The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists
) in San Francisco (26-30 October 2017) will bring together 1,400+ professionals dedicated to engaging, incisive, accurate,
and high-quality science journalism. The conference, organized in partnership with UCSF and UC Berkeley, will build global capacity for science communication and provide an opportunity for journalists to explore cutting-edge science as well as crucial issues at the interface of science and society. WCSJ2017 will welcome journalists representing international news channels such as the BBC, NYT, WSJ, Scientific American, Asahi Shimbun, Nature, Le Monde, etc.
WCSJ2017 will provide the networking, training, professional development, and exposure to world-class science and technology essential to equip and sustain a worldwide community, ensuring that news about science is intelligently conveyed to a global public no matter what barriers of culture, language, education, and politics stand in the way. A special emphasis of the conference will be on building science journalism capacity in Latin America.
Eight plenary speakers will address the conference. They include Thierry Zomahoun, CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, John P. Holdren, President Obama’s former science advisor who will be talking about the need for global investments in cost-effective remedies to avoid the worst impacts of future climate change, as well as Jennifer Doudna, professor of chemistry and of molecular and cellular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.
The conference program includes 50 breakout sessions centered around seven themes such as on the Climate & Environment, Technology & Innovation, Issues in Science & Science Journalism, as well as field trips, workshops, etc. The full program can be consulted here.
WCSJ2017 will be held in San Francisco, a world-class city and an environment rich in science and technology. Conference activities will be based at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco. A feature of the program is a day when journalists will visit the campuses of the University of California San Francisco and UC Berkeley for programming and laboratory tours. WCSJ2017 marks the first time that the conference is being held in the U.S. Registration is open through October 12. Early bird registration ends August 1st.