The 8th World Conference of Science Journalists will start in less than two months and with this article, we begin the last-minute preparations for the biggest event on the science media scene in two years. If you have not bookmarked 24-28 June 2013 for a trip to Helsinki, it’s best to do it now!
WCSJ2013 will set out an exciting agenda of interactive sessions and cultural events. You are urged to revisit your values and approaches in the face of the many challenges of science journalism in a rapidly changing media landscape, while not forgetting the source of our daily bread – science news.
WCSJ2013 at glance
The themes of the conference are “Our exciting work”, “Our vulnerable world” and “Our common values”. These are approached from different angles in different ways by high-level speakers and panelists in seven plenary sessions, panel discussions and debates.
The daily press briefings and sponsored lunches provide interesting views on topical subjects and offer also breaking news. WCSJ2013 is about more than just talking about science journalism; it is also a source for great stories. The supporting exhibition showcases the work replica watches, products and services of research organisations, companies and cooperating bodies.
WCSJ2013 takes place in Helsinki, Finland, but it has a global view. We expect 750 journalists and persons working or having an interest in the broad field of science communication from all continents to attend.
Each conference day ends with a social programme. These range from a bicycle tour around Helsinki and sauna to a buffet dinner at the garden of the old observatory, a hidden gem at the top of Helsinki.
The most exotic social event will be the Science at Midnight seminar, a memorable excursion into the depths of Finnish forests during the peak of the white nights of Finnish summer.
This trip, combining information and entertainment, will be set in a coniferous boreal forest near Helsinki. After this session, you may never look at a pine tree the same way again.
Friday 28 June will take the participants on the road. Up to 14 professional excursions and less work-related tours will head to scientifically interesting or touristic destinations around Helsinki, up to the northern parts of Finland and down to Estonia. The sponsored excursions are free of charge for delegates. The tours, including an unforgettable trip to St. Petersburg in Russia, are at the participants’ own expense.
Why should you attend?
WCSJ2013 is the best place to meet other science media and communication colleagues from around the world, share experiences, learn new skills omega replica, taste the current trends, and learn firsthand what is happening right now in the rapidly changing media world. You will leave Helsinki with memories that will be stay with you long after the conference. The exhaustive programme in an extraordinary setting will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience – even for hard-boiled journalists.
We look forward to meeting you at WCSJ2013 in Helsinki!
List of the delegates who attended WCSJ2013 has been published.