Comet landings & exploding volcanoes: Reporting science for the BBC
A public lecture by Rebecca Morelle, global science correspondent for BBC News in London, and the inaugural Ingenuity Fellow, part of the UNSW Faculty of Engineering’s Journalist-in-Residence Program.
From swimming with seals to unveiling a 3D-printed gun, and covering everything from climate conferences to comet landings, no two days are ever the same as a science correspondent. Rebecca Morelle has been reporting on cutting-edge research for more than a decade for the BBC, working across TV, radio and online. In this talk, Rebecca will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of science reporter – revealing the drama of live TV coverage, some unexpected challenges of reporting from remote corners of the world, and arguing why scientists can give Kim Kardashian a run for her money when it comes to breaking the internet. She will also talk about her recent escape from a volcanic eruption at Mount Etna – a near-miss that made headlines around the world.
About the speaker: Rebecca Morelle is the global science correspondent for BBC News, based in London. She studied chemistry at Oxford University, gaining a first class degree. But after spending a year working in a lab, she discovered she was far better at talking about science than doing it. She joined the BBC in 2006, starting out working online, before broadening out to radio and TV. Her job now takes her around the world, reporting on the latest scientific discoveries. She was recently presented with the AAAS/Kavli international science journalism award for her television report on the Paris climate conference.
Date: Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 5pm - 6pm. (The lecture will be followed by a reception immediately outside the John B Reid Theatre until 7:30pm)
Where: John B Reid Theatre, AGSM Building (G27) - enter via Gate 11, Botany St, UNSW Kensington Campus (Map Ref G27) - Download map here.
Event type: Public lecture
Tickets are free but bookings are limited.