UKRI-2019 Science Reporting Workshop

From 10-15 March 2019, the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) together with United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) are organizing a workshop on science reporting for African journalists. During the training workshop, the participants will review the fundamentals of science reporting and sharpen their journalism skills using new technologies,research through site visits and interviews with world-renowned experts from the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (in Harwell).  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. For more information click here

Registration open for World Conference of Science

Registration is open for the World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne, WCSJ 2019. The conference is expecting around 1000 participants. It is open not only to established science journalists, but also to students in journalism, especially science journalism, and to journalists of all disciplines for whom science is an increasingly important element of their reporting.

WCSJ2019 major sponsors:

The conference programme and a preliminary programme of field trips to scientific institutions in the region and further afield is available as of today: registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. WCSJ2019 is organised by the Science journalists’ associations of Switzerland, France and Italy under the umbrella of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).

WCSJ2019 prestigious academic partners are:

WCSJ2019 programme will include:

  • 7 pre-events and workshops
  • 4 plenaries
  • 6 keynotes
  • 50 parallel sessions, featuring about 220 speakers from the science journalism, science communication, science and technology, and science policy worlds

WCSJ2019 science journalists invited to talk are:

  • Alison Abott (Editor at Nature).
  • Ben Deighton (Managing editor,
  • Carl Zimmer (New York Times)
  • Ceclia Rosen (Freelance journalist, Mexico)
  • Christie Aschwanden (538),
  • Cynthia Graber (co-host, Gastropod podcast)
  • David Rotman (Editor at large, MIT Technology Review)
  • Deborah Blum (Director, MIT Knight Fellowship in Science Journalism and Pulitzer Prize winner)
  • Dominique Leglu (Director Sciences&Avenir and LaRecherche)
  • Elisabeth MacGowen (Inside Climate News, Pulitzer Prize winner)
  • Emily Wilson (Editor in chief, New Scientist)
  • Francesca Unsowrth (Head of news, BBC)
  • Harry Surjadi (Society of Indonesian Science Journalists)
  • Ivan Oransky (Founder, Retraction Watch)
  • Izumi Koyabashi (Manga artist)
  • Jeremy Merrill (ProPublica)
  • Jérôme Fenoglio (director, Le Monde)
  • Laura Helmuth (Washington Post)
  • Marc Walder (CEO, Ringier Group)
  • Martin Enserink (International news editor, Science)
  • Maryn McKenna (columnist, WIRED)
  • Mohammed Yahia (Editor, Nature Middle East and President, WFSJ)
  • Monika Bauerlein (CEO, Mother Jones)
  • Natasha Mitchell (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Nathalie Wappler, (Director SRF, Swiss public broadcaster)
  • Nina Fasciaux (European ambassador, Solution Journalism Network)
  • Pallab Ghosh (BBC)
  • Peter Aldhous (BuzzFeed)
  • Prasad Ravindranath (science editor, The Hindu Times)
  • Sharon Begley (STAT News)
  • Stéphane Foucart (Le Monde)
  • Uzodinma Iweala (CEO, Ventures Africa magazine Nigeria, and CEO, The Africa Center)
  • Victoria Jaggard (National Geographic Magazine)

WCSJ2019 scientist and science policy makers include:

  • Andrea Ammon (Director, ECDC)
  • Audrey Azoulay (DG, UNESCO)
  • Bernhardt Url (Executive director, European Food Safety Agency)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation)
  • Cedric Villani (Field Medalist, Member of the French Parliament)
  • Daniel Ropers (CEO, Springer Nature)
  • Earl Lane (Executive director, AAAS)
  • Fabiola Gianotti (DG, CERN)
  • Jean-Eric Paquet (DG for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation)
  • Jeffrey Bohn (Director, SwissRe Institute)
  • Kamila Markram (CEO, Frontiers)
  • Martin Vetterli (President, EPFL)
  • Miguel Castro (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • Naomi Oreskes (Professor of history of science, Harvard University)
  • Nigel Lockyer (Director, FermiLab)
  • Nouria Hernandez (Rector, University of Lausanne)
  • Richard Horton (Editor in chief, The Lancet)
  • Robert Watson (IPBES Chair)
  • Seema Kumar (VP Innovation, Global Health & Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson)
  • Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga (Switzerland’s vice-president, head of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications)

WCSJ2019 registration starts at:

Official press release (Washington DC, 16 February 2019)

WCSJ2019: Provisional Programme

FT: Field Trip  |  W: Workshop  |  P: Plenary session

K: Keynote session  |  L: Sponsored Luncheon  |  LL: Lunch@labs

June 26 to 30

  • FT1. White Nights, IT, photonic technologies and robotics in St. Petersburg
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Location: St. Petersburg, Russia


  • W1.  Jack F. Ealy Science Journalism Workshop, Latin American Edition,
    • Type: Pre-conference event
    • (open to all WCSJ2019 participants. NB: will be held in spanish)
  • W2. Atelier Francophonie
    • Type: Pre-conference event
    • (ouvert à tous les participants WCSJ2019)
  • W3. The science of learning and science journalism
    • Type: Pre-conference event
    • (Morning: for travel grantees only; Afternoon: open to 40 additional WCSJ2019 participants)
  • W4. Balkan Science Journalism workshop
    • Type: Pre-conference event
    • (open to all)
  • W5. How can we reach the audiences of the future that we reach today with science programs?
    • Type: Pre-conference event
    • (organized by the European Boradcasting Union; open only 14:00-17:00 to all participants)
  • W6a. FUSE Workshops 1: Augmented Reality
    • Type: Pre-conference event
    • (registration basis; participants have to apply with a motivation letter, not all will be accepted; 25 slots only)


  • FT31. Innovaud – From the Lab to International Heights
    • Type: Field Trip, Location: STCC
    • (Conference Venue)


  • W7. SNSF roundtable: The battle for open access
    • Type: Pre-conference event
    • (organized by the Swiss National Science Foundation; open to all)


  • P1. Opening ceremony and plenary session, Panel with 5 Editors-in-chief and CEO of leading media, on the place of science (journalism) in mainstream media, including :
    • Jérôme Fenoglio, Director Le Monde
    • Monika Bauerlein, CEO MotherJones
    • Nathalie Wappler, incomming director SRF Swiss Broadcasting Television
    • Francesca Unsworth, head of news at the BBC
    • Uzodinma Iweala, CEO of Ventures Africa Magazine

20:00 — Opening/Welcome cocktail

21:00-00:00 — Social Hub @HEMU, in downtown Lausanne

8:45 – 9:45

  • P2. Plenary session: The Moon and beyond: Where will we be in 50 years in space exploration?

9:00 -17:00

  • W6b. FUSE Workshops 2: Artificial Intelligence
    • Type: Pre-conference event

9:45 -10:10 — Coffee Break

10:10-11:20 — Parallel sessions:

  • A1. Reporting on scientific fraud around the world: a how-to
  • A2. Philanthropy – a savior for journalism… or a dead end?
  • A3. Deep-sea mining: the next natural resources frontiers
  • A4. The reality of Augmented Reality: How it can enhance science storytelling
  • A5. EU agencies – can we trust the experts?


  • M1. Press conference: European Union


  • L1. Luncheon Johnson&Johnson: Subject to be announced
  • L2. Luncheon DigitalSwitzerland: Switzerland, world hub for blockchain technologies and the role of the blockchain in journalism
  • LL1 to LL52. Lunch@Labs


  • FT11a. CERN: going underground, Type: Field Trip, Location: CERN, Geneva

14:00-15:10 — Parallel sessions:

  • B1. Trade Craft: Unpacking the Corporate Manipulation Toolbox
  • B2. We need to talk about CRISPR. («House of commons»-style debate)
  • B3. Women journalists unite! Fighting gender bias in newsrooms and reporting
  • B4. Covering meta-analysis and systematic reviews ­­– a crash course
  • B5. Writing and selling the 21st-century science book

15:10-15:40 — Coffee Break

15:40-16:50 — Parallel sessions:

  • C1. Nurturing emerging science journalists in the Global South
  • C2. Thinking outside of the press release: how to find story ideas in new, unusual and digital places
  • C3. New ways of doing journalism: innovative business models and how they work
  • C4. The Pitch-slam session
  • C5. Gene drives: what impacts on the biodiversity ?
  • C6. Fake-news in science: how to recognize and fight them
  • C7. Improvisation session 1


  • K1. Keynote: Uzodinma Iweala (CEO Ventures Africa Magazine Nigeria, CEO The Africa Center)
  • K2. Keynote: Jean-Eric Paquet (DG Research&Innovation at the EU)

19:00-21:30 — Welcome reception at Olympic Museum, Lausanne  (sponsored by Johnson&Johnson) and exhibition of start-ups active in the sports domain (in collaboration with SPOT, event by ThinkSports)

21:00-23:30 — ScienceImages @Musée de l’Elysée, by CinéGlobe (Open air cinema with science movies and documentaries)

21:00-00:00 — Social Hub @HEMU in downtown Lausanne

8:45 – 9:45

  • P3. Plenary session: Solution science journalism with Nina Fasciaux and Elisabeth McGowen

9:45-10:10 — Coffee Break

10:10-11:20 — Parallel sessions:

  • D1. TBD
  • D2. Seeking elusive truths: How to judge statistical results as a non-statistician
  • D3. Mental illness, science, and the global health agenda
  • D4. Four investigative reporters and their stories
  • D5. Where physics (still) doesn’t work: the global quest to solve the universe’s enduring mysteries


  • M2. Press conference: IBM
  • M3. Press conference: Bertarelli Foundation (ocean sciences)


  • L4. Luncheon ObsEva: The social impact of neglecting women’s health
  • L5. Luncheon SwissReInstitute: From algorithmic risk to behavioral analytics – how research helps build a more resilient world
  • L6. Luncheon Sicpa: The New Deal in the Digital Age: how the economy of trust will create security in an uncertain world
  • LL1 to LL52. Lunch@labs


  • FT11b. CERN: going underground, Type: Field Trip Location: CERN, Geneva

14:00-15:10 — Parallel sessions:

  • E1. Enemies of the people: journalism in the age of populists and strongmen
  • E2. Reporting on harassment in science; how to protect yourself and your sources
  • E3. Covering biodiversity
  • E4. Public information officers and journalists: can they get along and work together?
  • E5. So you want to make a podcast? Here’s where to start

15:10-15:40 — Coffee Break

15:40-16:50 — Parallel sessions:

  • F1. Know thy audience
  • F2. Artificial intelligence
  • F3. Let’s Manga! Science told through comics
  • F4. Trade Craft: Investigative Tools for Science Journalists
  • F5. Too close for comfort? Embedded science journalism in extreme environments
  • F6. Improvisation session 2
  • F7. Endocrine disruptors: a challenge for health


  • K3. Keynote: Which futur for science magazines in the new media landscape? With Emily Wilson and Dominique Leglu
  • K4. Keynote: To be announced

18:00-20:00 — Tech&Innovation Cocktail Offered by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL, in honor of its 50’s birthday


  • X1. Evening session: Embedded science journalism in extreme environments
  • X2. Evening session: The listening lab: a science podcast soiree
  • X3. Evening session: Science writer for hire: an editor-freelancer meet-and-greet

21:00-00:00 — Social Hub @HEMU in downtown Lausanne

8:45 – 9:45

  • P4. Plenary session: Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University)

9:45-10:10 — Coffee Break

10:10-11:20 — Parallel sessions:

  • G1.  Struggle with politics: how to jump into the world of politics as scientist
  • G2.  In fighting climate change, adaptation gains respect
  • G3.  Freelancing from the Global South
  • G4.  Techno-hype? Evaluating fixes for big problems
  • G5.  Making data visible: enabling writers (and readers!) with effective infographics
  • G6.  Improvisation session 3


  • M4. Press conference: GLACE (Circumnavigation Greenland project)
  • M5. Press conference: Human Frontiers Science Program; Nakasone Award announcement


  • L7. Luncheon BNP-Paribas Foundation: Climate stories
  • L8. Luncheon Sabri Uelker foundation: Communicating about nutrition science: best practices and food for thought
  • LL1 to LL52 Lunch@labs


  • FT11c. CERN: going underground, Type: Field Trip Location: CERN, Geneva

14:00-15:10 — Parallel sessions:

  • H1. Preprint publishing: a new dawn of transparency or a long dark night of misinformation?
  • H2. Writing for religious audiences
  • H3. Data Security: How to protect yourself, your sources, and your stories
  • H4. The LGBTQ meetup
  • H5. An indigenous perspective on science
  • H6. SPECIAL SESSION: EU tools for science journalists

15:10-15:30 — Coffee Break

15:35-16:35 — Parallel sessions:

  • J1. Understanding Randomised Controlled Trials in Health and Policy Innovation
  • J2. Citizen sensors: How to track the quality of air, food, water, and medicine in your community
  • J3. The confession session!
  • J4. Improvisation session debrief


  • K5. Keynote: To be announced

17:40-18:00 — Closing address and closing ceremony

19:00-23:00 — Farewell evening in Lavaux

  • FT2. Meet the research center shaping the future society in the ancient city of Genova
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time:14:00 (4 july) to 18:00 (5 july)
    • Location: Genova, Italy

  • FT6. ITER: Here comes the (artificial) Sun!
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Date: 4 to 5 July
    • Time: 18:30 (4 July) to 18:00 (5 July)
    • Location: Cadarache, France

  • FT8. In the footsteps of space adventurers at the European Space Missions
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Date: 4 to 5 July
    • Location: Cologne, Germany


  • FT3. From “Dieselgate” to terrorist attacks: the lab tackling Europe’s policy challenges
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Date: 5 to 6 July
    • Location: Ispra, Italy

  • FT4. Where Science meets Art
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Date: 5 to 6 July
    • Location: Paris, France​

  • FT5. Icy memories and an ultra-intense X-ray source in the heart of the French Alps
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 7:00 to 20:30 (tbc)
    • Location: Grenoble, France​

  • FT7. Lyon – city of innovation and invention
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 8:00 to 20:00 (tbc)
    • Location: Lyon, France​

  • FT10. The lab and the vineyard: the past and future of Swiss wine making
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 10:00 to 14:30
    • Location: Agroscope Pully & Lavaux (Domaine Croix Duplex)

  • FT11d. CERN: going underground
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 11:30 to 16:45
    • Location: CERN, Geneva

  • FT12. To the edge of space onboard a solar-powered plane
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 8:00 to 16:30
    • Location: CSEM, SolarStratos, Neuchâtel

  • FT13. Finding Einstein in Bern – relatively speaking
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 8:00 to 17:30 (tbc)
    • Location: Bern

  • FT14. A journey into the heart of neurosciences. From fundamental research to effective applications
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 7:45 to 19:30
    • Location: Geneva

  • FT15. Exoplanets, black holes and gamma rays in the sky above Geneva
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 8:00 to 20:30
    • Location: Geneva

  • FT16. Happy Birthday WWW: BIG data, BIG opportunities and challenges
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 8:00 to 20:30
    • Location: CERN, Geneva

  • FT17. How radioisotopes travel from CERN to hospital patients
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 8:00 to 20:30
    • Location: CERN, Geneva

  • FT18. Tall and bold – a visit to the Grande Dixence, the highest gravity dam in the world
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 8:30 to 18:00
    • Location: Grande Dixence​

  • FT19. Predicting the Future by Inventing It: From AI to Quantum Bits at IBM Research
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 7:00 to 18:00
    • Location: IBM, Zürich

  • FT20. Jungfraujoch: Insights Out of Thin Air
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 7:00 to 20:00
    • Location: Jungfraujoch​

  • FT21. Zurich – From Einstein to the Digital Future
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 8:20 to 19:40
    • Location: Zurich

  • FT22. Life Science Cluster Basel: At the forefront of stem-cell, neuroscience, cancer and malaria research
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 7:30 to 17:00
    • Location: Basel

  • FT23. Time, Switzerland’s iconic resource
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 7:00 to 19:45
    • Location: Neuchâtel

  • FT24. The Swiss X-Ray free-electron laser SwissFEL: One of only five worldwide. Discover its power
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 9:00 to 19:15
    • Location: Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, Villigen

  • FT25. Lausanne, city of water
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 9:00 to 12:30
    • Location: Lausanne

  • FT27. Geneva’s pivotal role in the response to viral disease outbreaks
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Time: 8:00 to 20:30
    • Location: Geneva

  • FT28. Energy autark extreme-altitude architecture with a view of the Matterhorn and the stars
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Date: 5 to 7 July
    • Time: 8:00 (5 July) to 18:00 (7 July)
    • Location: Zermatt


  • Geneva Cocktail at Campus Biotech

(for all WCSJ2019 participants, especially for Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon FT participants, as well as all participants leaving Geneva by plane on July 6 and planning to spend the night in Geneva)

  • FT9.  SESAME: A light source for the Middle East
    • Type: Field Trip
    • Date: 6 to 11 July
    • Location: Allan, Jordan

  • FT33. A museum that will leave you in stitches
    • Type: Touristic Trip
    • Time: 9:00 to 12:30
    • Location: Chaplin’s World

  • FT34. Byron was here
    • Type: Touristic Trip
    • Time: 9:00 to 12:30
    • Location: Château de Chillon

  • FT35. Steep learning curve – a walking tour of Lausanne
    • Type: Touristic Trip
    • Time: 9:00 to 12:00
    • Location: Lausanne

  • FT36. Where Gruyère cheese comes from
    • Type: Touristic Trip
    • Time: 9:00 to 16:00
    • Location: Gruyère

  • FT37. Suspended between two peaks
    • Type: Touristic Trip
    • Time: 9:00 to 17:00
    • Location: Glacier 3000

WCSJ2019 official provisional programme

INTERVIEW: “It’s time a science journalism conference came to Africa”

By Adam Alqali

Christophe Bourillon, was at the South Africa Science Forum 2018 in Pretoria, he is the executive director of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) and his goal is to focus on promoting science journalism; including the role of science journalists as key development players in civil society and democracy worldwide.


African Newspage (AN): You have been the WFSJ’s executive director for some months now. How has the journey been so far?

It has been fantastic; there is a lot of challenges, however. I like the science journalism community, it is diverse, and full of interesting individuals. Science journalists can tell great stories, they are very good at reporting what other people do, but they are not good at telling the world about the importance of their job. So, this is the main goal of the Federation: to raise the profile of science journalists across the world.

For instance, science journalists are doing a very important job in developing economies where policymakers need to make important choices and the choices they make now will have an impact in the future. As a result, they need to make the best decisions and a lot of the decisions are science-based. Therefore, science journalists play a very important role in providing credible information and reporting the facts so that decision makers can make informed decisions.

As an international organization that was set up in 2002, the Federation is fairly new. Up until now, what we have been doing is mainly targeted at the science journalism community: organizing training workshops and producing toolkits to help science journalists to grow and develop their skills. Now, we are going to do more outreach – engage with the public as well as policy makers – to inform them about the role of science journalists in society. There is a lot of science articles being written but there is less science journalists in the world. Our job, therefore, is to help create the enabling economic conditions for science journalists to flourish and develop, as well as get more job opportunities for them.

AN: Science journalism acts as the bridge between science and the public as well as between science and policymaking; how important is the role of science journalism in advancing Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) in Africa?

Africa is very important for us. When I came to this position a few months ago, the first thing I did was to talk to as many members around the world as possible. I spoke to several member associations from Africa including Ghana, Egypt, and Kenya. I met many science journalists and I was amazed at how vibrant, enthusiastic and dynamic the African science journalists community had been. In addition, I found that a lot of science journalists in Africa were working in fairly difficult conditions and they manage to produce high quality science stories. So, they’re doing a great job and since then I felt I needed to visit Africa as soon as possible to meet science journalists.

Every two years, we organize the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ), in 2019 it is going to be in Lausanne, Switzerland and two years ago it was in San Francisco, USA. I feel it is time for the conference to come to Africa. I don’t have a say, as to where the conference will be the next time, but this is one of the things the Federation must do – ensure the conference comes to Africa one day.

We are a Federation of 59 member associations and through the member associations, we have about 10 000 science journalists worldwide. We will be looking at the membership model we have. I feel we should have a place for news media organizations, not as decision makers, they need to be part of the Federation because they’re important stakeholders – organizations for whom science journalists work. This will help African science journalists by creating more job opportunities for them.

This article is culled from African Newspage – a digital newspaper for development reporting. View the rest of the original piece on their website.

European Science Journalist of the Year award is open for entry until 27 February 2019

Science journalists from any European country and working in any medium (print, online, broadcast) can now enter the most prestigious award for science journalism in Europe. The European Science Journalist of the Year award is run by journalists, for journalists, and as such, it is a recognition of great work by your peers. The prize is £1,000.

Some of the winners:

  • Eva Wolfangel, a freelance science journalist from Germany whose work featured in Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, and in Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Hester van Santen, science journalist NRC media in the Netherlands
  • Michele Catanzaro, an investigative freelance science journalist from Spain
  • Tanja Rudež, staff reporter at Jutarnji List in Croatia

Special mentions:

  • Tina Popović and Ivan Čađenović, both reporters at Vijesti in Montenegro
  • Jop De Vrieze, freelance journalist from the Netherlands
  • Ewen Callaway, staff reporter at Nature in the UK
  • Stéphane Foucart, a journalist at Le Monde, in France

List of all the previous winners

Rules and background

  • The Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) is coordinating this award for the fifth year. The award is intended to celebrate the work of a journalist who promotes excellence and creativity in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) journalism. They will be recognised for entertaining and informing audiences, for inspiring new generations of journalists and writers, and for innovation in their main area of expertise.
  • The award is open to journalists working in print, online, broadcast or multimedia but not books.  If work is not originally published in English, an English translation of the work should be submitted alongside the original language article (translation of script if broadcast).
  • Entry is now open to individual journalists throughout Europe as well as to European journalism or writing associations who can also put forward nominations for the Award. Nominees from national associations alongside any individual entries will be judged by a specially appointed European judging panel.
  • A key requirement is that supporting work should have been published/first broadcast in the entry year which runs 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018.
  • The winner of the European Science Journalist of the Year award will receive a cash prize of £1,000. This initiative has been made possible by support from Johnson & Johnson Innovation.
  • The winners of the 2019 award will be announced at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne, Switzerland in July.

Online entry forms for:

Workshop on Public Awareness of Research Infrastructure (PARI) III

Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures III: Communicating the importance of science to society

Scope of the workshop:

Science is exciting, enlightening, complex, fundamental, precise, logical, and creative, all at the same time. However, for the public to get in touch with it and understand why it encompasses all these concepts, efforts need to be made to bridge science and society. With this aim, communication teams at research infrastructures work with a range of methods and channels. They make complex information more tangible and disseminate it as broadly as possible so that the public can understand and be engaged. This workshop aims to be a hands-on forum for communications, public relations and engagement. The goal is that participants return home with new ideas for their work, by learning how and with which means other research institutions are communicating the importance of science and of research infrastructures to society.



Key dates:

  • 15 February 2019 — Early bird registration deadline
  • 31 March 2019 — Registration deadline
  • 8-10 April 2019 — Conference takes place

More information:

The programme of the 7th annual meeting of the Science Writers in Italy (SWIM) has been announced

The meeting will be hosted at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine, in Pozzuoli (Naples).

  • On Friday, March 15, at the Observatory of Capodimonte, a course on different styles and “paradigms” in science communication
  • On Saturday, March 16, among the topics that will be discussed:
    • The proposal of approving national guidelines on research integrity (Gaetano Manfredi and Cinzia Caporale);
    • The effects of the new legislation restricting the use of animals in specific areas of medical research (Giuliano Grignaschi and Francesca Pasinelli);
    • The European Science-Media Hub newly launched by the European Parliament (Silvia Polidori);
    • How to work together with professional organisations to improve the quality of science information and a public debate on science and technology-related topics;
    • Constructive journalism and climate change.
  • On Sunday 17. The delegates will enjoy a visit to the nearby archeological area of Cuma.

For more details click here.

Happy new year from the WFSJ office team

Today being 31st January, it is the last opportunity for the WFSJ team to wish you all a happy new year. The WFSJ office is only staffed with 3 highly dedicated individuals and we are each running many different activities, to such an extend that we did not see January go by!
Anne-Marie, François and Christophe wish you a happy and fruitful new year, and we are looking forward to working and engaging with you in 2019.
  • Anne-Marie Legault: Programme Director, trouble shooter and passionate activist for the science journalist community
  • François Cartier: Community manager, social media guru and researcher extraordinaire
  • Christophe Bourillon: Executive Director, mediator and ambassador. Responsible for everything we do.

The ABSW has renamed its investigative journalism prize the Steve Connor Award

The Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) Award, one of the prestigious prizes in science journalism, has been renamed the Steve Connor Award for Investigative Journalism. He has received the ABSW Award seven times during his career before he died of cancer in 2017 at the age of 62. He worked for the Independent, i paper, New Scientist, Daily Telegraph, Times and Sunday Times. His stories often made the front pages of the UK newspapers. In December 2017, for his world exclusive report on gene editing, he was posthumously awarded the Science and Health prize at the British Journalism Awards. The ABSW Awards are now open for entries for 2019, there are a number of prizes this year for science and technology, including best innovation and best local and regional press, for which winners receive £1,000.

100 science journalists awarded travel fellowships to attend WCSJ2019 in Lausanne

Lausanne, 31 January 2019. Organizers of the 11th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2019) announced that 100 travel fellowships have been awarded to science journalists from 53 countries. The biennial World Conference of Science Journalists, will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 1-5 July 2019.

The WCSJ2019 Fellowships Committee screened 646 applications for general Fellowships, submitted from 114 nations.

« With nearly every region of the world represented…

we are very excited to help make this conference truly global. »

— Chair Jean-Marc Fleury

The Fellowship grants enable science journalists who otherwise could not attend to join the conference by supporting travel to Lausanne, accommodation, and conference registration as well as workshop attendance for selected Fellows. WCSJ2019 awarded a total of about CHF 350’000 in fellowships.

« Attendance at WCS2019 can be a transformational experience…

and we are very grateful to our generous sponsors for enabling the Fellowship programme. »

— Conference Chair Olivier Dessibourg

Sponsors of the fellowship programme are the Fundación Ealy Ortiz/Inquire First, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, EurekAlert!, the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW), the Jacobs Foundation, BPN Paribas Foundation, CNRS France and IRD France, the EU Joint Research Centre and the Mercator Foundation. Liaison with the sponsors was undertaken by the Swiss Association of Science Journalism (SASJ) and the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).

« Selection was not an easy task… the quality of the applications was very high. »

— Chiara Palmerini

Professional Fellows include science journalists, writers and editors, from print, broadcast, radio, online and other media. Serving with Fleury on the selection committee for Professional Fellowships were volunteers from around the globe: Wolfgang Goede, Chiara Palmerini, Pascal Fleury, Alexandra von Ascheraden, Federico Kukso, Ochieng Ogodo, Mohammed Yahia, Victoire Nsonde, Shigeyuki Koide, Harry Surjadi, Fabio Turone, Mićo Tatalović and Subhra Priyadarshini.

« The whole conference committee joins me in congratulating the Fellows,

and thanking the sponsors and volunteers who made this possible. »

— Conference Chair Olivier Dessibourg

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List of the individuals awarded travel fellowships:

