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David Shukman speaker

David Shukman

London, UK

BBC's First Science Editor (2012-present)

BBC World Affairs Correspondent (1999-2003); BBC Environment and Science Correspondent (2003-12)

Held the most northerly television broadcast only 600 miles from the North Pole

David Shukman was appointed as the BBC’s first Science Editor in 2012. Previously, David served as the Environment and Science correspondent for BBC News, with particular responsibility for the BBC’s Six O’Clock and Ten O’Clock News.

Known for ability to make complex scientific issues accessible, David’s reports on research have taken him as far afield as the Antarctic ice-sheet, the Amazon rainforest and the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. David was the first journalist to make a live television broadcast from Britain’s Antarctic base. Recent assignments include voyaging through the North West Passage, reporting live on plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean, and witnessing the threat of rising sea-levels to the tiny island nation of Tuvalu.

In a career that began in 1983, David Shukman was based in Northern Ireland from 1985 to 1987 before being appointed Defence Correspondent (1987-95), then being assigned to Brussels as Europe Correspondent (1995-99). David was World Affairs Correspondent from 1999 to 2003 and has reported from more than 80 countries. He is also the author of three books.

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"One of the BBC’s most experienced correspondents, David’s knowledge spans several disciplines and his BBC brief covers space exploration, environmental disasters and future technologies. He is also a leading commentator for the BBC on climate change and environmental issues."

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