Science Journalism to Be Encouraged in Developing Countries

12 October 2004 | The Hindustan Times

Retiring WFSJ president Veronique Morin with her successor, Wilson da Silva

Montreal, Oct. 12 – A conference of science journalists from around the world here has decided on programmes to encourage science writers in developing countries.

Over 500 science journalists from 60 countries met at the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) at Montreal city’s Hotel Marriott last week.

A WFSJ official said a programme committee would be formed to “look at the training of science journalists, particularly in developing countries.”

Pallab Ghosh, science correspondent of the BBC, would head the committee, he said.

Veronique Morin, WFSJ president of and Canadian Science Writers Association chief, said a “structure had been approved by a newly elected board which would ensure the creation of programmes and a solid financial base for the federation.”

This structure implied partnership between different funding agencies, WFSJ and developing countries, she said.

WFSJ would offer support and the human resources for workshop programmes, awards and mentorship through its members, she said.

The conference also decided to hold its next world conference at Melbourne in Australia in 2006 and Australian science writer Wilson da Silva was declared as new president.

Jean-Marc Fleury, until recently director of communications for Canada’s International Development Research Centre, would act as the organisation’s executive director.

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