Apply for an international travel fellowship and attend #WCSJ2019 in Lausanne

WCSJ2019 and the WFSJ are delighted to offer International Travel Fellowships for professional and student attendees from all around the world. These fellowships are intended to enable those who otherwise could not attend to join us at the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) in Lausanne, Switzerland (1-5 July 2019).

Eligibility: Anyone who actively writes, edits or produces science news, information or commentary for the independent media, is working as a staff employee or a freelance journalist, or is a member of a WFSJ Member Association, and who normally would be unable to attend the Conference without financial assistance.

The fellowship will cover the following:

  • air travel (economy airfare will be booked and purchased by WCSJ2019)
  • local transportation to and from the airport
  • visa fee
  • accommodation on site (Booked by WCSJ2019. Could be up to 5 nights or even 6 nights if you agree to share a room with another grantee)
  • registration fee for the WCSJ2019
  • if needed, small per diem covering some meals not provided by the conference and some small expenses

Details: The strength of our World Conference of Science Journalists is to enrich science and technology coverage and to bring journalists, writers, and communicators together from all corners of the globe.

The goal of WCSJ2019 Travel Fellowship program is to assist as many attendees as possible and to support the international diversity of the conference by enabling representation from all regions.

In addition to the “conference only” fellowships, some participants will be awarded fellowships that guarantee seats in pre-conference workshops as well as substantial travel funding. Fellowship applicants can register their interest for these workshops directly in the application form the latest by Thursday 15 November at 12 noon Eastern Time. If granted with such a fellowship, the grantees will have to attend the workshop fully. Details of these and any additional pre-conference workshops may be announced later. Workshops will require participants to arrive on Sunday 30 June 2019.

Successful applications will make a clear and convincing case for how attending WCSJ2019 will benefit the applicant. Special consideration will be given to applications submitted from developing countries or regions historically underrepresented at World Conferences.

Applicants will be asked to upload a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest as well as provide the name of a referee whom you will ask to send you a recommendation letter. Before applying, we recommend that future applicants first read through the application information to prepare materials as requested. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The best of luck to you!

Anne-Marie Leagult
Project Manager Fellowship Selection Committee


APPLY HERE


Struggle with Politics. First stories from our 6 science journalists are in.

Read the first stories online of the 6 science journalists that are reporting on the “Struggle with Politics” in Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Germany/Turkey, Indonesia, and Spain.

This long-term project gives 6 science journalists from 6 nations the possibility to follow 6 politically active scientists. The journalists are on a political journey, reporting on the successes and failures of each scientist-activist as they work to educate lawmakers and promote science in political discourse.

This project takes place within the framework of our World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2019) in Lausanne  (1-5 July 2019) and hopes to change the actual underreporting on science policy. More information here.

View the Science Talks on understanding HIV/AIDS online

View or review our 3rd Science Talks on Understanding HIV/AIDS for accurate news reporting on Tuesday 25 September 2018. Our hosts for this webinar organized with Wiley Publishers were Dr. Kenneth Mayer and Dr. Annette Sohn from the International AIDS Society.

Media who view/review this webinar will learn more about:

• A brief history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
• What regions are most affected by HIV/AIDS, areas with an uptick in reported cases and the reasons for regional disparities
• How countries respond to the epidemic and the most effective tactics being used in the fight against HIV and AIDS
• Why the current approach to confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic is drawing criticism; who are those critics and what is their impact on prevention and treatment options
• What treatments are available now and in the future
• Which sources of information are most reliable for journalists reporting on HIV and AIDS


Looking back on the 2018 Kavli Prize Week in Oslo. Our fellows share their impressions.

The successful 2018 Kavli Prize Week in Oslo (1-6 September) was a unique occasion for our five fellows, all science journalists, to attend the multiple events across the city honouring the seven laureates and recognizing them for their seminal advances in the research areas of astrophysics [the origin, structure, and composition of the cosmos], nanoscience [science at the atomic scale], and neuroscience [science of the brain].

What definitely made a big impression on our fellows were the casual and straightforward meetings with the seven laureates. In this post, each of the fellows shares some highlights that had a significant impact on them as a person and on their careers as science journalists. In the following weeks, we will also publish on this blog some of the fellows’ articles based on their Kavli Prize Week experiences and exchanges. READ MORE

Christophe Bourillon named new executive director of the WFSJ


MONTREAL 13 SEPTEMBER – The Board of Directors of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is pleased to announce that Mr. Christophe Bourillon has been appointed as new Executive Director (ED).

Bourillon comes with 25 years of solid experience in senior management and communication at the national and international levels. He founded and led various industry associations, such as the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). He drove other organizations through major transformations, such as the Uranium Institute, the European Biofuels Association, and the European Robotics Association.READ MORE

Kavli Prize Week 2018 – Follow the events via our Twitter account

Saturday, September 1st will be kick-off day for The Kavli Prize Week in Oslo, Norway (1-6 September).

Follow the six-day events via the WFSJ’s Twitter account: @WFSJ  – Hashtag: #KAVLIPRIZE


This years Kavli Prize Fellows, five science journalists from Colombia, China, Mexico, Australia/Japan and South Africa, will be participating in the award ceremony and the exciting six-day program. Some of the fellows will be taking over our Twitter account and will tweet live from the events.

The profiles of the five science journalists that will attend can be consulted here. Shorty after the Kavli Prize Week we will post on the WFSJ blog some of the journalists’ lived experiences.


Also follow the events through the Kavli Prize’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.


ABOUT KAVLI PRIZE WEEK  

The Kavli Prize Week 2018 is a high-profile event honoring and recognizing this year’s laureates/scientists for their seminal advances in the research areas of Astrophysics: the origin, structure, and composition of the cosmos, Nanoscience: science at the atomic scale, and Neuroscience: science of the human brain. Discover the 2018 Kavli Prize Week’s program here.



Croatian science journalist sued for revealing alternative medicine ‘bioenergy’ healer

Alternative medicine and pseudoscience have found a footing in Croatian society, so much so that they are reported as facts on public TV stations (HRT) in shows such as At the Edge of Science (Na Rubu Znanosti) and even the Alphabet of Health (Abeceda Zdravlja), which recently aired a programme about cancer focused on dubious assertions made by a bioenergy healer.READ MORE