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Congress 20
Haven't registered for Congress '20 yet? We've got a lot of great reasons to secure your spot today!

  1. More content and high-profile speakers! The program will feature more than 40 sessions and Sparks of Inspiration by Dr. David Suzuki, David Olusoga and more.
  2. Returning favourites! Sessions will include many of the annual features you've come to expect, like What's the Buzz, On the Therapist's Couch, Speed Dating and Close Encounters of the Funding Kind.
  3. Topical sessions! We'll address topical issues impacting what we do and how we do it, including the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, global warming and more.
  4. Convenience! Watch the program in real-time or on demand, plus we'll have a repeating schedule in consideration of international time zones.
  5. Easy-to-use event platform! Our online platform is easy to navigate, allowing you to access the content relevant to you, as well as quickly connect with other members and arrange meetings.
  6. More interaction! Members can chat and react during online panels, and we'll have opportunities for live question and answer periods following many sessions.
  7. Expanded community! With easy access and no travel, Congress '20 will welcome more new delegates than ever. Our bursary program for emerging producers and content creators has also expanded, and we'll be offering increased content for digital creators.
  8. Social events! Congress is known for our creative, fun and memorable events and casual networking opportunities. Stay tuned for details!
  9. Sponsorship! Our digital event platform provides lots of opportunities for sponsors to reach our expanded community, including virtual exhibition space and banner advertising.
  10. Great value for more! With our lowest registration rates ever and discounts for associate members, Congress has never been so affordable! Plus, most of our content will be available to watch or re-watch until the end of January 2021.

Jana Bennett
September 17, 2020
Congress '20 is thrilled to welcome Jana Bennett OBE, who was a senior executive A&E, Discovery and BBC, to deliver this year's closing remarks. Diagnosed with brain cancer in the spring of 2019, Bennett has been open about her battle with the disease. She will speak about her personal experiences in science communication, which began as first female editor of the BBC's Horizon, continued as head of its science department, then as a broadcast executive and, most recently, patient.

David Suzuki and David Olusoga
September 10, 2020
The WCSFP is thrilled to welcome award-winning geneticist, broadcaster and environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki and British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and filmmaker David Olusoga as speakers in our Sparks of Inspiration series at this year's Congress, taking place online from December 8 to 10.

With his landmark CBC television show The Nature of Things celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Dr. David Suzuki will discuss his decades-long career fighting for a sustainable future, COVID-19 and its impact on the environment, as well as science literacy and how effective he believes the media has been in communicating science and environmental issues to large audiences.

An outspoken advocate for equal representation in television, David Olusoga will speak about the world events making history today—from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter to Trump’s America—and their impact on society and documentary filmmaking.

Both Sparks of Inspiration sessions will be produced by Craig Colby (Colbyvision Inc.)

Liz Bonnin and Trace Dominguez September 3, 2020
The WCSFP is pleased to announce that well-known BBC science, natural history and environmental broadcaster Liz Bonnin (Drowning in Plastic, Blue Planet Live) and science communicator Trace Dominguez, co-founder of Seeker, which has amassed 4.5 million subscribers and over one billion online views, will team up to host What’s the Buzz at this year’s Congress. Our annual roundup of the latest trends and technologies in science and factual, What’s the Buzz will kick off Congress ’20, taking place online December 8-10, presented with the generous support of host sponsor ARTE, the European cultural channel.

July 15, 2020

Congress has become an essential part of our lives—an annual pilgrimage for insight and inspiration that's also a hell of a lot of fun. In deciding how to proceed in this extraordinary year, three critical considerations emerged: the health and safety of members and staff; our ability to meet expectations for a productive and pleasurable event in an environment of rapidly fluctuating travel and public health restrictions; and our responsibility for the fiscal well-being of the organization—along with our desire to avoid undue financial risk for members—in this era of unprecedented uncertainty.

After weighing these considerations, the decision to move Congress '20 online was clear.

While I'm sure you all share my deep disappointment that we won't be gathering as a community in Strasbourg this December, we want to assure you that we will approach this challenge with excitement and optimism, bringing the best of our live event while enthusiastically pursuing the many benefits an online version provides. And we are excited that the online event will be presented with the generous support of host sponsor ARTE, the European cultural channel.

Congress '20 will offer the same rich and engaging slate of sessions as was planned, but delivered online with maximum flexibility and convenience. Members will be able to experience ALL our sessions this year and not have to choose between them.

Without the impediments of travel and scheduling, a broad range of expert panellists can be brought together from around the globe, and even more high-profile and influential thought-leaders will be encouraged to participate. Also, the reduced registration cost means lower financial barriers for emerging producers, online creators and colleagues from under-represented regions, and we will eagerly use this opportunity to diversify and expand our membership. 

In times like these when we're forced to be separated, the need for ideas, inspiration and a community to share them with becomes more important than ever. This is what Congress has always been about.

We hope that you join us and your colleagues online in December as we seek to provide this dynamic and essential forum for our industry.

Best wishes, 

Paul Lewis
WCSFP Conference Director