Press Centre and interview requests
The World Conference of the Science Journalists is a biggest biennal global event for the science journalists, communication professionals and media officers. The programme includes also press conferences that are available for all journalists, also for colleagues not attending the conference. Many speakers and participants are also available for interviews.
To serve visiting members of media, the confrence has a press centre, located in the University of Helsinki, main building, 3. floor, Lecture hall 7.
Press conferences will take place at the Consistorium (University main building) from Tue – Thu the lunch break (12.30 – 14.00).
The press centre is open from Monday to Thursday 9 – 17.
Accredited journalists are welcome to attend the press conferences.
The accrediatation shoud be done, if possible, in advance via e-mail, but it is possible also on site in the Press Centre.
For all media enquiries, please contact:
Anu Kytölä, WCSJ2013 Press Officer
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +358 50 3828968
WCSJ2013 Press Events
Tuesday 25 June
Social and economic challenges in developing countries – ABC, Brazilian Academy of Science (Academia Brasileira de Ciências)
Despite the exponential scientific and technological progress observed globally in recent decades, the overall improvement of quality of life, and advances in education, the benefits of progress are distributed very unevenly in the contemporary world. There are several problems to be solved, for instance, consumption levels and wealth are much higher in industrialised economies than in the less developed countries, the cities in developing countries show imbalances and sustainability problems that have been greatly mitigated in industrialised countries, and access to health is unacceptably unequal in many societies, regions and countries. The next World Science Forum will take place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2013.
Genomics related Nature press briefing
Researchers present their latest findings.
Wednesday 26 June
Finnish researchers discuss ancient Egyptian observations of the variable star Algol, which they have discovered.
SciDev.Net – Caitlin Flint
Caitlin Flint, user engagement manager of SciDev.Net – the Science and Development Network – discusses the network’s website www.scidev.net, a source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis on information about science and technology for global development.
Our Exciting Work – Peter Saueressig
Peter Saueressig introduces HITS (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies) which offers experienced journalists an opportunity to deepen their skills in investigative science journalism for 3–6 months. The programme application deadline is in September.
Thursday 27 June
Making Sense of Uncertainty – Dr. Tabitha Innocent
From global warming to global epidemics, uncertainty is part of scientific research. In public discussion, however, uncertainty about the frontiers of research is seen as worrying and is presented as a deficiency of research. Dr. Tabitha Innocent discusses communication of scientific uncertainty and some recent examples and introduces a guide called Making Sense of Uncertainty.