Open Call for Applications
The Hungarian Academy of Sciences & SciCom - Making Sense ofScience Announce Grant Scheme for Journalists Attending
The 7th World Science Forum
4 - 7 November, 2015
1. – Purpose
After the highly successful 2013 World Science Forum held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences will host the 2015 biennial event themed ‘The Enabling Power
of Science’ reflecting on the capacity of science to open new paths for the improvement of human
life, business innovation and policy-making.
World Science Forum (WSF) is a global platform of science diplomacy that provides a forum for
society, scientists and policy-makers to discuss the ethical, environmental, economic and social
challenges of the world of science, and the roles and responsibilities of its stakeholders in
addressing these common challenges with the utilisation and dissemination of scientific
Encouraged by the success of the 1999 World Conference on Science, the Forum was created
on the initiative of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and is organised biennially by influential
international science-led organisations including: the United Nations Educational Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the International Council for Science (ICSU); the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS);
and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC).
Participants of the Forum are widely acknowledged scientists, Nobel Laureates, science policymakers,
government ministers, science advisors, influential R&D investors, world leaders of
science diplomacy, and representatives of the global science press from over 100 countries.
WSF is now held around World Science Day every four years in Budapest and travels to a different
country outside Europe in the interim. In 2017, it will be hosted by Jordan and returns to Budapest
The aim for WSF 2015 is to add a stronger science media presence onsite. This includes wellknown
representatives from the BBC, FT, Nature and The Lancet, amongst others, acting as
high-level panel moderators. The event is also being preceded by a EUSJA organised workshop to
which the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is also contributing 90 nights of sponsored
accommodation and free venues. (Candidates for this Call will be automatically forwarded to
WSF participation is by invitation only and is limited to 1000 delegates from over 100 countries.
The core three-day programme involves 15 interactive sessions with headline speakers from over
40 countries. WSF is also a significant Sustainability Development Goals update meeting, taking
stock of achievements made and challenges ahead, as national governments worldwide strive to
meet ambitious goals.
In addition to the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Hungary, the scientific
leadership of the country and the leaders of organising parties, speakers of the Forum include:
UN Sec Gen, Ban-ki Moon and his Health and Environment Special Envoys;
The Director General of UNESCO;
The Vice President of Iran;
The Science Ministers of South Africa and Oman;
The IAEA’s Deputy Secretary-General;
Chief Science Advisers from Ireland, Malaysia & New Zealand;
Presidents of Academies, National Agencies, Universities, Research Organisations etc.
plus business leaders and young researchers.
WSF 2015 marks a new departure in opening up the 6 Plenary and 9 Thematic Sessions to
greater scrutiny and interaction. For example, science for sustainable development; building
climate resilience; tackling emerging diseases; the latest brain research; disaster risk reduction;
science governance in Africa, science for peace or confidence in science are just some of this
The contribution of science to policy-making will be discussed in the House of Parliament of
Hungary, providing insights into the latest developments and procedures of scientific policy-advice.
Leading scientists, researchers, elected officials, policy-makers and science counselors from all
over the world will be joined by more business people, entrepreneurs and innovators, and science
and technology communicators than ever before. Our aim is to offer a platform whereby print and
audio-visual journalists, editors, bloggers and social media can discuss and report on the latest
scientific developments and thinking worldwide.
SciCom – Making Sense of Science is an international company and consulting practice serving
as an educator, leader, spokesperson and hub for like-minded professional groups striving to
advance science around the world. In 2014, it was chosen as the Media Partner for WSF 2015
with specific responsibility for assisting in the identification of speakers, moderators and particularly
‘hot topics’ to help raise significant conference visibility.
2. – The scheme
In addition to ample interviewing opportunities, these 12 media will be provided with:
Free conference registration;
Free accommodation from 4 – 7 November inclusive;
Free onsite catering;
Free access to all programme and side-event activities, &
A lump sum of EUR 250 towards proven travel costs.