World Federation of
Science Journalists

4th World Conference of Science Journalists

From Monday October 4th to Friday October 8th, 2004, in Montréal (Québec) Canada, the Canadian Science Writers Association (CSWA) and the Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Québec (ACS; Science Writers Association of Québec) hosted their colleagues from around the world at the 4th World Conference of Science Journalists.

Some 620 persons, nearly half of whom were science journalists from 58 countries, attended the WCSJ2004. Some thirty associations of science journalists were represented; they voted for the first elected board of the World Federation of Science Journalists.

This section of the website includes documents from the WCSJ2004's original website, including the Proceedings, the 5 issues of the Conference newsletters (see bottom of the page), the Programe outline, and several other documents like the Goals and Themes of the WCSJ2004 and the lists of WCSJ2004 Committees and Members.

Proceedings of the 4th World Conference of Science Journalists

Actes de la CMJS 2004 (french)

Total revenues for WCSJ2004 were $785,000 CAD and total expenses $650,000 CAD. The breakdown regarding funding sources was the following:

Private sector  60 000CAD
Canadian Gov. Dep 35 000
Québec Government 80 000
Universities 10 000
Canadian R&D agencies 160 000
Federal Granting agencies 390 000 (Scholarships, speakers)
Registration and booths 50 000

Note: This budget does not include sponsored lunches, excursions and cocktails.

Statistics of Interest
  •  Number of participants: 622 participants from 58 countries
  • Number of journalists: 300 from 58 countries
    • From developing countries: 73 from 35 countries
      • Africa: 35 from 18 countries
      • Latin America: 6 from 8 countries
      • Asia: 22 from 9 countries
    • Australia, Korea, Japan et Singapore: 18
    • Europe and Eastern Europe: 68 from 17 countries
    • United States: 15
    • Canada: 126
  • Number of speakers
    • Number of speakers from developed countries: 78
    • Number of speakers from developing countries and countries in transition: 15
  • Number of sessions throughout the 3 days of the Conference: 36
  • Number of participants for the October 8th excursions/visits: 115

Program of the 4th World Conference of Science Journalists, 4-8 October 2004, Montréal (Québec), Canada

File : ProgramGrid.pdf



Goals and Themes of WCSJ2004
Track A: Challenges in the Profession
Track B: Science in a Social and Political Context
Track C: Professional Development
Track D: Science in Canada

Meet the Experts (Exhibits)
Satellite Events
Tours and Visits
Breaking Science News (Press Conferences)
Selected Leads at the WCSJ2004
Social Program

WCSJ2004 Newsletter 4th Oct. 2004
WCSJ2004 Newsletter 5th Oct. 2004
WCSJ2004 Newsletter 6th Oct. 2004
WCSJ2004 Newsletter 7th Oct. 2004
WCSJ2004 Newsletter 8th Oct. 2004
WCSJ 2004 Committees

General Information of WCSJ2004