8th World Conference of Science Journalists, Helsinki, Finland, June 24 – 28, 2013
"Science journalism - critical questions, reliable answers"
Welcome to the 2013 Helsinki World Conference of Science Journalists.
WCSJ2013 provides excellent opportunities for science journalists and communication professionals to meet and to engage in international dialogue with researchers, political decision makers and citizens. Science journalists will be able to exchange ideas and discuss their roles in the new and rapidly-changing media landscape. You can expect more discussion on science journalism than ever before.
A world conference organised by and for science journalists is a unique event. Science journalism faces many challenges. WCSJ2013 provides an agenda for revisiting and rethinking our values and approaches in interactive sessions. There will be a special emphasis on cultural events, while not forgetting the source of our daily bread – science news.
The host organisations, the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists (FASEJ) and the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ), will be very happy to meet you in Helsinki during the peak of the white nights summer of Finland. Come, get inspired and interact!
Looking forward to seeing you all in Helsinki
Mr. Vesa Niinikangas, President Ms. Satu Lipponen, President
World Federation of Science Journalists Finnish Association of Science Journalists and Editors
Science media in transition
The leading theme of the conference is “critical questioning in the public sphere”. This applies equally to both journalists and the public. Media content and channels used by the media are in rapid flux. Evolution is taking place in the social media. What does this mean for science journalism?
Complexity in the sciences is growing. The changing topics, points of view, and areas of interest challenge science journalists to adopt new orientations in their societies. Change can bring inspiration, enthusiasm and innovations but it can also lead to pessimism and backward-looking nostalgia. Will journalists still be needed in the future?
Plenaries, sessions, and workshops at WCSJ2003 offer analysis, practical ideas and daring visions of the world in 2020, and of the future role that science journalism will play in it. What is your choice and your vision of the future?
Helsinki - the host city
The 8th World Conference of Science Journalists will take place in Helsinki on 24-28 June, 2013. The conference will convene at the City Centre Campus of the University of Helsinki in the historical centre of Finland’s capital. The empire-style main building is next to the historic Senate Square. Most of Helsinki’s attractions and conference hotels are a few minutes’ walk from the venue. The main sights, restaurants, hotels and the seashore are all within walking distance.
The host city Helsinki, the beautiful, lively, friendly, and safe capital of Finland, is famous for its relaxed atmosphere and its mixture of modern and classic architecture. It is also the World Design Capital of 2012. With a population of five million, Finland is a settled, innovative, and multi-cultural high-tech society, which retains the mystique of its location at the border of East and West. Finnish summer nights are nearly as bright as the days - an unforgettable experience. Come and feel the Northern atmosphere and the hospitality of Finns!
Optional excursions from Helsinki after the conference are available. Nature in the Nordic region is at its best in June and the beautiful Finnish university cities like Turku and Tampere are within an easy reach. Even Lapland and the Eastern lake districts are easily accessible by air, train or bus. Interesting international destinations such as Tallinn in Estonia, St. Petersburg in Russia, and Stockholm in Sweden are close to Helsinki and served by frequent boats, trains and buses.
The programme outline and themes
The conference will include a pre-conference day with skill-building workshops, three full conference days and a day for specially tailored post-conference tours. The conference language is English.
24 June Pre-conference workshops, opening ceremony
25 June Theme: Our common values
26 June Theme: Our exciting work
27 June Theme: Our vulnerable world, closing plenary
28 June Post-conference tours
Examples of topics
- How to read scientific results – and make news
- Tweets, feeds and favourites – practice your social media skills
- Climate change, what about journalism?
- Science journalism by juniors and seniors
- Scientists silenced – can journalists act as spokesmen
- Living, loving and science publishing
- Science Communication 2.0
- New ways of earning with science communication
- Medical journalism in 2020
- Risks, frauds and public relations
- Media as an interested partner in crises
- New ways in which journalism can change the world
- - Welcome reception
- - City reception hosted by the Mayor of Helsinki
- - Science by Midnight, a special Finnish outdoor event
- - Picnic boat tour to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- - Barbeque dinner in the Finnish Science Centre Heureka
- - Guided walking tours
Who should attend?
WCSJ2013 is aimed at professional and aspiring journalists and other professionals working in science communication. We expect 500-1000 delegates from across the world including from developing countries. The number of participants in the past World Conference in 2011 in Doha, Qatar was about 800 from 89 countries.
Accommodation and other general info
The conference organisers have booked room quotas for the conference participants from several hotels in different price categories in the centre of Helsinki within walking distance of the conference venue. Room availability can be guaranteed for bookings made by the end of March, 2013.
The public transport network (trams, buses, metro) is frequent and easy to use.
Finland is a member of the European Union, and it has the euro as its currency.
The summer in Helsinki is bright. The days are at their longest in the second half of June, when the sun stays above the horizon for 19 hours. The weather is usually mild but evenings can be cool. The average maximum temperature from June to August is around 19 to 21 °C (66 to 70 °F). Average precipitation in June is 46 mm (1.8 inches).
Registration will open at www.wcsj2013.org on September 10, 2012.
Early registration deadline March 16, 2013
On-site registration June 24-27, 2013
TULOSSA TEKSTIÄ, fees, early bird, scholarships
Member, WFSJ, early bird 375 euros
Non-member, early bird 425 euros
Member, WFSJ, after March 16, 2013, 420 euros
Non-member, WFJ, after March 16, 2013, 475 euros
There will be a limited number of travel grants. Please subscribe to our newsletter, follow the conference web site or contact conference director Ms. Eeva Pitkälä.
Call for session proposals will open on March 1, 2012
Exhibition details available by June 2012
Early registration begins September 10, 2012
Room availability can be guaranteed until the end of March, 2013
WCSJ 2013 Conference Office
c/o Confedent International Ltd.
Ms. Riikka Louhivuori
Porkkalankatu 3, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
Phone: +358 9 5840 9350, Fax: +358 9 58409 111
Companies and other organisations interested in sponsorship opportunities and the exhibition please contact the Conference director Ms. Eeva Pitkälä, +358 44 5121565, firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference web site
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