- Moderator: Penny Park
- Rosalind Reid
- Christie Nicholson
- Jasmine Antonick
- Jay Ingram
- Rosie Redfield
The Friday afternoon opening panel is really meant to be as much of a dialogue as possible with conference delegates. So we're looking for about five to seven minutes of opening remarks from each panelist, then brief comments from the panelists on what the other panelists had to say, then right into a moderated (and hopefully lively!) discussion with the delegates.We're having a conference call this afternoon to sort out what we're going to say in our opening remarks. We're asked to address the following, so here are my preliminary ideas:
-- some of the trends (positive and negative) we see in science communications;
- Positive: increasing openness of scientific research (informally and formally)
- Negative: public suspicion of science stirred up by media, politicians and cranks
- Access: Papers are all online, often open-access. Blogs and tweets = accessible to the public.
- That market is small and getting smaller. The best science writing now is free.
- look outside of conventional media. Look where the money is? Where can you get paid to write about science without being corrupted by your paymasters?
- look outside of conventional media
- Improve their prospects of making a living? I don't have any sensible ideas.