The 6th World Conference of Science Journalists in 2009 (WCSJ2009) will be held at Central Hall, Westminster, London from 30 June to 2 July, 2009. It will bring established and aspiring reporters, writers and science communicators from around the world to debate, network, develop their professional skills and report on the latest advances in science and technology.
The main aims of the conference are raise the quality and impact of science journalism worldwide, share excellence in independent journalism, compare experiences with counterparts from developed and developing countries, promote professional development, encourage new partnerships and report on the latest advances in science and technology.
Many high profiles speakers like Nobel prize winner Rajendra Pachauri, Pulitzer Prize winner American science journalist Deborah Blum, environmental writer from The New York Times Andrew Revkin, Executive Editor of the UK’s Guardian Newspaper Ian Katz. British academicians and journalists, and journalists from Asia, Africa, the arab world and Latin America also join the conference.
There will be a range of exclusive workshops for journalists on Monday 29 June and the morning of Tuesday 30 June 2009. These are being designed in consultation with scientists, media trainers and journalists and will cover science journalism skills, new media tools and hot topics in science-providing opportunities to interview top international experts and gain access to new information sources.
The organizers hope that the conference will provide opportunities for science journalists to network with others from their region and other world, to share experiences and ideas, and create lasting professional relationships. There will be some five plenary sessions, 31 parallel sessions, 11 practical workshops and a bunch of post-conference trips to several meccas of european research.
Pallab Ghosh, Science Correspondent, BBC News & President, World Federation of Science Journalists said in his statement that Science journalists have a vital role to play in informing millions of people around the world about the latest advances and controversies in science and technology. He said, at WCSJ2009 we welcome journalists, editors and science communicators from both developed and emerging countries to enjoy our exciting programme of events, share experiences, develop new contacts and report great stories.
To know more about the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists, please visit www.wcsj2009.org.
-Mohammad Kawsar Uddin, From London, UK, June 27, 2009