World Science Forum Nov 2015 Media Call for Grants

2015-09-03 17:56:16

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 knowledge.

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 in 2019.

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 EUSJA).

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 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 year’s discussions.

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.

3. – Who can apply?
Journalists irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, place of residence and media (paper, radio, TV, web) are welcome to apply. Media accreditation will be required.
4. – Application procedure
Applications are open from Monday 7th September, 2015 12:00 pm CET at: 
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday 25th September, 2015 12:00 pm CET.
5. – Selection Committee and decision
 Tamás Simon, Head of Communications, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
 Istvan Palugyai, Science Editor, Népszabadsag
 Aidan Gilligan, Founder & CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science
The selection of candidates will be based on an applicant’s CV and a brief motivation statement of
no more than 1000 characters about being involved in WSF 2015.
A list of successful candidates will be posted online on Monday 5th October, 2015.
6. – Payment conditions
Details of accommodation and tailored press programmes will be communicated closer to the event. To a value of EUR 250 maximum including transfer fees, the travel grant will be transferred to the 12 grantees immediately after the meeting, subject to:
 Participation in the daily media briefings;
 Publishing at least one print or online press article or audio-visual feature in any
language about WSF 2015; &
 Completion of a feedback questionnaire regarding the scheme.

7. – Information
Please contact:
Aidan Gilligan, CEO, Sci-Com – Making Sense of Science
Tel: +32 474042602

We look forward to welcoming you in Budapest this November!

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