The World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) will return to Europe after a six-year gap. The city of Lausanne was chosen to host the 11th WCSJ from 1 to 5 July 2019 at the SwissTech Convention Center, on the campus of the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Launched by the Swiss Association of Science Journalism (ASJS), soon to be joined by its sister organizations in France (AJSPI) and Italy (SWIM), the Lausanne candidacy won the bid on 28 October 2017.
Getting together every two years, over a thousand journalists and communicators of science representing more than 60 nationalities present, defend and promote quality independent journalism in the media worldwide. Under the theme “Reaching new heights in science journalism”, the conference will be built around original forms of presentation including creative workshops, mobile debates, brainstorming discussions and tutorials.
The Lausanne candidacy has enjoyed the support of four major academic partners from the start: the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute in Lausanne, CERN, and the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva, which will offer a range of laboratory visits as well as other study tours ranging from trips to alpine research stations to tours of many Swiss and European institutions.
In addition to academic and scientific support, the Lausanne candidacy also benefits from important backing from Swiss political, media and economic actors: the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation; Presence Switzerland; the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud as well as the European Commission.