VBQ Speakers

David Shukman - Keynote Speaker

Book David Shukman as a keynote speaker. David Shukman is the BBC’s first Science Editor, a post he has held since in 2012. Previously, he 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. For more information on science and technology speaker David Shukman, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk on leo@vbqspeakers.com or 0044 7833 727090.


David Shukman

BBC's Science Editor

Speaker Themes

  • The latest breakthroughs in science

  • Climate change

  • Space travel

  • Tech trends


London, UK



David is one of the BBC’s most experienced correspondents, reporting on a wide range of topics from climate change to space travel to plastic pollution. His assignments have taken him to more than 100 countries.

He is the BBC’s first Science Editor, a post he has held since in 2012. Prior to that, he worked as the Environment and Science correspondent for BBC News.

Known for ability to make complex issues clear, David has reported from an ice cave in Antarctica and a submarine in the Gulf of Mexico. He regularly appears in the studio providing analysis on key scientific and environmental developments. His coverage has included voyaging through the North West Passage in the Canadian Arctic and witnessing rising sea levels in the tiny island nation of Tuvalu.

In recent months, David has reported on the accelerating rate of deforestation in the Amazon and the latest research into the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.

David has a wealth of knowledge on world issues, which he has honed since he started with the BBC in 1983. He was based in Northern Ireland from 1985 to 1987 before being appointed Defence Correspondent (1987-95). He was then assigned to Brussels as Europe Correspondent (1995-99). He was World Affairs Correspondent from 1999 to 2003.

Favourite memories include witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall and exploring the tunnels of the Large Hadron Collider on a bike; among his least favourite are being stuck in a blizzard in Siberia and trying to get clean after filming in a Polish coal mine. 


David is a true BBC veteran, known for the enthusiasm he brings to his reporting. From climate change to space travel and tech trends, he presents the latest scientific discoveries in a highly accessible way, illustrated with anecdotes from his travels around the world.


David explains Singapore’s haze (2013)

The Arctic is changing -- and could even be entering "a new era" according to a team of scientists, who've spent the winter on a boat deliberately wedged into the Arctic ice pack (2015).