World Federation of
Science Journalists

The 2nd Kavli Symposium on Science Journalism: Data Mining

The Kavli Foundation and the World Federation of Science Journalists are teaming up once more for the 2nd Kavli Symposium on Science Journalism. This symposium will focus primarily on data mining, and innovative data tools that could benefit the international community of science journalists worldwide. It will take place from February 16th-18th at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California.

One of the recommendations that emerged from the 1st Kavli Symposium on science journalism (click here for full report) is that there is a strong need for science journalists worldwide to have powerful and cutting edge data mining and mapping tools and new digital platforms to help them in better executing their jobs.

The digital age and its numerous online tools have tremendously disrupted the classic media industry model and the old forms of publishing. Science journalists want to find out how they could further benefit from these continuous evolutions. With the goal to always better serve the public.

Data mining tools have traditionally been in the hands of computer software companies. Could they be turned into the Brave New World for science journalists? One of the key questions is how these tools can be applied to science journalists’ current and future needs so that they can look at stories with new angles and broader perspectives.

Top computer and network scientists, experts along with science journalists from various parts of the world will explore existing cutting edge data analytics tools and how they can be applied to science journalism. They will discuss case studies stemming from current global issues in the field of public health, climate change, and investigative stories and on how to find other experts worldwide.

This Symposium will help define a vision for the future of science journalism and enhance its quality through innovation and cooperation. It will join the international perspective and expertise of our participating journalists with those from multiple experts who can help identify the promises, problems, and opportunities of data mining tools.

The topic and agenda for this symposium, which will take place in the heart of Silicon Valley, the cradle of data mining, were developed by the advisory committee under the supervision of the World Federation of Science Journalists.

Advisory Committee

Damien Chalaud
Executive Director

World Federation of Science Journalists

James Cohen

Director of Communications & Public Outreach; Program Leader

The Kavli Foundation

Mariette DiChristina

Scientific American

Dan Fagin

Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program

New York University

Pallab Ghosh
Science Correspondent

James Hamilton
Director, School of Journalism

Stanford University

Thomas Hayden
Science journalist/author
Lecturer, Stanford University

Robert Lee Hotz
Science Editor
Wall Street Journal

Rosie Mestel
Chief News Editor

Véronique Morin
Science journalist; Symposium project leader
World Federation of Science Journalists

Ivan Oransky
Global Editorial Director
MedPage Today

Ginger Pinholster
Director, Office of Public Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Volker Stollorz
Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany)

Richard Stone
International News Editor
Science Magazine

Participants (Confirmed to Date. Speakers & Presenters Highlighted)

Osama Abu Rub
Health Editor

Al Jazeera (Qatar)

Deborah Blum
Director, Knight Science Journalism

Fellowships, MIT

Tien Dung Bui
Science Editor

Youth Daily (Vietnam)

John Bohannon
Biologist & Correspondent

Science, Discover, Wired

Alan Boyle
Science Editor

NBC News Digital

Curtis Brainard
Blogs Editor

Scientific American

Noshir Contractor
Professor, Behavioral Science Northwestern University

Director, Sonic Lab

Christina Elmer
Data Journalist

Der Spiegel (Germany)

Jim Giles
Co-Founder Mosaic

Fred Guteri
Executive Editor Scientific American


Kompas Media Nusantara

Kim Chul Joong
Health/Science Editor

Chosun Ilbo (South Korea)

Jure Leskovec
Assist. Professor, Computer Science

Stanford University

Manuel Lino

El Economista (Mexico)

Vincent McCurley
Creative Technologist

National Film Board of Canada

Dan Nyguen
Lecturer, Computation Studies &

Data Journalism, Stanford

Fernando Perez
Physicist; Creator, iPython

UC Berkeley

Thuy Huong Pham

Vietnam News Agency

Cheryl Phillips
Data Journalism Lecturer

Stanford University

Subhransu Priyadarsini

Nature India

David Secko
Associate Professor

Concordia (Canada)

Dafna Shahaf
Postdoc,  Computer Science

Stanford University

Mariko Takahashi
Science journalist
Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Harry Surjadi
Freelance Reporter


Ron Winslow
Deputy Editor, Health and Science

Wall Street Journal

Andrea Sperling
Editor and Moderator

NDR Info (Germany)

In Attendance (Confirmed to Date)

Aditi Risbud
Communications Officer

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Kathryn Brown
Head of Communications

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dana Topousis
Acting Director

Office of Legislative & Public Affairs
National Science Foundation

Caroline Wichman
Director, Press & Public Relations

Leopoldina, German Science Academy