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WCSJ2017 session proposals open

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The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists is pleased to announce the call for session proposals. Like the annual ScienceWriters meeting in the U.S., WCSJ2017 is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, and we invite all science writers to submit expertly crafted proposals that consider professional development and scientific issues from an international perspective.

WCSJ2017 details, early sponsors announced

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WASHINGTON, DC (FEBRUARY 12, 2016) — Organizers of the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) unveiled details of the conference at an information session held today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Announcements included the debut of a comprehensive conference website http://wcsj2017.org and the enlistment of several major sponsors, including a “Diamond Sponsor” contributing $400,000 toward the event.

Announcing the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists

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CAMBRIDGE, MA (October 10, 2015) — The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists, expected to bring more than 1,200 journalists from around the world to San Francisco, has been scheduled for October 26–30, 2017, two U.S. lead organizations announced today.

And the winner is...

It's official! The World Conference of Science Journalists is coming to San Francisco in the fall of 2017. Congratulations and a huge thank you to all the volunteers from the National Association of Science Writers, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, our hosts at UCSF and UC Berkeley and everyone else who worked so hard on this bid.

Laura Van Dam travel fellows selected

Congratulations to the two recipients of the Laura Van Dam Travel Fellowships to this summer's meeting of the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, Korea June 8-12, 2015: freelance science writers John Cannon, currently based in the Central African Republic, and Jeremy Hsu, based in New York.

WCSJ2015 Proposals Due November 30

Interested in leading a session at the World Conference of Science Journalists 2015? The call for session proposals is out. Learn more here and submit your proposal by November 30, 2014. WCSJ2015, a joint project of the Korea Science Journalists Association and the World Federation of Science Journalists, is scheduled for June 8-12 in Seoul, Korea.

Follow WCSJ2013 proceedings online

The Eighth World Conference of Science Journalists opened today in Helsinki with about 850 registrants expected to attend. If you're not among them, you can check in via the Twitter hashtag #wcsj2013 or the conference Twitter feed. Also be sure to check the conference site for webcasts, or see Facebook and the conference program booklet.

From ScienceWriters: Conferring amidst the conifers

If you attend the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2013), in Helsinki in June, be prepared, even if not to hug some trees, at least to go into the woods for some scientific — and social — interactions with your lumber-loving hosts. Indeed, a sure conference highlight will be “science at midnight,” a seminar on the development of innovative and renewable wood-based materials for the future, held in the heart of a coniferous boreal forest.

Van Dam travel fellowship update

The National Association of Science Writers invites applications for the Laura Van Dam Travel Fellowships to this summer's meeting of the World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki, Finland, June 24-28, 2013. Update: We will be notifying applicants by March 12.

Arab-Israeli tensions caused disruptions

By all accounts, WCSJ2011 was an impressive feat, marking the first iteration of the conference hosted by an Arab nation. But behind the scenes, political problems caused extensive debate and several disruptions. The inclusion of U.S.-Israeli journalist Anna Wexler on a panel caused divisions within the Arab Science Journalists Association (ASJA), a co-sponsor of the conference. From the Fall 2011 ScienceWriters.