What is the ECSJ?

The European Conference of Science Journalism is a conference for professional science journalists and related professions. In addition, it is a moment in time to meet each other in real life, if that is possible, and to continue discussing the profession of science journalist.

What is the ECSJ?

Who is it for?

Everyone involved with science journalism is welcome. The event itself is aimed at science journalists and the profession. We'd also like to welcome science communicators and other closely related professions.
Membership of a European association for science journalism is not compulsory, not in the least because such associations are not active everywhere. If you live in a country with an active association but you are not a member yourself, we advise you to become a member there.

Who is it for?

Who’s Speaking

More speakers to be announced.

Keynote speaker: Elisabeth BikMicrobiologist and scientific integrity consultant

Elisabeth Bik is a Dutch microbiologist who was a researcher at Stanford University untill 2018, after which she became a full time science integrity consultant. She founded the blog Microbiome digest (https://microbiomedigest.com/), and is very active on twitter.

She has pioneered a ‘forensic’ approach to quality control, by painstakingly checking images, mainly in biomedical publications, for duplications and other unacceptable ways of manipulation. She has identified hundreds of papers with serious flaws, resulting in many retractions.

At ECSJ she will give the key note lecture.

Keynote speaker: Elisabeth BikMicrobiologist and scientific integrity consultant

Elisabeth Bik is a Dutch microbiologist who was a researcher at Stanford University untill 2018, after which she became a full time science integrity consultant. She founded the blog Microbiome digest (https://microbiomedigest.com/), and is very active on twitter.

She has pioneered a ‘forensic’ approach to quality control, by painstakingly checking images, mainly in biomedical publications, for duplications and other unacceptable ways of manipulation. She has identified hundreds of papers with serious flaws, resulting in many retractions.

At ECSJ she will give the key note lecture.

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Lise BarnéoudScience journalist

Lise Barnéoud is a French freelance science journalist and author specialized in medical and environmental topics. Her work has appeared among others in Le Monde, Mediapart and Science et Vie Junior. In 2021 she published the book Vaccins, petit guide par temps de Covid.

At ECSJ she is one of the speakers during the session 'Pandemic science reporting – when the professional becomes personal'.

Lise BarnéoudScience journalist

Lise Barnéoud is a French freelance science journalist and author specialized in medical and environmental topics. Her work has appeared among others in Le Monde, Mediapart and Science et Vie Junior. In 2021 she published the book Vaccins, petit guide par temps de Covid.

At ECSJ she is one of the speakers during the session 'Pandemic science reporting – when the professional becomes personal'.

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Asha ten BroekeScience journalist

Asha ten Broeke is a Dutch writer, journalist and columnist, among others for newspaper De Volkskrant. Important themes are health, gender, sexism and feminism.

At ECSJ she is one of the speakers during the session 'Inclusion in Research And Journalism: The Gender Issue'.

Asha ten BroekeScience journalist

Asha ten Broeke is a Dutch writer, journalist and columnist, among others for newspaper De Volkskrant. Important themes are health, gender, sexism and feminism.

At ECSJ she is one of the speakers during the session 'Inclusion in Research And Journalism: The Gender Issue'.

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Rebecca ClearCommunication specialist

Rebecca Clear is the Corporate Responsibility Communications Director at Elsevier. At ECSJ 2022 she will moderate two sessions about inclusion in research and journalism.

Rebecca ClearCommunication specialist

Rebecca Clear is the Corporate Responsibility Communications Director at Elsevier. At ECSJ 2022 she will moderate two sessions about inclusion in research and journalism.

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Anne van KesselPresident of VWN

Anne van Kessel is a freelance science journalist and president of VWN (the Dutch association for science journalism and communication). At ECSJ she will be hosting the day, together with Krijn Soeteman.

Anne van KesselPresident of VWN

Anne van Kessel is a freelance science journalist and president of VWN (the Dutch association for science journalism and communication). At ECSJ she will be hosting the day, together with Krijn Soeteman.

