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Proposal Submission: CLOSED


*The proposal submission for WCSJ 2022 is noW closed. If you have any questions, please contact us at*

The World Federation of Science Journalists is pleased to invite you to offer your ideas for our upcoming international conference, which has adopted the theme “Science Journalists Reboot”. For everyone at the WFSJ, this concept can mean many different things but, ultimately, we are talking about rebuilding, recovery, and renewal after a global pandemic that has had an unprecedented impact on our work and our lives.

Surprisingly, that impact was not entirely negative, as we discovered the remarkable capabilities of communications tools that were pushed to new limits to keep isolated individuals and organizations in touch with one another. As we revised the planning for this conference, we realized the valuable contribution such innovations could make to this event. We have therefore created a virtual event to accompany our traditional conference format, a strategy we hope will significantly increase the accessibility of the proceedings to our global membership. The expense and logistics of travel need not stop you from taking part in this major gathering of our community, which will introduce us to the challenges and opportunities presented in the post-pandemic landscape of science journalism.

This enhanced format also provides new options for anyone interested in contributing to the content of this gathering, which can now accommodate speakers and events in a virtual capacity as well as on the ground in Colombia. This is a new frontier for all of us, so feel free to indulge your creative spirit as you contemplate a proposal for WCSJ2022.

You can submit to either the virtual conference or the face-to-face conference in Medellín, Colombia — or even craft something that can be combined for both. In addition to the usual topical sessions, panel discussions, workshops, and networking/pitching sessions, we are asking for your suggestions on other types of activity we should include. We will also be calling on partner organizations to propose field trips, both virtual and in-person, and mounting the first-ever WCSJ Online Film Festival.

Once the programming committee has reviewed and selected the specific sessions that will move forward, we want to run, you will be asked to participate in assembling whatever you had proposed.


Proposals will undergo a peer-review process. The Proposal Review Committee will assess each proposal based on its adherence to the overall conference themes. Authors of proposals selected for presentation will be contacted via email in Fall 2021.

proposal format

  • Session Title
  • Session Description
  • Learning Objectives
  • Relevant Tracks - Colombia or [virtual]
  • Relevant Formats
    • Topical Session
    • Panel Discussion
    • Workshop
    • Networking / Pitch Session
    • Other format or Idea

submission information

  1. Proposals must be submitted electronically using the official online submission form.
  2. Please use standard abbreviations. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parenthesis after the full word when it appears for the first time.
  3. Errors, misspellings, and incorrect abbreviations will not be corrected.
  4. An individual may submit more than one proposal. One official online submission is required for each proposal.
  5. There is no fee to submit a proposal(s).


The presenting authors of proposals selected for oral presentation will be required to complete and submit a Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest form after they are invited to present.

For more information

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