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Expert meeting with Dava Sobel: Science Writing by and for non-Scientific People

Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 - 13:30 to Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 - 17:00
ICAB, Zaal Madera
Witte Patersstraat 4, 1040 Brussels
+32 (0)2 619 22 18
Invitation only

Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven. In her forty years as a science journalist she has written for many magazines, including Audubon, Discover, Life, and The New Yorker.


The expert meeting brings together a selected group of people from the media and communications departments to discuss the challenges, opportunities, difficulties and evolution in the ways to write or communicate about science, research and the people behind it.

In her introductory talk Dava Sobel will elaborate on her own science writing as well as in her experience as a journalist and award-winning author. Sobel will indicate a series of criteria and conditions necessary to comply with if the written articles or texts will serve a non-scientific public in the first place, yet, also offering enough intellectual stimuli for scientific researchers too.

13.30-14.00h.: Reception with coffee and tea
14.00-14.30h.: Lecture by Dava Sobel
14.30-17.00h.: Discussion

Invitation only. Contact goedele.nuyttens@vub.ac.be for more information