The 8th World Conference of Science Journalists, the most important global event for the science journalists, communication professionals and media officers, is now less than a month away!
The normal registration fee is available to 7 June and after that the fee will be cosiderably higher. Registration will be possible also on site, but the most affordable price is available online still for couple of days..
The weather in Helsinki continues as exceptionally warm and right now Finland is one of the hottest locations in Europe. The temperatures of 25°C are not exceptional during the Finnish summer, but for so long time and in late May – this is not usual.
It’s hot also on the registration side: with more than 600 participants the conference is becoming very crowded. The backside of this is that majority of the hotels near the conference venue are now fully booked. Sokos Hotel Helsinki, located just a block away from the University’s City Campus, the conference venue, has still rooms available and more accommodation choices are still available in more distant hotels.
Another problem created by the large amount of registrations was the crash of our email system. We apologise missing newsletters and try to get back to the track with this one.
Workshops and excursions
On the first day of the conference, Monday 25 June, 12 different hands-on workshops will be organised with subjects ranging from mentoring approaches to investigative journalism and from clever birds to WiFi routers. Advance registration is required (see your registration confirmation, register or contact secretariat).
All of these are interesting and produced, moderated and presented by highly qualified persons, but here we’d like to pick one of the workshops for closer look: “Providing high quality cancer care in an age of austerity: Is it too much to ask?“
The workshop, put together by European School of Oncology, will explore the techniques and sources journalists can use to investigate how effectively cancer services are delivered in their own health systems. The global financial crisis has accelerated trends across the developed world towards rationing in cancer care. Stories about patients being denied access to expensive treatments or investigations are becoming increasingly common cheap rolex, and many patients now fear being abandoned as “a hopeless case” as doctors and hospitals are forced to keep to tight budgets. However, research shows that decisions about what cancer services to offer and how are often taken by the wrong people, in the wrong way for the wrong reasons, leading to a huge waste of resources.
The workshop will zoom in this problematics with Kathy Redmond, Editor of the Cancer World Magazine as a moderator and Matti Aapro, Dean of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Institute at Genolier, Switzerland, and Richard Sullivan, Director of King’s Health Partners Institute of Cancer Policy and Global Health in London, UK, as speakers.
There are still places available also in these workshops:
The post-conference excursions are becoming very crowded as well and most of the excursions are already full. Anyhow, there’s still space for everyone and these excursions are still available:
- Bayer, Turku – Innovations in medical healthcare
- GE Healthcare, Helsinki – The future of patient care: intelligent hospitals
- Kone, Hyvinkää – Reaching high with intelligent elevator solution
- Aalto University, Espoo – Towards a better world through innovations in wellbeing, health and energy
Some facts about Helsinki
Friendly, Scandinavian, functional, compact, easy to reach. Helsinki is an intriguing mix of modern and historic, a place where East meets West.
Helsinki combines all the offerings of a capital city with the human scale of a small town. Getting around town is easy, safe and well organised. Helsinki’s functional public transport system makes it effortless to get from the congress venue to everywhere. Most hotels are just a stone throw away in the city centre and all venues in the programme can be reached on foot or by public transport. The public transport ticket is included in the conference kit.
Helsinki is competing successfully in the number of conventions. Last year a total of 254 international conventions were held in the city, with a total of 40,000 visiting delegates. The previous record was made in 2006 when Finland held the presidency of the European Union, with a total of 39,000 convention-goers recorded.
Despite its relatively small size, Helsinki is also very good city of shopping – especially famous Helsinki is for design, arts, fashion and jewelry.
We’re waiting for you!
The secretariat, the conference office atConfedent International and whole organisation are working now hard with the final preparations for the conference, but we have always time for possible questions and comments rolex replica. Do not hesitate to contact us if needed.
Our next newsletter will be sent later this week. The previous newsletters are available on our website: www.wcsj2013.org
WCSJ2013 is organised by Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists and the World Federation of Science Journalists with substantial aid from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and University of Helsinki.
The conference is generously supported by:
List of the delegates who attended WCSJ2013 has been published.