Science meets journalism
in WCSJ2013 Helsinki


(Aufruf von Minttu Hilden,
Projektmanager für die Konferenz)

Science journalists play a vital role in informing the public about the latest advances in science and technology. A journalist is always looking for a good story. WCSJ2013 conference will inspire stories about science.

*WCSJ2013 will take place from June 24 to June 28 at the campus of the University of Helsinki*

The World Conference of Science Journalists, WCSJ2013, will be held in the Finnish capital Helsinki from June 24 to June 28. The venue of the conference will be the campus of the University of Helsinki in the centre of the city. In addition to lectures, workshops and panel discussions involving top experts in their respective fields, the conference offers opportunities to interact and share experiences to scientists and journalists who cover scientific trends, developments, and controversies.

Hundreds of scientists and journalists from around the world will attend the conference to discuss current challenges of media coverage of scientific topics and the ways to keep stories on the issues interesting, approachable, and accurate.

WCSJ2013 attracts top science journalists, such as

· Deborah Blum, professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Pulitzer-Prize winning science writer. She writes for a wide range of publications, including *The New York Times, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American and Time magazine*. She also blogs about chemistry, culture (and the occasional murder) for Wired on her blog, *Speakeasy Science*.

· Bora Zivkovic, currently Blogs Editor at the *Scientific American*, where he manages a network of almost 60 top-notch sciencebloggers. He is also a Co-Founder and Director of ** and the series editor of the annual anthology ‘Best Science Writing Online’

· Cherelle Jackson, a Samoan journalist with extensive background knowledge on the UN climate change processes and negotiations

· Lucy Calderon, a freelance science journalist, who writes for the ** website and the weekly online publication *El Financiero*in Costa Rica.

· Hans Rosling, professor of International Health at KI and co-founder of Gapminder Foundation

· Mohammed Yahia, Editor, Nature Middle-East, contributor to Turkish Weekly and The Daily Star, Egypt

WCSJ2013 is an excellent occasion to meet, to network and to engage in international dialogue with researchers, decision makers and citizens in interactive sessions, cultural events, tours and science news. The breathtaking WCSJ2013 program is full of journalists, scientists, communicators, explorers, innovators and forward-thinkers from all continents.

WCSJ2013 conference programme is breathtakingly versatile

The opening plenary is scheduled for the afternoon of the first day of the conference, Monday, June 24. Already on the morning of that day there will be a number of workshops on subjects such as the role of the press and public in exposing scientific and medical fraud, investigative journalism in science journalism, tips on producing science documentaries, and issues related to the journalistic handling of nuclear energy.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, there will be large plenary sessions from 9:00 to 10:30, followed by smaller panel discussions and debates on various subjects. There are press briefings each afternoon, and a final plenary at 4:00 PM. Each evening there is a social programme. As WCSJ2013 takes place during the peak of the white nights of Finnish summer, there will be sunlight available around the clock.

On Friday, participants can take part in one of a number of sponsored excursions, which are free of charge for delegates. There are excursions to universities and industrial installations in different parts of Finland, as well as a study trip to Estonia.

Those not taking part in a sponsored excursion can join one of the five post conference tours, to Fiskars village and Svartå Manor, Porvoo, St. Petersburg, Finnish Lapland, or the Estonian capital Tallinn. The tours are at the participants’ own expense.

More information about conference programme and registration is available on the conference website:

Welcome to the conference!

Kind regards from Helsinki,
Minttu Hilden

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