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What happens at the World Conference of Science Journalists?

Over the past two decades, the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) has mounted the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) every other year. The event has been held in cities across the globe, with the next edition arriving at Medellín, Colombia, in June 2022. Each of these gatherings lasts about a week and attracts hundreds of participants from the WFSJ membership, including some 10,000 science writers in 51 countries.

What do they do?

Like any assembly of professionals, attendees at WCSJ look forward to renewing acquaintances in person, catching up with friends and sharing the details of their most recent work. At the same time, this conference is an unrivalled showcase for science journalism’s state of the art. High-profile authors are on hand to talk about their books and answer questions about their methods and motivations. Researchers in cutting-edge areas of science, technology, and medicine are ready to interact with reporters who are eager to make even the most complex topics accessible to the widest possible audience. And the WFSJ highlights its own efforts to support and enhance science journalism through the 66 associations that make up the global membership.

What will take place at WCSJ2022 in Medellín?

This conference marks the first time the WCSJ has been held in the Global South, where a significant proportion of WFSJ members live and work. Many of the attendees are expected to come from Latin America, and much of the program content will deal with matters pertaining to science journalism in this region. More specifically, this content will deal with highly relevant topics such as these:

  1. SCIENCE IMMERSION: From the deepest trenches in our oceans, to the hottest archaeological and paleontological research in the region, the latest in seed science and technology, the connection between climate & health, and the world’s cool emerging space programs, these sessions will inspire, entertain and offer new source material.
  2. ON RESPONSIBLE REPORTING: Experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic: The always delicate task of informing audiences about their health, not just Covid19, but beyond it, and the huge responsibility we carry in order to do so, make health reporting –and caring for our own selves– an exceedingly complex endeavour. Here is what we have learned and how we should proceed.
  3. NEW FIELDS TO EXPLORE : In a post-pandemic and climate-challenged world, what can science journalists learn about the role we play in shaping the public understanding among diplomats, policymakers and scientists? Also, how can we benefit from the special knowledge and emerging tools created to buy the insurance and reinsurance sector?
  4. A VIEW TO –AND FROM– THE GLOBAL SOUTH: Having the WFSJ taking place in Colombia is a golden opportunity to open a window to Latin America, Brazil and the Global South. Amazing science discoveries and studies mix with the enormous journalistic, environmental and social challenges in the region. In the end, it takes an entire planet to tackle them.
  5. OUR CRAFT: TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Honing our ever-changing profession is a crucial survival skill, as we must adapt or perish. Creativity has, therefore, never been in higher demand. Where will our next jobs come from? How do we get better at what we do, and where do we go for help?

Why should you become part of WCSJ2022?

There is no other event like this. Journalism conferences seldom deal with science, and scientific conferences seldom deal with journalism. The WFSJ’s premier offering is a major global forum that combines these two important priorities in ways that are crucial to a broad public understanding and appreciation of science. The discussions that take place here examine the most fundamental features of the hopes, fears, and general fascination that we all have with the high-tech, scientifically driven world that governs our lives. If you want to be part of these discussions, go to the source, and in June 2022, that source will be WCSJ2022 in Medellín.

How can we bring value to your organization?

WCSJ 2022 offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities to companies joining our community:

  • First significant gathering since 2019
  • First ever hybrid experience
  • Conference life cycle extends beyond June 27 to July 1st
  • 10,000 global memberships including science journalists, broadcasters, writers, editors, and communicators working across all media platforms
  • Connect with 1,000+ science journalists
  • 66  writing bodies
  • 51 countries

Brand Awareness: We bring together 1,000+ participants from 5 continents, 70+ countries and 70+ international speakers. This is your opportunity to connect your brand with a global, diverse and elite community.

Lead Generation: You will be joined by hundreds of your global peers at the Congress. Many of the attendees have key roles in shaping the future of their organizations by selecting their best potential business partners. You might meet your next business partner right here at the WCSJ22 in Medellin!

Thought Leadership: Do you have the perfect 1st case study to share? A new product to launch? Perhaps you would like to position your company at the front and center of a key industry issue. Host one of our Breakkout/Breakfast sessions and  lead a discussion on a current topic that resonates with the attendees.

Relationship Management: You have secured your clients. Now it is time to nurture those relationships. WCSJ22 offers a great place to meet your clients and ensure they feel valued and engaged. By exhibiting with us you will have a base to meet them face to face and have a meaningful conversation.

Networking: With various dedicated tracks, including two major social events, we have something for everyone. Are you looking to recruit new talent? Want to compare notes with your peers and competitors? Join and meet the industry's most exciting and influential people.

Click HERE to read about the Sponsorship Guidelines WFSJ Events on Receiving Sponsorship from Corporations.

World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne Switzerland (WCSJ 2019) attracted over 1,000 participants drawn by a wide range of tours, seminars, lectures, and networking opportunities to expand their horizons in a lively, engaging setting. Download the WCSJ 2019 Final Report here.

For partnership opportunities, please contact:

Miquel Serrano Martin
Strategic Partnerships
Email: miquel.serranomartin@wearemci.com