Publication Date
Publication Date: 
June 29, 2011

The World Conference of Science Journalists 2011 took place in June in Doha, Quatar. The conference was organised by the World Federation of Science Journalists and aimed to raise the quality and impact of science journalism worldwide, share excellence in independent journalism, compare experiences with counterparts from developed and developing countries, promote professional development, encourage new partnerships, and report on the latest advances in science and technology.

The following videos from the conference are available for viewing on Youtube:

From Tahrir to Taamir: Building a Networked Society for Democratic Governance
The Internet, mobile phones and social media played a pivotal role in the recent uprisings in the Arab world. Political and social changes are still at an early stage, but it is time to consider the role of those technologies in building new institutions, reforming policies and, especially, establishing a new relationship among citizens, political movements and governments.

Journalism in the Age of Denial
Science journalists expressing their concerns about the mistrust that people have towards science.

From Paper to Tablets
Managing the science magazine transition to the digital age.

Technology of Tomorrow Used Today
Learning from the past technology and implementing the latest technology for economic and human development are the key messages behind the session. Understanding how one technology can be versatile enough to be used in healthcare, competitive sports, industrial and aviation safety can be achieved thanks to the ICT Platform, RASAD. On the other hand, Loghati will spread the Arabic cultural heritage by means of the modern web-internet technologies.

WCSJ2011: Spotlight on Global Health
Even with the increasing investment in the area of global health, the media pay scant attention to the development that is taking place in this field. In this panel on "Spotlight on Global Health", the panelists discuss the problems, pitfalls, and pleasures of covering global health.

WCSJ2011- Secret Science - Computer.m4v
Many countries have a system where scientific organisations limit contact with the media; without press services, journalists are unable to approach scientists. This panel will discuss how governments go to extraordinary ends to erect barriers and limit access to scientists and their work.

Let's Get Physical
The science of physics is one of the most important in explaining the world around us, yet many science journalists avoid reporting on it considering it to be a difficult topic. The "Lets Get Physical" panel discussion held by the World Conference of Science Journalists explored the difficulties of reporting on physical science and how to overcome those challenges.

WSCJ 2011 : Energy, Water and Food Nexus: The Science of Optimization and Sustainability
This discusses how Qatar is addressing the issue of sustainability of resources and food security challenges.

WCSJ2011: Digital Media: Use of Digital Media Tools for Science Journalism
Marcus Herbert, Justin Arenstein, and Kate Gray discuss various new digital media tools that science journalist can use to tell complex stories in simple ways.

WCSJ2011 Keynote speaker: Dr. Timothy Wells
Dr Timothy Wells joined Medicines for Malaria Venture in October 2007 as the Chief Scientific Officer. He has responsibility for the Research and Development Portfolio, which covers over 50 projects from screening through to one launched product and two products currently preparing for registration.

WCSJ2011- Keynote Speaker- Kathy Redmond
Kathy Redmond works with the Cancer World magazine and the European School of Oncology's Cancer Media Service. She is a keynote speaker at the WCSJ 2011, talking about the role of Journalists in Informing Attitudes and Beliefs of Cancer.

WCSJ2011- Cancer- The Role of Journalists in Informing Attitudes and Beliefs
Cancer myths and beliefs along with inappropriate and biased information has a huge influence on increasing the number of deaths from cancer all around the world. Although cancer had been considered as a disease more common in the developed countries, recent findings show its shift towards the developing countries. The discussion at the World Conference of Science Journalists emphasises the role of media in creating cancer awareness among the local masses.

Overview of Day 2 at WCSJ 2011
This is the second day of the World Conference of Science Journalists 2011. We spoke to the many speakers, panelists and journalists who are attending this conference and here is what they had to say.

WCSJ2011 Reception
Qatar Foundation welcomes the WCSJ2011 with a traditional Arabian reception.

WCSJ2011 Journalist's/Panelist's Profile: Wilson da Silva
Wilson da Silva is the Editor in Chief and co-founder of Cosmos, Australia's number 1 science magazine. He is also the former President of the World Federation of Science Journalist (WFSJ).

The World Conference of Science Journalists 2011 workshop