahia

Bay Area Science Festival Event “Tested: Deconstructed”

WCSJ2017 will coincide with the exciting Bay Area Science Festival. The festival has reserved a discounted block of seats to enable WCSJ2017 participants to attend a special Saturday night show,...
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Check In and Info Desk

P9.5) Closing Ceremony and Plenary: The Hazard Zone: Science Journalists Tackle Natural Disasters

The panelists in this late-breaking plenary, organized to address the recent spate of natural disasters, will discuss the challenges of covering earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, and other events.
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Guillermo Lopez Portillo
Lesley_McClurg
Lesley McClurg
Eva_Ruth_Moravec
Eva Ruth Moravec
Brian_Resnick
Brian Resnick
Erik_Vance
Erik Vance

Buses Depart: Board for UC Berkeley

If you are signed up to go to UC Berkeley, use the Mission Street entrance to board buses. Please arrive at 9:25 in order that we can line up, load the...
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Buses Depart: Board for UCSF

If you are signed up to go to UCSF, use the Mission Street entrance to board buses. Please arrive at 9:50 sharp in order that we can line up, load the...
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W4) Industry Documents: Gold Mines for High-Impact Stories

Advanced registration required. Through decades of lobbying, the tobacco industry has provided a blueprint for using, or even corrupting, scientists to muddle evidence and meddle in public policies around the...
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Stanton Glantz
Cristin_Kearns
Cristin Kearns
Rachel_Taketa
Rachel Taketa

P10) “One Test to Rule Them All”: Joe DeRisi in Conversation with Carl Zimmer

Joe DeRisi never rests in his pursuit of new technologies for finding and fighting mystery diseases. As a teen in the 1980s, DeRisi watched the AIDS epidemic catch the medical...
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Joe DeRisi
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Carl Zimmer
Sam_Hawgood
Sam Hawgood

P11) Climate Change Primer: Responding to Global Impacts of Human Activity

California leads the United States in responding to global climate change as it tries to create a clean-energy economy, ameliorate the effects of global change and promote green businesses for...
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William Collins
Inez_Fung
Inez Fung
Kristina_Hill
Kristina Hill
Dan_Kammen
Daniel Kammen
David_Sedlak
David Sedlak

University Events @ UC Berkeley

GENERAL REGISTRATION FOR SUNDAY EVENTS AT UC BERKELEY HAS CLOSED. If you have registered, you may edit your choices of on-campus events through October 12. Please be sure to make...
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University Events @ UC San Francisco

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is one of the premier health sciences universities in the world.  It receives more funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health than any other public...
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W5) Data Journalism: How to Turn Data into Stories

Advanced registration required. So you finally got your hands on some data. After sending requests and cajoling sources for months, an email finally arrives with a link. You click it...
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Break @ UC San Francisco

Closing Reception at the Exploratorium

WCSJ2017 will close with a celebration and reception at the Exploratorium on Pier 15 of San Francisco’s historic Embarcadero. Join us to see why in 2013 The New York Times named the...
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Bodega Bay: Oysters, Abalone, and Ocean Acidification

Registration fee: $25 (lunch included) Details: Wear comfortable walking shoes Organizer: Kat Kerlin, UC Davis Strategic Communications Sponsored by: UC Davis Strategic Communications NOTE: Start and end times given for field trips are...
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The Science of Wine – Robert Mondavi Institute

THE ORIGINAL FIELD TRIP TO NAPA HAS BEEN REPLACED. Due to the recent fires in the Napa Valley area, we regret that we have to cancel the tour of UC...
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UC Davis Innovative Energy Tour: Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Registration fee: $25 (lunch included) Details: Wear comfortable shoes Organizers: Stephen Kulieke, UC Davis Institute of Transportation; Alicia Loge, UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center Sponsored by: UC Davis Strategic Communications NOTE: Start...
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Redwoods of Northern California

THIS FIELD TRIP IS FULL. Registration fee: $45 Details: Wear comfortable hiking shoes. Trip organizer/speaker: Lynn Yarris, NCSWA/Todd Dawson, UC Berkeley Sponsored by: UC Berkeley NOTE: Start and end times given...
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Sea Otters, Sharks and Conservation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Registration fee: $45 (lunch included) Organizer: Rob Irion, UC Santa Cruz Sponsored by: Monterey Bay Aquarium NOTE: Start and end times given for field trips are the times when the trips...
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Deep-sea Robots, Underwater Landslides and Creatures of Monterey Canyon

Registration fee: $25  Lunch: Available to purchase Details: Wear comfortable walking shoes Organizer: Wallace Ravven Sponsored by: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute NOTE: Start and end times given for field...
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Earthquake Faults in the San Francisco Bay Area

Registration fee: $20 Details: Wear shoes suitable for outdoor walking on uneven surfaces. Dress in layers. Bring rain gear, water, hat, and sunscreen as appropriate. Organizer: Robert Finn, Univadis.com Sponsored by: US...
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Coastal Hazards in a Time of Rising Seas and Climate Change

Registration fee: $20 Details: Wear clothing and shoes suitable for outdoor walking on uneven surfaces. Bring rain gear, water, hat, and sunscreen as appropriate. Organizer: Robert Finn, Univadis.com Sponsored by: US Geological...
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Tour X, the Moonshot Factory

THIS FIELD TRIP IS FULL. Registration fee: $20 (lunch included) Organizer: Donna Alvarado Sponsored by: Alphabet’s X NOTE: Start and end times given for field trips are the times when the...
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A Look Inside the World’s Largest Laser

Registration fee: $20  Sponsored by: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory NOTE: Start and end times given for field trips are the times when the trips depart from and return to the...
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Earthquake Early Warning and the Hayward Fault

Registration fee: $20 (lunch included) Details: Wear comfortable walking shoes Organizer/speaker: Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley/Richard Allen, Director, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory Sponsored by: Berkeley Seismological Laboratory NOTE: Start and end times given...
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Parks for Science, Science for Parks: UC Field Station at Point Reyes National Seashore

Registration fee: $25 (lunch included) Details: Wear shoes suitable for walking outdoors on the beach. Dress in layers. Bring rain gear, water, hat, and sunscreen as appropriate. Organizer: Kathleen Wong, UC...
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Meet the Innovators of Tomorrow’s Life Science Breakthroughs at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

Registration fee: $20 (lunch included) Organizer: Mary Miller, Exploratorium Sponsored by: Johnson & Johnson Innovation NOTE: Start and end times given for field trips are the times when the trips...
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Visit Bayer CoLaborator and Become a Pharma Employee for a Day

Registration fee: $20 (lunch included) Sponsored by: Bayer NOTE: Start and end times given for field trips are the times when the trips depart from and return to the Marriott Marquis...
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Nice Missile You Got There: New Tools for Nuclear Data Journalism at Planet

Registration fee: $25 (happy hour reception included) Organizer: Devon Terrill, The Stanley Foundation Sponsored by:The Stanley Foundation, The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and...
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