World Federation of Science Journalists

Association of Science Communicators (ACS)




Québec
www.acs.qc.ca




Established: 1977
About:
ACS is an association of francophone professionals, from Canada and France, working to promote science awareness. Fields represented by ACS members include: journalism, museology, education, recreational science programming, science awareness education, public relations and research. The mission of ACS is to increase the quality and the quantity of scientific information throughout Québec and to promote a wider knowledge of science as an important part of its culture. ACS represents roughly 70 % of working science journalists in Québec and 30 % of working science journalists in Canada.
Key Activities:
ACS issues a weekly e-newsletter as well as a triannual newspaper titled Omniscient and organizes training sessions, networking activities, an annual symposium, and Bourse Fernand-Seguin, a fellowship contest on science journalism.
Membership:
Journalists 40%
Public relations officers 30%
Others 30%
Total 259
Affiliations(3):
WFSJ (member); in contact with the Canadian Science Writers Association (CSWA) and l'Association des journalistes scientifiques de la presse d'information (AJSPI) of France
Governance:
Leading officers are elected by the annual general assembly and the Executive Office meets ten times per year.
Financing: The annual budget (CDN $ 125 000) is sourced equally from government, semi-public organizations, private corporate sponsors and membership fees.
Contact:
Claudine Souchon, Coordinator,1124, rue Marie-Anne Est | Bureau 12 | Montréal, Québec H2J 2B7 | CANADA | e: acs@acs.qc.ca | T : 514-508-5544 ext. 221 |  F : 514-508-5545

Fourth World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ)

ACS co-hosted the 4th WCSJ in Montréal in 2004 with the Canadian Science Writers Association and the World Federation of Science Journalists. The event is recognized as a great success in raising the profile of science journalism, and being instrumental in creating a worldwide network for science journalists.