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Parallel sessions

Track 1: Science immersion
Direct access to scientific sources for stories

1.1: Moving Lands: what the world can learn from Mexico, Chile, Philippines and Indian Ocean's early warning alerts systems?
While the cost of economic damage of disasters is increasing globally, human costs are going down, due especially to the development of early warning systems that have saved a huge amount of lives in the last decades. An early seismic warning developed with local technology, sound building construction codes, underwater fiber optic cables technologies to detect tsunamis, forecasting in advance tropical cyclones, and community engagement will all be discussed.
Moderator: Patricia Luna
Speakers: Gerardo Suárez Reynoso, Nahuel Arenas, Almudena Montoliú García, Bapon Fakhruddin
1.2: New Digital-First Mental Health Strategies From The Global South
A panel of scientists from across the Global South will show that solutions to a global problem can come from the developing world, from using GoogleAds to get help for vulnerable people to cope with mental health problems.
Moderator: Chhatra Karki
Speakers: Maria Graciela Rojas Castillo, Sandersan (Sandy) Onie, Shiow Chin Tan
1.3: COVID-19 and vaccine development in Latin America. What have we learned?
1.4: 8,000 Meters of Discovery: First Crewed Expedition to the Atacama Trench, the Deepest Point in South America
Science under pressure: come travel with researchers to the ultimate ultra deep ocean adventure, the first crewed expedition to the Atacama Trench, 8,069 metres deep, off the coast of Chile-Peru.
Moderator:  Angela Posada-Swafford
Speakers: Dr. Osvaldo Ulloa, Hector Salvador, Mtro. Hugo Montoro, Cdr, Catalina García-Jove Contreras

Track 2: On responsible reporting
Practical discussion of ethical challenges

2.1: Reporting on inequity in science from the Global South
Reporting on inequity in science from the Global South Science has a diversity problem, and it is more acute in lower and middle income countries in the Global South. What unique problems of non-inclusion exist in the Global South and how do they harm science, academia, and science journalism? Can science journalism move the needle by spotlighting these challenges to create a more diverse and equitable scientific force?
Moderator: Subhra Priyadarshini
Speakers: Ankur Paliwal, Laura Helmuth, Abdullahi Tsanni, Thereza Paiva
2.2: Rise of preprints: solution to open science, rapid dissemination, or publication bias?
2.3: On a fine line: How to cover science critically when science is already under attack?

Track 3: New challenges to explore
Deep-dives on how to better serve and find new audiences

3.1: The language of health journalism: reaching underserved audiences
Studies reveal people prefer consuming news in their vernacular language, but in countries like South Africa and the US, health stories are largely reported on in English. This results in inequitable access to credible health information in underserved and underrepresented populations.
Moderator: Engela Duvenage
Speakers: Paula Andalo, Syed Nazakat, Syriacus Buguzi, Bibi-Aisha Wadvalla
3.2: Humanitarian emergency: lessons for science journalism
The discussion will focus on the role that science journalism should play in humanitarian emergencies, from the experience of journalists reporting from Kenya, Syria and Venezuela. The panel will address professional challenges, personal risks and ethical dilemmas that may arise from the practice of scientific journalism in these contexts.
Moderator: Margaret López 
Speakers: Wesley Langat, Sonia Ali, Luisa Salomón
3.3: Reaching Across Borders: Strengthening Science Journalism in Latin 
Time flies! It's been almost four years since we launched Historias Sin Fronteras at the 2019 WCSJ in Lausanne. Join us for a lively discussion of the power of cross-border science journalism.
Moderator: Iván Carrillo
Speakers: Valeria Román, Johanna Osorio, Eduardo Franco Berton, Ximena Serrano
3.4: How do journalists go beyond communicating risk to sharing risk know-how with their communities?
3.5: Explorers of the Universe

Track 4: North/South: To a new global dialogue in the 21st century
Science content and professional development with a global view

4.1: Reporting on Indigenous Knowledge
In this discursive session, journalists from different parts of the world talk over the issues they faced reporting on cases where science has gone wrong in a context where science denialism is surging. 
Moderator: Rebekah White
Speakers: Dr Daniel Hikuroa, Kalen Goodluck, Maria Clara Valencia, Rae Johnston
4.2: Lessons learned from COVID-19: How network journalism helped to produce scientific stories and tackle misinformation
4.3: Science Journalism as survival hope: Climate disasters coverage in South Asia
4.4: Science and Biopiracy of Indigenous Knowledge

Track 5: Our craft: tools of the trade
New perspectives on how to develop as professional

5.1: Science podcasts and the rise of audio
Give your ears the pleasure of a good science story! This session aims to share different experiences in science podcasts from around the world and show the diversity of audio stories, as well as how productions adapted to the pandemic.
Moderator: Lindsay Patterson
Speakers: Silvia Viñas, Anne Chisa, Halima Athumani
5.2: Writing in English as a non-English speaker
Read any good science books lately? Ever thought of maybe writing one? This round table session with four authors of recently published books will address the challenges of planning, pitching and completing a book. Find out how they found the ways and means to succeed.
Moderator: Kathryn O'Hara
Speakers: Sarah Everts, Frederico Kukso, Engela Duvenage, Alyaa Abo-Shabha
5.3: How immersive storytelling and creative formats can revolutionize science journalism
5.4: Writing the popular science book: Four authors tell their stories

Keynotes/plenary

Tuesday March 28

Keynote – Biodiversity
Exclusive Plenary – Amazonia
Exclusive Plenary – Trust in Science

Wednesday, March 29

Keynote – Climate Change
Exclusive Plenary – Emerging Disease
Exclusive Plenary – Indigenous Science

Thursday, March 30

Keynote – Indigenous Diplomacy
Exclusive Plenary – Science Diplomacy
Exclusive Plenary – Open Science