IDRC at the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017

December 13, 2017
IDRC travel fellowship to at the WCSJ 2017 conference in San Francisco

IDRC / Christel Binnie

Six journalists from low and middle-income countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and West Africa received travel fellowships from IDRC to attend the tenth World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) in San Francisco from October 25-30, 2017.

It was an opportunity for the awardees, from Argentina, Brazil, India, the Philippines, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, to develop their skills and network with some of the most influential science journalists in the world.

IDRC delegates also attended the WCSJ, which brought 1,364 professionals from 70 countries together to develop their shared professional interest in engaging, incisive, accurate, and high-quality science journalism.

“Bridging Science and Societies”, the theme of WCSJ2017, reflects the vital role of science journalists and communicators in making science approachable for diverse audiences.

During the conference, IDRC delegates were able to build relationships with the fellowship awardees. They also had the rare opportunity to meet such a significant number of world-class journalists with a scientific beat, many with a keen interest in the Centre’s mandate and core body of work. IDRC’s presence at the WCSJ2017 also offered outstanding networking opportunities with conference organizers, sponsors, and current and potential IDRC partners.

The next WCSJ conference will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2019. As they plan the next conference agenda, the organizers, a consortium of Swiss, French, and Italian science organizations, will place special emphasis on issues relating to African science. This will present an extraordinary opportunity for IDRC and its partners to showcase development research initiatives.

Visit the conference website: WCSJ