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Mayim Bialik and Jonathan Cohen

September 9, 2021

The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is pleased to announce that Mayim Bialik, celebrated actor, author, neuroscientist and podcaster will appear at this year’s Congress. Well-known to audiences for her award-winning role on TV’s The Big Bang Theory, Bialik studied neuroscience at UCLA and earned a PhD in the field in 2007. Most recently, she was named a permanent co-host of the international quiz show phenomenon Jeopardy!, now in its 38th season. Bialik will be joined by Jonathan Cohen, the co-creator, co-host and executive producer of her mental health podcast Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown. Together, they will present a Spark of Inspiration about their incredible journey of healing and well-being based on science and personal experience. The session will be moderated by award-winning science communicator Trace Dominguez.

Mayim Bialik is most recently known for her award-winning role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory. During her nine-year run on the show, she received two Critics Choice Awards, four Emmy Award nominations and a SAG Award nomination. Following the iconic show ending, Bialik signed a multi-faceted deal with Warner Bros. TV Group which includes a two-year production deal for her production company, Sad Clown Productions. Mayim has additionally taken on the role of TV show host in stepping into the legendary shoes of the late Alex Trebek to co-host Jeopardy!. Outside of the realm of television, she’s written her first screenplay titled As Sick As They Made Us; which recently wrapped production in New Jersey. Bialik is also directing the film which stars Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman, Candice Bergman, her Big Bang co-star Simon Helberg and Dianna Agron. From playing the young version of Bette Midler’s character in Beaches to her turn as Blossom Russo in the iconic ‘90s sitcom Blossom, Bialik has appeared in numerous beloved roles throughout her dynamic acting career. In 2020, she launched her podcast on mental health titled Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown, which has become a notable forum for both talent and intellectuals to discuss the important role mental health plays in all of us. An acclaimed author, Bialik has written two #1 New York Times best sellers, Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, and Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. She has also written a parenting book, Beyond the Sling, and a cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table. Bialik is a frequent contributor to a variety of Jewish publications and is syndicated through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and 70 Faces Media, writing and recoding videos about all things Jewish. Following the end of Blossom, Bialik left acting for 12 years to earn a BS in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2000 with a minor in Hebrew & Jewish Studies. She went on to complete her PhD in Neuroscience, also at UCLA, in the fall of 2007.

Jonathan Cohen, co-creator, executive producer, and co-host of the Mayim Bialik's Breakdown podcast, is a writer, poet, producer, father, and futurist who imagines and designs new applications of technology. Jonathan started his career writing and producing before joining a global innovation and design firm where he built a storytelling and communications department that delivered insight, strategy, and experiences for Fortune 300 brands. Currently, Jonathan is also the co-founder of Lotic AI, a behavior change system seeking to increase self-knowledge while connecting the mind and the body. With over two decades of training in mindfulness and healing, Jonathan finds ways to fuse storytelling and somatic experience. Cohen and Bialik met 10 years ago at a birthday party and began a connection fueled by shifting the collective understanding of mental health and emotional well-being. Jonathan’s formal education includes a BFA from the University of Victoria and an MFA from The American Film Institute’s Conservatory.

Ronx Ikharia and Justin Shaifer

August 26, 2021

The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is pleased to announce that television presenter and emergency medicine doctor Dr. Ronx Ikharia (The Unshockable Dr. Ronx, BBC3), and Justin “Mr. Fascinate” Shaifer, a rising star in STEM education and advocacy with appearances on WGBH, Travel Channel, TEDx and social media, will team up to host this year's What's the Buzz. Both with an inspirational background story, the unique life experiences of each host have shaped their perspective as a science communicator. An exciting video review from around the world of the latest trends and technologies in science and factual, What’s the Buzz will kick off Congress '21, which will be held online November 30-December 2, presented with the generous support of host partner ARTE GEIE and major partner Wellcome.

