News from our member associations around the world

It’s the award season at the National Association of Science Writers with:

  • The 2019 Science in Society Journalism Award. Seven categories including Science Reporting, Science Features and Science reporting for Local or Regional Market (the cash prize is $2,000 for each category and the deadline is February 1, 2019)
  • The 2019 Excellence in Institutional Writing Award. The two categories are the short and the long form (the cash prize is $2,000 for each category and the deadline is February 1, 2019)


Field trips of the World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne 1-5 July 2019

On Friday 5th July 2019, the last day of the World Conference of Science Journalists WCSJ2019, after four days of presentations, workshops and discussions at the SwissTech Convention Center, the participants will be invited to experience research where it happens in the mountains, in laboratories, in research stations and in research centres.

An exclusive program of 30 scientific and three touristic field trips has been elaborated for the visitors. Each program will be a unique opportunity to visit research institutions from the inside, to talk to leading scientists and to experience research up close. The participants will be able to choose between one-day field trips to Swiss research institutions or multi-day field trips to France, Italy or Russia. Here is a few examples:

  • Visit the particle accelerator at CERN
  • Follow in Einstein’s footsteps in Bern
  • Visit the SESAME, the synchrotron light source in Allan, Jordan

Speakers at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne 1-5 July 2019

The World Conference of Science Journalists or WCSJ2019 program committee has announced the following speakers:

  • Uzodinma Iweala, CEO of The Africa Center in New York and CEO of Ventures Africa Magazine in Nigeria. He is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and a medical doctor.
  • Jean-Eric Paquet, director general Research and Innovation at the European Commission
  • Andreas Kortenkamp, professor of toxicology at Brunel University London and a worldwide expert on endocrine disruptors.

The opening session with veteran journalists, leading decision makers and high-calibre academics includes:

  • Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
  • Nathalie Wappler, the new Director of the Swiss broadcaster SRF
  • Monika Bauerlein, CEO of MotherJones in the USA
  • Marc Walder, CEO of the Ringier media group

They will be welcomed by Martin Vetterli, President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and Nouria Hernandez, rector of the University of Lausanne.

UKRI-2019 Science Reporting Workshop

The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) together with United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) are organizing a workshop on science reporting for journalists from the African continent in Harwell (UK) from 10-15 March 2019. The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Further develop journalists’ skills in science reporting
  • Build/strengthen a professional network of journalists in Africa

During the training workshop, the participants will review the fundamentals of science reporting and sharpen their journalism skills using new technologies, interviews with world-renowned experts from the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and research through site visits. The WFSJ received 147 applications from 23 African countries and we only selected 20 participants. Selection criteria were:

  • Application quality
  • Geographical diversity
  • Multiple media outlet representation
  • Gender balance
  • Freelancer and employee balance

All participants will be fully engaged and will actively participate in learning activities onsite, as well as share their experience of covering science with other participants during the workshop. The workshop is a springboard for publishing science stories based on their exposure to top scientists and new ways of telling stories and we trust that they will share their experience with their colleagues back in their home countries.