About the conference

The European Conference for Science Journalists 2017 (ECSJ2017) will be an interactive and communicative event. We will provide a media platform for streaming video and podcasting from the conference. As a new element, ECSJ2017 will offer work grants for science journalists from all over the world for the production of material during and after the conference.

Learn from experts, learn from each other

ECSJ2017 aims to inspire through activities. The conference will offer a variety of experiences, namely, speeches in plenum, workshops, training opportunities, academic and commercial field studies, as well as time for networking. In addition to traditional conference elements such as talks and debates among leading professionals, participants will interact with their peers from many nationalities and cultures. We expect lively debates on current issues among diverse professionals, including researchers, journalists, artists, teachers, politicians, and students.

New media’s potential

With the mainstreaming of the internet and social media, the lines of communication have changed, bringing new possibilities for science journalism and communication. At the 4th European Conference for Science Journalists (#ECSJ2017) these possibilities will be explored: new methods, best practices, co-creation and training.

Involving youth

Future science journalists will be ‘digital natives’ who naturally navigate in social media. #ECSJ2017 will establish a mentor/mentee programme where experienced science journalists and communicators are teamed up with aspiring professionals. It is expected that both parties will find great value in joining forces and learning from each other.

The organisers behind #ECSJ2017 have organised a competition among high school students throughout Denmark. The students will receive training in science journalism and communication and will deliver a ‘product’ to a jury of science editors. The teams behind the best work will be invited to participate in #ECSJ2017, and their stories will be published in national and international media.

Main themes

The conference will have a specific focus on the climate debate with training sessions, networking, creation of transnational investigative journalism and the best climate researchers and specialised journalists in the world. It is a unique setup which will have an important impact on the international debate on climate, sustainability and resilience. Other themes are science in social media, global development, investigative journalism and responsible communication of science.

The frontline of research

Several major European research institutions have agreed to present their hottest research straight out of the lab. During the conference, there will be a dedicated line of press briefings on new research results from all over Europe. There are options to use studios for editing and upload of stories.