In Experts We Trust

This session explores writing about scientific topics, and the role of the expert in communicating these to audiences. Where do creativity and the technical meet? And are they at odds with one another?

Panellists: Shirley Wang (The Wall Street Journal), Angela Saini (Inferior, 2017), Sam Wong (New Scientist), Momtaza Mehri (Ten: Poets of the New Generation, 2017).

Shirley Wang is a health and science writer based in London. For nearly a decade, she was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal where she wrote a column on medical research, called In the Lab, as well as other health and human interest stories. She has reported from over a dozen countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, as well as across the U.S. Shirley received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University. In addition to writing, she is an adjunct psychology professor at Syracuse University's London program.

Angela Saini is a London-based science journalist and broadcaster. She presents science programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service and her writing has appeared all over the world, including in New Scientist, the Guardian, Science, and Wired. Her first book, Geek Nation, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2011, becoming a bestseller in India. She is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Kavli Science Journalism Award (2015) and the Association of British Science Writers’ award for best news story (2012). Her latest book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, will be published by Harper Collins on 1st June.

Sam Wong is a reporter at New Scientist magazine covering biology, medicine and environment stories. He has also written for the Guardian, Nature and Mosaic, and previously worked as a press officer at Imperial College London and the British Heart Foundation. He also writes and performs with the spoken word group Rhymes With Orange.

Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist and meme archivist. Her work is featured and forthcoming in DAZED, Buzzfeed, Rialto, Sukoon, VINYL and Poetry International. Shortlisted for the Brunel African Poetry Prize and the Plough Prize, she is a Complete Works Fellow. A winner of the 2017 Out-spoken Page Poetry Prize, her chapbook sugah.lump.prayer was published as part of the New Generation African Poets series in 2017. She will also appear in TEN: POETS OF THE NEW GENERATION, to be published by BloodAxe Books in 2017. She is also a co-editor of Diaspora Drama; an online platform dedicated to offbeat immigrant art.