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The Early Bird registration for the WCSJ 2013 conference is still open – for a few days! Hurry up. Please spread the word!
You can, of course, still register for the conference in June, but it will cost you more.
The last day for the Early Bird registration is Friday, 24th of May.
Also please spread the word, you are welcome to join the conference even when you are not a working journalist. We are not closing non-journalists out. We need discussion between the journalists and the people they are working and communicating with.
This is because there has been false information about the non-journalists not being able to participate.
The program is being finalized and printed. You find most of the program in the internet now.
Come and meet your colleagues from all over the world.
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The latest issue of WPK Quarterly – the newsletter of the German Association of Science Writers WPK – publishes an interview (written in German) to Swim President Fabio Turone, focusing on the complex and controversial court decision that sentenced several Italian scientists to jail after the L’Aquila earthquake.
«The Italian justice failed», the headline by German science writer Markus Lehmkuhl goes.
Congratulations to Swimmer Sergio Pistoi who was awarded yesterday the prestigious science popularization Award “Premio Galileo per la divulgazione scientifica” for his recent book “Il DNA incontra Facebook” (“The DNA meets Facebook”).
Fabiola Gianotti, with her discovery of the Higgs particle at CERN, will be a special guest of this year’s course at the Erice International School of Science Journalism, devoted to Magnetic Resonance and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Other speakers include: Arno Villringer (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science), Barbara Bottalico (Neuroscience and Law Uni Pavia), Beatrice Mautino (Codice/Genoa Science Festival), Connie StLouis (BBC, City University London), Daniela Ovadia (Agency Zoe/Niguarda Hospital), Federico Giove (Centro Fermi), Fred Balvert (Erasmus MC), John Womersley (UK Science and Technology Facilities Council), Marco Cattaneo (Le Scienze/Mente&Cervello), Mo Costandi (Neurophilosophy/The Guardian), Nicla Panciera (CIMEC), Silvia Bencivelli (RAI), Souad Zgaoui (Erasmus MC).
The preliminary programme – designed by Course Directors Umberto Dosselli (INFN-LNF) and Fabio Turone (President of Science Writers in Italy) – is available in the website of the Erice School, along with the instructions to apply to one of the 30 fellowships covering fee, travel and accomodation.
The Erice International School of Science Journalism grants 30 fellowships for members of EU-countries to attend the 2013 edition (May 25th-May 29th, 2013) on Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Fellowships are aimed at science journalists, science communicators and students in science journalism and communication.
Fellowships will cover:
- The fee of the School
- Travel expenses to and from Erice
- Staying in Erice
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013.
Full details about the school and the application process are available in the website of the Erice International School of Science Journalism.
Swimmer Daniela Cipolloni was awarded the third prize of the fourth edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists for her article about the lies spread by private umbilical-cord blood banks published by Oggiscienza.
The article can be found here in the original Italian version (“Tutte le bugie delle banche private del cordone“), or else downloaded in pdf in the English translation available on the website of the EU Health Prize.
Congratulations to our fellow Daniela!
Ten years ago, in Sao José dos Campos, Brazil, the World Federation of Science Journalists was created and Canadian Véronique Morin was elected its first president. Another ten years earlier, the First World Conference of Science Journalists was held in Tokyo, Japan.
In a series of articles written by some key actors, Véronique Morin remembers the discussions in Brazil that led to WFSJ’s birth; Mariko Takahashi, who was also in Sao José dos Campos, shares her souvenirs about the first World Conference; Arthur Bourne, who masterminded the World Conference and the World Federation, tells about the very first steps taken; Wolfgang Goede compares the situation that existed with what still exists; Jim Cornell puts the World Federation in a broader context; while Jean-Marc Fleury collected the souvenirs of several key actors to describe how each World Conference, beginning with Tokyo in 1992, was another step towards the Sao José dos Campos moment.
Read the whole story on the website of the World Federation!
Many Italian science journalists were present at the ESOF meeting in Dublin, and among them the colleagues from Swim were certainly very active, not only in networking with scientists and colleagues from all over the world but also in discussing from the stage the present and the future of science journalism.
Particularly, in the panel entitled “Is Science Journalism dead or does it just smell funny?” the debate introduced by Irish journalist Brian Trench saw the participation of Swimmer Elisabetta Tola, who spoke about data journalism and among other projects presented the wonderful job by swimmer Amelia Beltramini on health data (La guida ai migliori ospedali d’Italia) that were never available before for Italian citizens.
The vast programme can be consulted on the website of ESOF, where may speeches where broadcast live and are now available online.
Send your proposals for next year’s World Conference “Science Journalism: Critical Questioning inthe Public Sphere” of the World Federation of Science Journalists.
(and don’t hesitate to ask Fabio Turone – who is in the Programme Committee – in case you need any help).
8th World Conference of Science Journalists,
Helsinki, Finland, June 24 – 28, 2013
A few days left to propose your dream session
Call for proposals for WCSJ 2013, Helsinki
CLOSES 15 May 2012 !
To propose a session you have always dreamt about
but have not found in science journalist conferences so far,
please hurry and submit a brief description of the proposal through the
conference management system on 15 May 2012 at the latest.
The conference days are 25.-27 June 2013, with the themes
Our common values
Our exciting work
Our vulnerable world
The conference will include a pre-conference day (24 June) with skills building workshops,
three full conference days and one day (28 June) for tailored post-tours.
The conference language is English.
More information can be found here:
See you in Helsinki!
Programme Committee Chair