Since writing Reporting Live from the End of the World, David has explored the tunnel of CERN’s Hadron Collider on a motorbike and reported from a glacier collapsing into the sea.


David Shukman is the former BBC Science Editor. He was the first person ever to be appointed to the role and was responsible for all news coverage of science issues. Previously David served as the channel’s environment and science correspondent, and before that as world affairs correspondent involved providing regular studio analysis of the Iraq crisis and the United States-led war against terrorism.

In a broadcasting career spanning almost three decades, David's assignments have ranged from reporting from East Berlin during the fall of the Wall, to securing the first filming of Soviet nuclear weapons, to gaining rare access when covering war in Angola. He has reported on the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Israel and East Timor. He’s covered the plight of war victims in Sierra Leone, the famine in Tajikistan and the Pentagon's plans to fight al-Qaeda.

When he moved to the environment and science brief, David reported from locations as diverse as the Arctic and Antarctic and the Amazon. He was the first journalist to broadcast live from Britain's Antarctic base, and he has made the most northerly television broadcast, only 600 miles from the North Pole.

David has led reporting for the BBC on developments on everything from climate change to bio-science, environmental conferences to disasters including the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Fukushima nuclear plant explosion. 

David has authored various books including The Sorcerer's Challenge: Fears and Hopes for the Weapons of the Next Millennium, Tomorrow's War: The Threat of High-Technology Weapons and Reporting Live from the End of the World. 

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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH