Climate exchange for researchers and journalists in Sweden

Written by Clarisse Kehler Siebert

Friday, 12 January 2018 11:12

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How can we offer the public evidence-based climate news? We welcome journalists and climate researchers to this Swedish-English bilingual workshop. Participants should have passive knowledge of both, and are free to speak in either.

This workshop launches an informal exchange of information, experience and questions between climate change researchers and journalists in Sweden. We hope the conversation will result in journalists more able to recognize the climate change angles in their work, climate researchers better able to communicate complex messages to non-experts, and ultimately more nuanced and dispersed climate change media coverage reaching an informed public.

Workshop date and time

Tuesday, 23 January from 8:30 to 12:30
(Come for a climate-conscious breakfast and stay for lunch)

Location

Stockholm Environment Institute
Linnégatan 87D, Stockholm

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Why this initiative and why now?

The slow-onset phenomenon that is climate change, and the fast-paced nature of modern-day reporting don’t always make a good pairing. In 2018, science, fact, and fake are increasingly blurred; Sweden goes to election; several news outlets have recently announced an increased emphasis on climate reporting; “climate angst” is a documented and growing phenomenon. For these reasons, we propose a space for researchers and journalists to exchange expertise, pose questions, learn from each other, and aim for more, better, sharper climate reporting.

About the workshop

Hosted at the Stockholm Environment Institute and moderated by Loukas Christodoulou from Sveriges Radio, the workshop will address questions identified by participants (see “Registration” below) through short initial presentations by participating researchers and journalists, and the through facilitated dialogue. The format is participatory and interactive and “safe” – what is said stays in the room.

Breakfast and registration at 8:30, interactive programme from 9:00, close with lunch at 12:30.

Limited travel stipends are available for journalists and researchers based outside Stockholm for return economy travel by train to Stockholm. If you need support to come to the workshop, please indicate this in your “application” (see below).

Who can participate?

Climate researchers in Sweden from any discipline and stage of career.

Journalists working in Sweden – whether already working on climate and/or wishing to do so.

We will ask participants to take part in a short follow-up survey or phone conversations approximately 1 month after the workshop.

What we hope to achieve

We hope this workshop forms the first stage of a dialogue. The short and longer-term vision is:

  • An informal network of researchers and journalists with good faith relations, able to call on each other to ask questions, offer ideas, and challenge one another.
  • Journalists better informed about climate science, thereby able to ask better questions of policy makers, interest groups, and citizens.
  • Journalists able to “see” the climate angle in stories that are not foremost about climate change – e.g. flooding, budget reassignments, city planning.
  • Climate researchers with new ideas, channels and commitments to making research accessible to broader audiences through the media.
  • Duly weighted and increased visibility of climate change in the news media in Sweden.

Registration

The workshop is limited to 30 participants; spots will be allotted roughly in the order applications are received. However, as a meaningful dialogue requires balance in the number journalists and researchers, expertise and backgrounds, we will adjust as necessary. If we aren’t able to accommodate you at the first workshop, you will be put in queue for the next workshop in the spring.

Registration is extended until Thursday, 18 January at 17:00. Workshop applicants will receive confirmation by email and are asked to confirm their spot by Friday, 19 January

To register your interest, please send an email including the below information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the following information:

  1. Are you a journalist or researcher?
  2. Name:
  3. Work affiliation/ freelance:
  4. Email address:
  5. Phone number:
  6. Briefly describe your work (2-3 sentences):
  7. Dietary requirements or allergies (food will be vegetarian):
  8. Do you need travel support (return train)? If yes, from where are you coming?
  9. For journalists (2-3 sentences)*:
    1. Why are you interested in climate reporting?
    2. What do you want to get out of more contact with climate scientists?
  10. For climate researchers (2-3 sentences)*:
    1. What are 1-2 aspects of your work you find under- or mis-represented in the media?
    2. What do you want to take from this workshop?

*Please give this some thought, as your questions will be used to shape the workshop content.

Who are we?

This workshop is part of a project entitled “Colouring in the grey zones of climate change: A science-journalism collaboration to offer the public sharper climate information” / “Ett samarbete mellan vetenskap och journalism – för att erbjuda allmänheten vassare insikter om vad vi vet och inte vet om klimatfrågan”. The project is hosted at the Stockholm Environment Institute.We acknowledge a communications grant from Formas – A Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development.

Questions can be sent to project lead, Clarisse Kehler Siebert: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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