WCSJ2017: A Word from the WFSJ President

Human health. Technology. The environment. Science has never been a more important dimension of the news, and covering these subjects requires a global perspective. The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) in San Francisco (October 26-30, 2017) is a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Oceania who can deliver just that. The meeting brings together journalists, communicators, scientists and other experts to discuss 21st-century strategies and practices for tackling the big issues, whether they be pandemics, cybersecurity or ecosystem change.

If you have never been to a World Conference of Science Journalists, which takes place every two years, now is the time. From the experiences of reporters, editors and publishers from dozens of countries, you will learn about obtaining access to information and sources, building resources and support, and employing the latest tools of the trade. You will see and hear how colleagues have struggled and triumphed to break big stories, add context and depth to basic narratives, and reach wider audiences and readerships. The location of the 2017 conference will provide an immersion in current technology and current controversies and developments in science, sending you home with fresh stories and techniques.

Whether explaining the awesome power of nature or the marvels of human creation, or providing the public with the information it needs to make important personal and social decisions, it helps to have an international point of view—so come mingle with peers and mentors from faraway lands!

Countries and communities around the globe have much to teach one another, and the media play a central role in conveying that knowledge. WCSJ2017 is a forum for assessing the opportunities for increasing the free flow of information and overcoming the challenges that stand in the way. By coming together, we can promote the advancement of science journalism, which is more essential than ever to our complex and changing world.

If you are interested in partnering with the World Federation of science Journalists (WFSJ), the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) on this one-a-kind-event, there are a variety of ways to get involved. For more information please send an email to Rosalind Reid (CASW) via ros@casw.org or Eric Lauwers (WFSJ) via elauwers@wfsj.org.

I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!


Curtis Brainard
President of the WFSJ

Go to the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) website here.



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