Spring 2006 visit the Ukraine for the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl and to provide programme items for the 'energy and environment' theme to the 2006 Eurocon, which itself is one of three arts-science festivals being run in parallel. After the festival the Chernobyl site and deserted town of Pripyat was visited.
Spring 2006 Have secured an arrangement with the leading multidisciplinary science journal Nature to place our (Concatenation's science/genre arts wing's) selection of Nature's fiction stories on our rough-and-ready sister site run by a small team of scientists and engineers.
Autumn 2005 Accepted invitation to attend the Geological Society's symposium on energy and Earth systems science, and its symposium dinner. Aside from being a Fellow of the GS, this event relates closely to the two specialist areas of science of which I have some knowledge. It was followed some weeks later by a climate change policy launch at the Royal Society.
Autumn 2005 Submitted sample chapters of the manuscript for peer review for the university primer and introductory text book The Biology and Human Ecology of Climate Change. Publisher -- a major university press -- very interested.
Autumn 2005. Now I don't cover all science communication activities from this end, but a letter in Nature is worth a mention. It concerns a Nature editorial call for learned societies to set up emergency, quick response teams to address journal papers that cause public controversy (see letter). However Nature edited out my letter's additional comment that its own news column itself has occasional errors, including the very week of the editorial itself when the news page reported that hurricane Katrina missed New Orleans! (Enough said.)
Autumn 2005 Attended Royal Society two-day discussion meeting on ice cap stability. It is not worth listing on these pages all the scientific meetings attended but this one is central to the contentious medium-to-long-term problem of sea level rise. The outcome of this meeting will inform the two climate change books currently in train.
Summer 2005 Attended World SF Convention (this year in Scotland) to give talk on climate change and participate in two science-sf interface panels plus the first international outing of Essential SF: A Concise Guide.
Summer 2005 Attended the annual Parliamentary (Science) Links day at the Palace of Westminster for the British Ecological Society at the invitation of the Royal Society of Chemistry with whom I used to regularly work during the many years I was with the Institute of Biology.
Summer 2005 Participated in a consultation workshop run by Bexley Council on Bexley regeneration framework plan as part of SE London-Kent (Thames Gateway) development.
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