For readers in Europe, on May 12 and 13, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) will be hosting in Madrid the Media For Science Forum 2010. The event is intended for science journalists, media officers, science communicators, and scientists and is co-organized by the European Union Science Journalists Association. Registration is free. Following the Forum, a report featuring conclusions about the state of science journalism and public engagement will be released with recommendations aimed at enhanced cooperation among journalists, science communicators, scientists, policymakers, and the public.
On the first day of the Forum, I will be participating as part of a round table discussion on "Public perception and participation in science." The full program for the Forum has been posted online. From the conference I also hope to be sharing a series of blog posts about the major themes discussed. The conference also plans an official blog as part of the event.