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Kai KupferschmidtScience journalist

Kai Kupferschmidt is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine based in Berlin, Germany. He writes about infectious diseases as well as food science, nutrition, evolution and science policy.

At ECSJ he is one of the speakers during the session 'Pandemic science reporting – when the professional becomes personal'.

Kai KupferschmidtScience journalist

Kai Kupferschmidt is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine based in Berlin, Germany. He writes about infectious diseases as well as food science, nutrition, evolution and science policy.

At ECSJ he is one of the speakers during the session 'Pandemic science reporting – when the professional becomes personal'.

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Heidi LedfordScience journalist

Heidi Ledford is a senior reporter at Nature, mostly covering biomedicine. She is based in London.

At ECSJ she is one of the speakers during the session 'Pandemic science reporting – when the professional becomes personal'.

Heidi LedfordScience journalist

Heidi Ledford is a senior reporter at Nature, mostly covering biomedicine. She is based in London.

At ECSJ she is one of the speakers during the session 'Pandemic science reporting – when the professional becomes personal'.

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Alexander Pleijter

Alexander Pleijter (Leiden University) is an expert in online journalism and fact checking. He is one of the coordinators of the Dutch ‘News checkers’-website www.nieuwscheckers.nl, a project that aims to help the public properly evaluate (online) news and to teach journalism students the skill of fact checking.

At ECSJ he will talk about how to recognise hoaxes and fake news in science reporting.

Alexander Pleijter

Alexander Pleijter (Leiden University) is an expert in online journalism and fact checking. He is one of the coordinators of the Dutch ‘News checkers’-website www.nieuwscheckers.nl, a project that aims to help the public properly evaluate (online) news and to teach journalism students the skill of fact checking.

At ECSJ he will talk about how to recognise hoaxes and fake news in science reporting.

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Krijn SoetemanScience journalist and organizer of ECSJ

Krijn Soeteman is the former president of VWN, the Dutch association for science journalism and communication, and one of the organizers of ECSJ 2022. Together with Anne van Kessel he will be hosting the day.

Krijn SoetemanScience journalist and organizer of ECSJ

Krijn Soeteman is the former president of VWN, the Dutch association for science journalism and communication, and one of the organizers of ECSJ 2022. Together with Anne van Kessel he will be hosting the day.

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Jop de VriezeScience journalist

Jop de Vrieze is a freelance science and investigative journalist who followed the corona developments closely. At ECSJ he will be moderating the session 'Pandemic science reporting – when the professional becomes personal'.

Jop de VriezeScience journalist

Jop de Vrieze is a freelance science and investigative journalist who followed the corona developments closely. At ECSJ he will be moderating the session 'Pandemic science reporting – when the professional becomes personal'.

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Programme

Will be updated when more information becomes available.

  • Conference Day Tuesday 12 July 2022 12 July 2022
  • Conference morning Wednesday 13 July 2022 13 July 2022
  • Field trips Sunday 10 July 2022 10 July 2022
  • Field trips Monday 11 July 2022 11 July 2022
  • KOG Building Large Auditorium
  • KOG Building Room 1
  • KOG Building Room 2
  • KOG Building Room 3
  • KOG Building Room 4
  • Rijksmuseum Boerhaave
09:00 - 09:30Grand Opening ECSJ Conference 2022 By VWNConference

After two days of field trips and getting to know each other, it is time to open the official European Conference of Science Journalism Leiden 2022. Or: #ECSJ2022

Inclusion in Research And Journalism: The Decolonization Agenda
Inclusion in Research And Journalism: The Decolonization Agenda By Rebecca Clear

Moderator:
Rebecca Clear

Speakers, time and room to be announced.

Climate reporting: is alarmism good, bad or ugly?
Climate reporting: is alarmism good, bad or ugly?

With Maarten Keuleman, science journalist for newspaper De Volkskrant and Dutch journalist of the year 2021.

More details coming soon.

