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.

Objectives and Themes

The aim of the training workshop is to provide factual information on the state of immunization and to increase journalism skills for accurate immunization science coverage in Europe.

Training will cover many vaccination-related topics relevant to the European context such as basic vaccination science, the economy of vaccination, the science behind immunization strategies, vaccine hesitancy and social media polarization.

Extended Deadline for the 
European Immunization Training Workshop

Application Form

Leaders of the workshop are Daniela Ovadia (science journalist, neuroscientist and neuroethicist, CESJ, Agenzia Zoe, Neuroscience and Society Lab at the University of Pavia) and Alexandra Borissova (science reporter, senior lecturer at the Center for Science Communication – ITMO University and visiting researcher at Rhine-Waal University)

Training workshop program

  • Fabiana Zollo (Ca’ Foscari University, International Center for the Humanities and Social Change) on the Use of social media and polarization.
  • Emilie Karafillakis (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) on the role of culture and values in the anti-vax movement.
  • WHO experts, Dr Martin Howell Friede and Dr. Raymond Hutubessy, on the economy of vaccination, the future of the immunization, research and new vaccines.
  • More speakers to be confirmed

Eligibility: The primary focus is on European junior science journalists or general beat journalists, occasionally covering science topics. 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. English proficiency is required.

Details: Up to 20 participants from Europe will be selected for attending the workshop. Travel expenses, accommodation and workshop materials will be paid for.

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