Science journalists from around the world to meet in Helsinki in 2013

The Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists will host the next World Conference of Science Journalists, which will be held at the University of Helsinki.

The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) has decided to hold its eighth world conference in Finland. The conference will take place at the University of Helsinki in June 2013.

The biennial World Conference of Science Journalists is the most significant international meeting for science journalists and science communication professionals. More than 700 science journalists from 90 countries attended the seventh world conference, which was held in Doha in Qatar this year. The sixth one attracted more than 1,000 participants to London in 2009.

In Doha, the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists organised a discussion session on how the Nord Stream gas pipeline project was perceived and treated in the media. The opening speakers included Professor of Environmental Policy Janne Hukkinen from the University of Helsinki. The topic evoked lively discussion and featured prominently in local newspapers.

– The 2013 world conference will be the largest training event that the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists will have ever organised. It will also offer us an opportunity to showcase the achievements of Finnish science and science communication to a global audience, says Vesa Niinikangas, who was elected President of the WFSJ at the world conference in Doha.

The theme of the 2013 world conference will be “Critical questioning in the public sphere”.

– Science journalists work in the public sphere. In part, the centre of this sphere has already moved to the Internet and social media. It is important to remember that science journalists are not promoters. Instead, they must be able to critically evaluate scientific information in order to communicate it to wide audiences, says Niinikangas.

In Helsinki, the conference programme will be based more on discussion and interaction than before. The goals include collaborating, sharing views and experiences and learning from one another.

The 2013 World Conference of Science Journalists will be held in the main building of the University of Helsinki. Its historical and architectural significance, as well as its location in the heart of Helsinki, make it an ideal venue for the conference.

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Text: Päivi Lehtinen
Photo: Päivi Lehtinen
11.7.2011
Translation: AAC Global
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