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Veronique Morin, president
of the World Federation
of Science Journalists
A World Federation of Science Journalists has been launched to help science writers from across the globe improve their professional skills, with a special focus on the needs of young journalists.

The new organisation was announced this week at the Third World Congress of Science Journalism in São José dos Campos, Brazil. It aims to "serve as a bridge between scientists and the public, and promote a new world culture of science journalism based on the principle of civil society and democracy".

Proposed activities include training courses for journalists in different media, and visits to research centres to give journalists firsthand experience of research and the way that it is carried out.

"Our main task now is to raise funding to begin our activities", says vice-president Werner Hadorn from Switzerland. The first activity of the new federation, which will operate from the offices of the European Science Foundation, in Strasbourg, France, will be to set up a website.

Further information is available from Véronique Morin, the president of the federation, on [email protected].

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Constitution of the World Federation of Science Journalists  PDF document

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