The mantra for this year's ScienceWriters2015 event is: come early, stay late. In the week leading up to the conference, Knight Science Journalism and other organizations in and around Cambridge are planning a cornucopia of events of interest to science, health, and environmental reporters. One of the biggest (or should we say smallest?) is our 2015 Kavli Science Journalism Workshop on Nanotechnology on Friday, October 9.
In this fast-paced, half-day workshop (8:00 am - 2:30 pm), five of MIT and Harvard’s top scientists working at the nano-scale will explore their newest research and latest on promising developments in the field. MIT offers a world-class home for this conversation; the university is currently building a $350 million facility dedicated to nano-scale research, which will support 2,000 researchers when it opens in 2018.
• Angela Belcher is W.M.Keck Professor of Energy in MIT’s Department of Material Science & Engineering and Department of Biological Engineering, and heads the Biomolecular Materials Group at MIT in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
• Vladimir Bulovic heads the MIT.nano project, the $350 million research center that will open in 2018, and leads MIT's Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Lab (ONE Lab). He'll also take part in the ScienceWriters2015 Lunch With a Luminary program on October 12.
• Philip Demokritou is director of both the Laboratory for Environmental Health Nanoscience and the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
• Paula Hammond is head of MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering and head of the Hammond Lab at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
• Robert Langer is David H. Koch Institute Professor and heads the Langer Lab at MIT. With over 1000 patents worldwide, Langer is known for his work in drug delivery and tissue engineering. He will also host a Lunch With a Luminary session on October 11.
There are a limited number of seats available for this workshop, which will be held on the MIT campus. Interested journalists can also apply for travel support: twelve applicants will be awarded a travel stipend to reimburse up to $800 in travel and lodging expenses. See our full workshop prospectus for details about the stipend, workshop eligibility, and how to apply. Applications are due August 23 and judges will make their selections by September 4.
We hope you'll consider applying. Meanwhile, here's a video introducing the MIT.nano project: