World Conference of Science Journalists

The World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) is one of the main activities of the World Federation of Science Journalists. It is the biggest, biannual global event on science journalism and a gathering of approximately 1,200+ journalists covering science and medical issues, as well as international experts, scientists, communicators, etc. The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) in San Francisco (26-30 October 2017) was attended by plus 1,360 attendees from more than 70 countries. 

The WCSJ consists of a wide variety of programs that aim to expand the horizons of participants from different backgrounds through lively discussions and workshops.

All Member Associations can bid to organize a World Conference. Though it is extremely challenging to host the World Conference of Science Journalists, it is also extremely rewarding and a unique opportunity for a local association to raise its profile, recruit members, energize its directors and members.


Interested in organizing a World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ)? Take a detailed look at the conference WCSJ manual, as well as the MOU examples.

The WCSJ conference manual can be found here.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between our two U.S. partners organizing WCSJ2017 and the WFSJ can be found here. Its content serves as an example. An MOU is the result of a discussion between the organization that will host the World Conference of Science Journalists and the WFSJ.

Do not hesitate to contact the WFSJ if you have any further questions regarding the bidding process. 


Reports and budgets from previous conferences:

  • WCSJ2017 San Francisco Conference Report
  • WCSJ2015 Seoul Final Conference Report
  • WCSJ2013 Helsinki Final Conference Report

Examples of bids for previous conferences:

  • See the Alpine bid document for WCSJ2019 here
  • See two bid documents for WCSJ2017 here
  • See three bid documents for the WCSJ2015 here
  • See three bid documents for the WCSJ2013 here

Examples of printed materials from previous conferences: 

See documents like the Programme Handbook and Quick Programme for previous conferences on the WCSJ2013 website. Other examples are the sponsor dossiers for WCSJ2015 and WCSJ2017.