Discussing Science Media Centres at the PCST 2012 conference with Anne Glover

SONY DSCI had the pleasure to meet Anne Glover, who had just been named Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, while I was working on a panel I had submitted to the 2012 International Conference of the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network  in Florence.

I invited her to join us in my panel – along with Fiona Fox, Morten Busch and Charlotte Wien – to discuss about the experience of the International Network of Science Media Centres I had started working with since the Doha 2011 World Conference of Science Journalists, and she happily accepted the invitation: her speech was both interesting and entertaining (the audio of that panel is available on the page of the  Science Media Centre Global Network, in the right column).

Since then, I met Anne Glover on several occasions, and I always had the perception of a great person who has been doing a great job to help inform the European policy makers, and citizens, about the science – the evidence – available on all controversial topics.

And when several NGos (including Greenpeace) started a campaign against Anne Glover and the function of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, I contributed to write with the colleagues of the European Federation for Science Journalism an open letter to the new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to defend her and especially the role. Unfortunately, a few weeks later Juncker decided to kill the post.