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Science and the Media

Science and Human Dimension 1994

A forum for representatives from different segments of the science media was convened by the Science and Human Dimension Project to discuss current issues of interest and concern.

  • Nigel Hawkes of The Times spoke on the pressures of reporting science on a daily paper with the obligation to cover stories of exception, or to dramatise.
  • John Maddox spoke of his period as editor of Nature and need to sustain high standards of peer review while providing newsy features and political background to science.
  • Ravi Mirchandani of Viking-Penguin discussed the boom in science books and what non-specialist readers expected in their science books.
  • Alun Anderson talked of the need, every week, to produce a lively cover for New Scientist.
  • Duncan Dallas described his work as a documentary producer and introduced the Café Scientifique movement.
  • Other speakers raised the growing influence and importance of online content and access.

This conference was sponsored by Nature.