First Name Last Name Country of citizenship Affiliation
1 Abdulrahman Abotaleb Yemen Yemen News Agency (SABA)
2 Virgile Ahissou Benin Freelance
3 Martin Angler Italy Freelance
4 Makamte Ariane Cameroon Echos Santé
5 Kossi Elom Balao Togo Freelance
6 Florencia Ballarino Argentina PERFIL Newspaper
7 Tosca Ballerini Italy Freelance
8 Lise Barnéoud France Freelance
9 Muharem Bazdulj Bosnia & Herzegovina Freelance
10 Billy Beaton USA Sandbagger News
11 Leonora Berbatovci Kosovo Radio Television of Kosovo
12 André Biernath Brazil Saúde Magazine, Editora Abril
13 Maria Bolevich Montenegro Freelance
14 Irene Caselli Italy Freelance
15 Michele Catanzaro Italy Freelance
16 Karla Chinchilla El Salvador Scientia News
17 Julien Chongwang Cameroon SciDev.Net
18 Adam Cohen USA Freelancer Smithsonian Magazine
19 Nataliya Demina Russia Troitsky Variant – Science
20 Daniel Duarte Paraguay Ciencia del Sur
21 Nadine El Sayed Egypt Nature Springer
22 Kat Eschner Canada Freelance
23 Lesley Evans Ogden Canada Freelance
24 Rasha Faek Syria Al-Fanar Media
25 Dilip Fernando Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Scientist Magazine
26 Sophie Fessl Austria Freelance
27 Djamessi Fo-koffi Togo Freelance
28 Barbara Fraser USA Freelance
29 Sahana Ghosh India Mongabay-India
30 Geoffrey Giller USA Freelance
31 Barbara Gineau Delyon France Freelance
32 Nevena Grubac Serbia Kosmodrom
33 Akaki Gvimradze Georgia “Resonance” daily newspaper
34 Kelsey Harper USA Sandbagger News
35 Sandra Hausman USA Virginia Public Radio / WVTF and RadioIQ
36 Isaac Houngnigbe Benin Radio Univers
37 Oleksandra Horchynska Ukraine “Novoye Vremya” Magazine
38 Guylain Imbula Democratic Republic of Congo « Tempête des tropiques » and  « The post news »
39 Aisling Irwin Britain / Ireland Freelance
40 Jelena Jevtić Bosnia & Herzegovina Center for Investigative Reporting Sarajevo
41 Natalija Jovanovic Serbia BIRN Serbia
42 Erion Kaçorri Albania News 24 Television
43 Patrick Kahondwa Democratic Republic of Congo Radio universitaire ISDR de Bukavu
44 Jelena Kalinic Bosnia & Herzegovina Voice of America Bosnia, Quantum of Science
45 Chhatra Karki Nepal Nagarik National Daily
46 Davit Kekenadze Georgia Science Journalist at
47 Anthony King Ireland Freelance
48 Francis Kokutse Ghana
49 Anja Krieger Germany Freelance
50 Ngoh Kum Peter Cameroon Cameroon info
51 Sisira Kumara Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan Scientist Magazine
52 Robert Lea United Kingdom Freelance/ Scisco Media/ Probeta/ Predict
53 Goran Lefkov Macedonia Center for investigative Journalism Scoop
54 Margaret López García Venezuela HispanoPost Media Group
55 Munyaradzi Makoni Zimbabwe Freelance
56 Traoré Mamadou Ivory Coast Agence Ivoirienne de Presse
57 Raihana Maqbool India Global Press Journal
58 Marine Martirosyan Armenia “Hetq” website, ‘Investigative journalists’ NGO
59 Danie Meza Mosqueira Peru N+1 (
60 Sofia Moutinho Brazil Onco& Magazine
61 Andjela Mrdja Serbia Center for the promotion of science
62 Sammy Mupfuni Democratic Republic of Congo Freelance journalist
63 Sonia Narang USA Freelance, Contributor to Public Radio International
64 Sarah Neubauer Slovenia RTV Slovenia
65 Xhelal Neziri Macedonia Balkan Institute for Regional Cooperation (BIRC)
66 Paul Nicolaus USA Freelance
67 Marielba Nunez Venezuela El Nacional / Scidev.Net
68 Daniel Nzohabonimana Rwanda Freelance
69 Cathleen O’Grady South Africa Freelance
70 Josephine Okojie Nigeria BusinessDay Newspapers
71 Alejandra Olguin Chile La Tercera
72 Rosalia Omungo Kenya Freelance
73 Chika Onyesi Nigeria Freelance
74 Ozge Ozkaya Turkey BioNews Services
75 Fatma Öztürk Turkey Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)
76 Nicolai Paholinitchi Moldova
77 Ankur Paliwal India Freelance
78 Jane Palmer United Kingdom Freelance
79 Lois Parshley USA Freelance
80 Zoraida Portillo Peru SciDev.Net
81 Kendall Powell USA Freelance
82 Judith Pyke Canada Freelance/Independent
83 Altin Raxhimi Albania Freelance
84 Efraín Rincón Colombia Freelance
85 Irene Rodríguez Costa Rica La Nación
86 Veronica Romwald Tanzania New Habari (2006) LTD
87 Gulsen Saray Turkey Freelance
88 Elna Schutz South Africa, Germany Wits Radio Academy
89 Disha Shetty India Freelance
90 Vedrana Simicevic Croatia Editor and journalist at Novi list/Freelance
91 Michelle Soto Costa Rica Freelance
92 Lakshmi Supriya India Freelance
93 Mekonnen Teshome Ethiopia Freelance
94 Aimable Twahirwa Rwanda Freelance
95 Tejonmayam Udayasankar India Times of India (Times Group)
96 Tania Valbuena Colombia NPLUS1 INC.
97 Monserrath Vargas Costa Rica La Nacion Newspaper
98 John Wendle USA Freelance
99 Rebekah White New Zealand New Zealand Geographic magazine
100 Carolyn Wilke USA Freelance