Fukushima: International Symposium on Disaster Management & Recovery for Children and communities (Soma City, 7-8 May, 2016)

In March 2011, Fukushima faced the worst-ever disaster in history. The triple disaster, earthquake, tsunami, and particularly the nuclear accident brought unforeseen public health challenges.

Major health concerns in addition to radiation contamination arose from social destabilisation, caused by fear of radiation exposure. Sudden, unplanned mass evacuation and long-term displacement contributed to the decline in mental and physical well-being of evacuees, especially the elderly. READ MORE

ESOF2016 Manchester: New travel grant scheme for journalists. Deadline: 25/04.

Manchester, the host city for the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016, is delighted to announce that it is offering a travel grant scheme for journalists wishing to attend and report on the conference this summer.

The ESOF 2016 Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists is now open and has been put in place due to the overwhelming response to a similar grant offered by Nature Publishing Group, which has already supported 15 journalists to attend the conference. READ MORE

WFSJ at EASL: The International Liver Congress 2016, Barcelona (13-17 April, 2016)

The International Liver Congress is the annual EASL meeting, and the flagship event in EASL’s educational calendar.

Every year in April, scientific and medical experts from a broad range of fields including hepatology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, cell biology, transplant surgery, infectious diseases, microbiology and virology, pharmacology, pathology and radiology and imaging come together from around the world to learn about the latest in liver research.READ MORE

The Lost Freetown Collective

The Freetown Peninsula in Sierra Leone is the most populous and developed part of the country. As the population has grown, efforts to update its infrastructure have stalled, leaving its resources, both physical and environmental, under a great strain. What was once a region rich in marine and forest resources is now at risk from over fishing, water pollution, illegal logging, and soil erosion. The country’s environmental protection framework is weak and poorly enforced, and for many, the country’s waters and forest are their only source of income and nutrition.READ MORE