There is a common understanding that the future ahead us lies on knowledge-based societies. There is an urgent need for quality science journalism serving as interpreter between science and the public.
The organisers of the 8th Conference of Science Journalists announced their major sponsors at the AAAS press conference in Boston. Companies like Johnson & Johnson, GE, Nature Publishing Group and UPM and foundations like Wellcome Trust, Nordforsk, Qatar Foundation and São Paulo Foundation together with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland and the University of Helsinki have indicated a strong support for science journalism. The key players in the field have expressed their wish to engage researchers, journalists, decision makers, science-based companies and the public in a dialogue to solve grand challenges the globe is facing today.
The main theme of the conference – Critical questioning in the public sphere – emphasises searching answers to these burning issues. Conference programme builds on perspectives like our common values, our exciting work and our vulnerable world. Workshops and sessions include topics like ethics, roots of denialism, new journalistic identities, open science, climate change and the Arctic, and reporting difficult issues.
List of the delegates who attended WCSJ2013 has been published.