Make sure your media contacts are invited
- Now is the time to invite your contacts in the public media to come along to Oslo, says Kristen Ulstein, communication adviser at the IPY-OSC secretariat. - Science institutions are urged to pick up their contact lists and ensure that this unique opportunity is considered by science journalists in all strands of the media.
The 2nd MEDIA ALERT is now being distributed. The PDFs can downloaded here. Kristen Ulstein is counting on the help of individual scientist in mobilising the media: - Together with the conference brochure, the Media Alert should be attached to a personal reminder email to your best media contacts.
The communication adviser is convinced that most science writers will benefit from participation: - As long as Polar Regions or climate research are within the sphere of interest, the IPY-OSC will allow journalists to link up with valuable contacts, excellent scientist in a wide variety of fields and door-openers at the best science institutions. But first and foremost the conference will give access to cutting edge polar science.
He points in particular to the opportunity to meet the next generation of polar scientists: - This is one of the most successful conferences in terms of early career scientist participation. More than 600 students and young scientists from around the world will participate.
- The IPY-OSC conference will provide an excellent opportunity even for news journalists. Here the newsrooms can get up to pace with the latest in global climate research - some of which will surely provide the scientific foundation for COP16 in Mexico in November, as well as the next IPCC report, says Mr. Ulstein.
To get full access to the conference activities and content, press needs to obtain a participants card. Press representatives are eligible for waived registration fees. Eligibility for press registration must be substantiated through submission of the Press Registration Form with the required documentation.
- We depend on the public media to get the science out and ensure that the public debate is informed by the latest scientific findings, says Mr. Ulstein. He sees no conflict between attention for the science and for the institution or individual scientist. On the contrary he urges science institutions to take this opportunity to promote themselves, their capacity and their competence. - Please note that institution based press officers are eligible for waived fees in line with media based journalists and science writers.
Altogether 2600 abstracts have been received for this event, and participants will present early scientific results from all the IPY themes in almost 40 sessions. The message of IPY is loud and clear: What happens in the Polar Regions affects the rest of the world and concerns us all. Polar changes are critical because of various feedbacks involving the ocean, the cryosphere and/or the biosphere, each of which has the potential to accelerate the rates of global changes. The need for polar research has never been greater.
- The conference programme provides the arguments you will need to convince your media contacts that they should join you, says Kristen Ulstein. - In addition we will make sure that working condition for journalist are the best possible. A serviced press centre, briefings, pool photo and well informed advisers are included in the onsite.
Last updated: 26.04.2010