On 28 October 2017 in San Francisco, the city of Lausanne was chosen to host the 11th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) from 1 to 5 July 2019 at the SwissTech Convention Center, on the campus of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Every two years, this gathering attracts over a thousand journalists and communicators of science representing more than 60 nationalities. 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 over the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Science Journalists, which oversees the conference series.
Press release – October 17th 2017, Lausanne
World Conference of Science Journalists 2019: Lausanne in the final race for the attribution choice
The City of Lausanne, Switzerland, is in competition to obtain the organization of the 11th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) from 1 to 5 July 2019, at the Swiss Tech Convention Center, on the EPFL/UNIL campus. This gathering attracts every two years more than a thousand journalists and scientific writers representing over 60 nationalities. The Swiss Association of Science Journalism, which made the original proposal to organize the 2019 conference, was quickly joined by its sister organizations in France and Italy, with the backing of the Lausanne Montreux Congress. The Lausanne candidature has already obtained nearly 50 partners and sponsors, including some who are active worldwide. The choice of the next host city will be made on October 28th during the next WCSJ, which will be held in San Francisco, USA.
In order to attract this conference, Lausanne has numerous positive cards to play. Thanks to the intense work of the initiators and the organizers Lausanne’s candidature has drawn widespread support from the academic, political and economic sectors of Switzerland. In addition, support has come from all over Europe, notably from the European Commission and institutions such as the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
As a celebration for the Alpine Bid to host the 2019 World Conference of Science Journalists, SwissNex San Francisco will host a fascinating event on October 26: The ClimateMusic Project will perform “Climate,” by composer Erik Ian Walker, written with the goal of communicating in an original and effective way the future impact on climate of today’s human activities.