09:30 - 10:30Elisabeth Bik, Keynote By Elisabeth BikInvestigate Science

Science integrity will always remain a work in progress. While peer-review is a necessary first step in safeguarding the quality and integrity of scientific research, the system has been proven to be far from perfect. Elisabeth Bik has pioneered a ‘forensic’ approach to quality control, by painstakingly checking images, mainly in biomedical publications, for duplications and other unacceptable ways of manipulation. She has identified hundreds of papers with serious flaws, resulting in many retractions.

Her criticism of high-profile researchers like Didier Raoult – who claimed hydroxychloroquine cured covid-19 – has made her the target of lawsuit threats and vicious personal attacks on social media. However, she has no intention of backing down in her quest to improve science integrity.

12:15 - 13:30Lunch

One needs food for thought.

How to recognise hoaxes in science journalism By Alexander PleijterConference

Alexander Pleijter (Leiden University) is an expert in online journalism and fact checking. He is one of the coordinators of the Dutch ‘News checkers’-website www.nieuwscheckers.nl, a project that aims to help the public properly evaluate (online) news and to teach journalism students the skill of fact checking. At ECSJ he will talk about how to recognise hoaxes and fake news in science reporting.

Time and room to be announced.

Inclusion in Research And Journalism: The Gender Issue By Rebecca ClearConference

What should science do to achieve more diversity, can there be drawbacks of such a mission and what is the role and responsibility of science journalists?

Invited speaker: 
Asha ten Broeke, Dutch science journalist and columnist

Moderator:
Rebecca Clear

More speakers, time and room to be announced.

Bellingcat By BellingcatConference

International collective Bellingcat, based in The Netherlands, does investigative journalism using publicly available informtion. They did impressive work in cases like the MH17-crash and the conflict in Syria. How do they use open source data in their investigations? In this workshop they’ll teach you some of their methods.

Pandemic science reporting – when the professional becomes personal By Jop de VriezeConference

Mostly, a science reporter zooms in on topics that are socially relevant but can be approached from a safe and comfortable distance. But a pandemic is not distant for any science reporter: we’ve all been in the middle of it. How can a science reporter work in an engaged and neutral way during such a crisis? And how desirable is it to be as neutral as possible when there is so much at stake and the science and it implications have become so value laden and political?

Invited speakers:  
Lise Barnéoud (Le Monde)
Heidi Ledford (Nature)
Kai Kupferschmidt (Science)

Moderator:
Jop de Vrieze

Time and room to be announced.

10:45 - 12:00Workshops By WorkshopInvestigating Science

During the day there will be several workshops by and for science journalists.

12:15 - 13:30Lunch

One needs food for thought.

12:15 - 13:30Lunch

One needs food for thought.

Workshops
12:15 - 13:30Lunch

One needs food for thought.

12:15 - 13:30Lunch

One needs food for thought.

20:30 - 23:00Grand closure, drinks & bites By VWNGrand Closure

After a full conference day and maybe even two field trip days it’s time to contemplate together with your science journalist colleagues.

The closing drinks & bites will be hosted in the beautiful science museum Boerhaave with an amazing collection of ancient and modern artefacts which contributed to the advancement of science.

The museum hosts special tours during the evening.

The European Federation for Science Journalism will host two events, namely: the award ceremony for the European Science Journalist of the Year Award and the EFSJ will announce the laureates of the EFSJ Climate Grant.

21:00 - 21:15European Science Journalist of the Year Award Ceremony By EFSJ

The European Science Journalist of the Year Award will be announced by the EFSJ.

21:15 - 21:35EFSJ Climate Grant Laureates By EFSJ

Announcement of the laureates of the EFSJ Climate Grants.

  • KOG Building Large Auditorium
  • KOG Building Room 1
10:00 - 11:45EFSJ Annual General Meeting By Krijn SoetemanAGM
11:30 - 12:30Lecture By TBAInvestigating Science
  • External
10:30 - 12:00Field Trip #1

To be announced.

  • External
06:00 - 19:00Field Trip #4 By TBAField Trip Far Away

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