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1st West Africa science journalists conference (WASJC)

In order to promote the role of science journalists in science, society and media and a dialogue on the role of science and technology in society and public policy, Benin association of science journalists and communicators will hosts the 1st West Africa Science Journalists Conference (WASJC), from 26 to 28 November 2012, in Cotonou, Benin, in partnership with Nigeria, Niger, Togo national science journalists associations.

The conference will focus on the role of science journalism in sustainable development. The meeting will bring together about 100 science journalists, science communicators, researchers, scientists, academics, research centers, scientific communication agencies, organizations of research funding and students from West African countries. National association will bring their members to participate to the conference.

Science Journalism is not yet entrenched in most media outlets across Africa. AJCSB believes the needs and demands placed on science journalists in Africa are growing, and science journalists should play a role in sustainable development.

The event aims to promote the role of science journalists in science, society and media and a dialogue on the role of science and technology in society and public policy. In Cotonou, participants will all interact with the best of West Africa and world science journalists and science communicators, and discuss how science journalism will boost sustainable development in the region face with multiple problems especially poverty. All this to achieve a common purpose: ever more quality and quantity science story in West Africa.

The theme of the conference is:“Science journalism as driving force of sustainable development in West Africa”. The conference programme and speakers presentations will be available on the conference (http://ajcsb.org/wasjc/ )and AJCSB (www.ajcsb.org ) website before November 10, 2012. Daily updates will be communicated via Twitter and facebook.