David Shukman

Former BBC Science Editor

Speaker Themes

  • The latest breakthroughs in science
  • Climate change
  • Space travel
  • Tech trends

Travels from

London, UK


David Shukman is a legendary science journalist.

He was 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 for the BBC took him to more than 100 countries.

He was the BBC’s first Science Editor, a post he held from 2012 to 2021, stepping down after covering COP26. 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 Shukman has reported on the accelerating rate of deforestation in the Amazon, the latest research into the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, and COP26.

David Shuckman 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.

David’s 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. 

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David Shukman is world-renowned for his pioneering journalism and 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.

In his speaking, he also discusses science, technology and sustainability in the wider context of geopolitics and global economics.

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