WCSJ 2009 News

WFSJ published its two-years (2007-2009) report

WFSJ has published the report on its last two-year period, under the present Board led by its President Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science Correspondent. The WFSJ Board is elected at each General Assembly, held during World Conferences of Science Journalists. The last World Conference of Science Journalists was held in April 2007 in Melbourne (Australia).

The 8-page report begins with a word from Pallab Ghosh thanking member associations for their support. It then highlights the increasing number of associations of science journalists that have joined the World Federation -- nine new associations -- since April 2009, the creation of four new associations in Africa and the twinning of 7 associations from the industrialized world with as many young associations in the developing world. Most of these accomplishments were achieved through the WFSJ flagship project SjCOOP.

Another major achievement of the last two years is the production of the first online course in science journalism in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The report ends with a review of the financial situation. The WFSJ 2007 – 2009 Report will be presented and discussed at the upcoming General Assembly of the World Federation of Science Journalists, Wednesday 1st July 2009, at the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists, in London (UK).


Mohammad Kawsar Uddin from London, UK. June 25, 2009

WFSJ published its two-years (2007-2009) report

A low-carbon economy: We must cut our use of fossil fuels

Carbon emissions - Photo by Ian Britton/FlickrAl Gore and former UK Government Chief Scientist Sir David King will be amongst high profile speakers at The Times/Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, in Oxford from 5-7 July 2009.

More than 200 politicians, business leaders and academics are expected to attend the event with the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, Indian Science Minister Shri Kapil Sibal, former BP Chief Executive Lord Browne and ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone also addressing the conference.

The event, at Keble College, University of Oxford, will address the question: ‘Is there a model for low-carbon growth?’ with discussions focusing on how we ensure economic growth while simultaneously de-fossilising our economies.
International plans of action for governments, the private sector and academia should emerge from the World Forum, feeding into climate change talks in Copenhagen in December. 

This year is regarded by many as the make-or-break year for agreeing a successor to the Kyoto climate change protocol, parts of which expire in 2012. Many of those attending the World Forum will be involved in the succession of meetings taking place in many parts of the world and leading up to the Copenhagen negotiations.

Sir David King, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, said: “The World Forum will provide a unique opportunity for world leaders from governments, business and academe to develop their thinking together on the transformation to a low carbon global economy.”

Sir David will brief the WCSJ in the Central Hall, Westminster at 11am on Wednesday July 1, after the climate change panel discussion involving Sir David, in the same venue.


Cath Harris, Communications Officer
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
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Notes to editors:

  • World Forum news is here http://www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk/news2
  • World Forum details are here http://www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk/events/as/world_forum_on_enterprise_and_...
  • The World Forum programme is here http://www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/8582/World_F...
  • Most business sessions of the conference are open to journalists who should register their interest with, and submit interview bids to, Cath Harris, Smith School Communications Officer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01865 614925 / 07917 338266.
  • Sir David King will host World Forum media briefings on:
    • Wednesday 1 July, 11-11.30am at the World Conference of Science Journalists
    • Sunday 5 July, 11am-12noon at Keble College, Oxford
  • There will be a press conference immediately after Al Gore’s closing speech on:
    • Tuesday 7 July, 12noon-12.30 at Keble College, Oxford
  • Al Gore and President Paul Kagame are only visiting briefly and unfortunately will not have time for interviews.
  • For accommodation in Oxford, visit http://www.ntopsearch.com/VisitEngland/en-GB/SearchResults/Default.aspx?...
  • The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is a unique interdisciplinary hub where international academics from a range of disciplines are working with the private sector and government to find solutions to the major environmental challenges of the 21st  century. The School was founded in 2008 by a benefaction from the Smith Family Educational Foundation and will be the foremost institution of its kind in the world. The School’s work covers environmental economics, finance, international development, law, politics, and all areas relevant to the response of the private and public sectors to environmental problems. Units from across the University of Oxford are involved in the creation and ongoing work of the School. Professor Sir David King is the Smith School’s first director. Sir David was the UK government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007.

Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford,
Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford OX1 2BQ

Science Journalism goes Global

Cristine Russell's editorial in Science"When swine flu struck swiftly in Mexico, it created a challenge not only for international public health officials but also for journalists around the world assigned to follow the unfolding story. They needed to explain, in the face of great uncertainty and a nonstop news cycle, what the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus was and the potential dangers it posed. It was a difficult story handled most capably by experienced health and science reporters". Thus begins a lucid editorial published in Science by Cristine Russell, senior fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. She'll be prominent among the experienced figures that will attend the WCSJ2009, so be on the look. In the meantime, you can read Cristine's piece clicking here.

Nature has a special feature on science journalism

Welcome to the special featureTo accompany the celebration of the World Conference of Science Journalists, Nature has put online a special feature titled Science Journalism. The introductory text says that the craft faces an uncertain future. "But to what extent should scientists help — or care?", asks. The package includes not only Geoff Brumfiel's last march piece, but a new one, as well as a couple of editorials and several opinion pieces. It's worth the read -- and an invitation to begin the discussion - even before the conference starts!