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June 11, 2015 posted in Conferences
Wcsj2015 Conference Reports By The European Union Of Science Journalists´ Associations

WCSJ2015 Session" 50 Associations,One Conversation"

Damien Chalaud, WFSJ Ex. Dir. w. moderators Veronique Morin and Curtis Brainard (c) Goede

Many participants of the Conference critically looked into themselves in an effort to find their own identity. The session “50 Associations. One conversation”, organized by the World Federation of Science Journalists could also have been titled: “Who am I? And if so—how many?"

To achieve one unifying conversation, the participants need to know who they and their partners are. And that apparently has become in the past couple of years more difficult than ever.

Two striking examples. Mandi Sallhorn, president of the African Federation of Science Journalists, stated that the fight about what science journalists are supposed to be has become “vicious”. To avoid further friction, the Africans have come up with an inclusive term: Science Media Practitioner.

General Assembly of the World Federation of Science Journalists at WCSJ2015

Day 4 and end of WCSJ 2015 Seoul. Last sessions with dwindling attendance, while the General Assembly of the World Federation got under way. Final act: The closing ceremony with a little Oscar taste and the announcement of the venue of the WCSJ 2017, hot contest between Europe and the US.

The GA was off to a good start: More than 50 percent of the member organization attended the  annual meeting at the COEX convention center near Hangang river. Federation executive director Damien Chalaud presented achievements during the past two years:

+++ 51 member organizations representing 9000 science journalists+++15 new national associations acquired+++45 mentors taught+++ 140 journalists trained in 50 countries+++3 online courses on Science Journalism, Ebola, Viral Hepatitis+++8 global conferences organized

World Federation Executive Director (c) Goede

More articles about the conference can be found on the European Union of Science Journalists' website.


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