2019 European Immunization Training Workshop in Geneva

Brocher Foundation, the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of new medical developpements

The World Federation of Science Journalists is organizing a 2.5 day European Immunization Training Workshop at the Brocher Foundation site on 14-16 October 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The objectives of this training workshop are:

  • to provide factual information on the state of immunization in Europe
  • increase journalism skills for accurate immunization science coverage

The training will cover many vaccination-related topics relevant to the European context such as:

  • basic vaccination science: how do vaccines work?
  • economy of vaccination
  • science behind immunization strategies
  • vaccine hesitancy social science
  • social media polarization

Eligibility: Anyone who actively writes, edits or produces science news, information or commentary for an independent media, is working as a staff member of such media or as a freelance journalist in Europe. The primary focus is on junior science journalists or general beat journalists, occasionally covering science topics. English proficiency is required.
The workshop’s target is to approach the journalists mainly from France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, and Romania. However, applications from all over Europe will be considered.

Details: Up to 20 participants from Europe will be selected for attending the workshop. International diversity, gender balance, a mix of experiences and personal motivation to the topic will be considered in the selection process.

The costs covered are:

  • Travel expenses (economy class)
  • Health insurance fees
  • Accommodation and meals on site
  • All workshop materials

The workshop leaders: The programming of the workshop is designed and led by Daniela Ovadia and Alexandra Borissova.

Daniela Ovadia

Daniela Ovadia is an Italian science journalist, neuroscientist and neuroethicist and the Co-director of the Neuroscience and Society Lab at the University of Pavia. She has a background in medicine and neuroscience (Università Statale, Milan, Italy) and neuroethics (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US). She is the Director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Journalism (CESJ) and the Scientific Director of Agenzia Zoe (science writing agency).

Alexandra Borissova

Alexandra Borissova is a Senior Lecturer at the Center for Science Communication at the ITMO University, St. Petersburg. She is a science reporter and editor of leading Russian news outlets (TASS news agency, Gazeta.Ru, RBC). In 2016, she co-founded AKSON – the first professional SciComm association in Russia and became a German Chancellor Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is a visiting researcher with the Scientific Communication group at Rhine-Waal University, Germany.

Successful applications will make a clear and convincing case for how attending this workshop will benefit the applicant. Journalists will be asked to upload a curriculum vitae and provide a statement of interest.


The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31, 2019.


Before applying, we recommend that you read first through the application information below to prepare materials as required.


If you are ready to apply, click here.


Required application information

  • Current work situation (job title, short description of your current journalistic work and/or communication duties [max. 200 words])
  • Topics covered (the topics you most frequently cover [max. 200 words])
  • Years of experience as a journalist (0-5 years, 5-10 years, 10-15 years, 15-20 years or more)
  • Time spent on average per month for independent media (0-25%, 25-50%, 50-75% or over 75%)
  • Tell us why you wish to participate in this workshop? (What impact might it have on your future work as a journalist? [max. 200 words])
  • For which media outlets do you mainly publish your stories?(Radio, television, newspaper, magazine, blog or website)
  • Samples of your work (Provide us with a minimum of 3 samples of your work [Word, PDF, Video], provide a short summary in English if the document is in a different language. You may add links in a word document attached)
  • Samples of your work (You may add links for samples of your work. (Provide a short summary in English if the piece is in not in English)
  • What is your level of English? (Basic, low intermediate, advanced intermediate, high intermediate, proficient)
  • Attach a copy of your CV (upload a document PDF or image)