Virginia Tech Hosts 18th Annual Society of Environmental Journalists Conference

Virginia Tech hosted 800 environmental journalists, government officials, and non-profit organization leaders from across the nation and around the world for the 18th Annual Conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center October 15-19, 2008. SEJ is a non-profit education organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of environmental issues by improving the quality, accuracy, and visibility of environmental reporting. SEJ partners with a university host each year, with the university providing not only expertise from professors and research associates but also financial support it solicits from corporate and government partners.

More than 100 sessions and field trips packed a robust conference agenda, including a sold-out preconference workshop on climate, a poster session by 50 of Virginia Tech’s professors and graduate students, regional tours throughout Southwest Virginia, mini-tours to various campus environmental research centers, and a presentation by keynote speaker Rajenda K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

  • Society of Environmental Journalists Home Page: www.sej.org
  • Society of Environmental Journalists 18th Annual Conference, Roanoke, Va.
    Includes conference agenda, photos, attendee blogs, and more: www.sej.org/confer/index8.htm
  • Video (Large Quicktime video): Dr. John Cairns, Jr., University Distinguished Professor of Environmental Biology Emeritus and Director Emeritus, University Center for Environmental and Hazardous Materials Studies, Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences, addresses conference attendees on climate change and threats to the biosphere.