Dr. Ronx Ikharia trained as an emergency doctor in the UK after working as an Expedition Field Medic in India. A trans nonbinary doctor, they describe themselves as a queer, black, androgynous intersectional feminist. Extremely community focused, Dr. Ronx uses their personal life story to inspire others. They volunteer their time to give inspirational talks, using their life experience to encourage and motivate young people to think about their desired future careers positively. A captivating speaker, they grab the attention of young minds with their humour, enthusiasm, encouragement and approachable nature. Dr. Ronx’s first children’s TV presenting job was Operation Ouch! on CBBC in 2012. In 2020, they worked on the BBC3 program The Unshockable Dr. Ronx and filmed their second series of Operation Ouch with Maverick TV. Dr Ronx also presented the highly acclaimed Channel 4 investigative documentary Is Covid Racist?, which looks at why Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic NHS workers have been hit harder by Covid-19. In 2021, Dr. Ronx had two poignant and important documentaries air: The Truth About Boosting Your Immune System on BBC One, which looks at how we can defend ourselves against Covid-19 and how to boost your strength during cold and flu season; and the Channel 4 documentary Are Women the Fitter Sex?, which asks why more men are being affected by Covid-19 than women. Dr Ronx can also be seen presenting Series 9 of Operation Ouch! on CBBC.

A rising star in STEM education and advocacy, Justin "Mr. Fascinate" Shaifer is a LinkedIn Top Voice in Technology with a talent for inspiring Generation Z. Far from camera shy, Justin has hosted science TV shows with WGBH, Travel Channel and Al Roker Entertainment. Justin’s goal "to be for STEM what ESPN is for sports" and to inspire young people to "embrace their inner nerd despite their surroundings," springs from his own life experience. Self-taught and fascinated by science, Justin earned scholarships from NASA and NOAA that covered 100 per cent of his tuition and room and board at Hampton University. Justin graduated with a degree in marine and environmental science, earning the department's highest GPA while also serving as student body president. Inspired to pay his success forward, Justin co-founded the STEM Success Summit, a large-scale conference for diverse STEM students that secured sponsorship from Best Buy and General Motors. Kickstarting his professional speaking career with a popular TEDx Talk How to Speak Generation Z, Justin continues to reach millions with his content, keynotes and workshops, and his work has been featured in Forbes, Variety, Essence and other media. Justin regularly speaks to corporate stakeholders, students and educators around the world about innovative technology, Gen Z and recruiting diverse STEM professionals. From "Innovative Tech and The Future of Society" to "How to Speak Gen Z" his keynotes earn rave reviews while changing the way we see science, STEM and innovators.

July 29, 2021

Secure your spot for Congress '21, taking place online from November 30 to December 2, presented with the generous support of host partner ARTE GEIE and major partner Wellcome.

This year's event will feature a robust program of online sessions and panels, dynamic virtual networking, on-demand access to recorded content, and more!

Plus, registered members will have the chance to attend in-person social networking hubs in six international cities, subject to local health and safety regulations and guidelines. Plans include a central hub in Strasbourg, with local support, as well as additional locations in Canada, the USA, the UK, Asia and Australia. Cities and details to come!

Save today with early bird pricing, group rates, or special rates for emerging producers and students.

June 10, 2021

Submissions are now open for The Buzzies, celebrating excellence in science and factual storytelling. There are awards for long, short and multiplatform formats, individual achievements, and innovation and impact.

Winners will be announced during the 2021 event, which will take place November 30 to December 2 as an hybrid event with online sessions and live networking events.

Each winner will ​receive a signature statue and registration for a future Congress.

All who submit are eligible for a Congress '21 registration discount.

December 11, 2020

Our first online edition of Congress is a wrap! The dynamic three-day event welcomed a record number of 1,248 members from more than 50 countries. Thank you to host partner ARTE, the European cultural channel; signature partner PBS, PBS International and NOVA; and major partner Wellcome; as well as all the partners, session producers, speakers, and staff who made the event a success.

During the event, we announced the winners of the inaugural edition of The Buzzies, our awards celebrating excellence in science, history and factual storytelling. Winners include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Alison Leigh
  • Emerging Producer of the Year - Alexandria Christos
  • Mentor of the Year - Melanie Wallace
  • Diversity Leadership Award - Akanksha Sood Singh
  • Best Science Communicator - Vanessa Hill