February 18, 2021
THE FUTURE OF THE POPULAR SCIENCE FILM IN RUSSIA, MARCH 4
The Contemporary Science Film Festival (CSFF) together with a group of independent directors and producers and the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers will hold a round table on the development of the science film in Russia and around the world. The event will take place on March 4, 2021 from 6 pm to 8 pm in a hybrid format.

The aim of the round table is to draw the public's attention to the issues of the science film in Russia, to discuss the future development of the genre and the prospects for the Russian popular science films' entry into the international markets as well as support for independent projects.

The round table will be attended by:

  • Paul Lewis, Conference Director of the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers
  • Svetlana Maksimchenko, Head of the Cinematography Department of the Russian Ministry of Culture
  • Svetlana Kolosova, Director of the Documentary Film Directorate of the Channel One Russia
  • Ivan Semenov, scientific editor of the “Nauka” channel
  • representatives of the Gorky Film Studio and the Russia-K TV channel
  • Alexandra Barshchevskaya, Vice-President of the Skolkovo Foundation
  • Sergey Filippov, Head of the Popularization Directorate of the Rusnano Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs
  • Pavel Pechenkin, President of the International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana and a documentary film director

Directors and producers Ekaterina Eremenko, Yulia Kiseleva, Irina Zhuravleva, Svetlana Rezvushkina and organizers of the Russian science film festivals Irina Belykh (CSFF), Kapitolina Dolgikh and Sergey Polishchuk (Future.doc) will discuss their current projects and the key challenges facing the popular science film.

Irina Belykh, The Contemporary Science Film Festival Programming Director will moderate the discussion.



Sanjay Gupta, Richard Engel, Miles O'Brien, Juju Chang
October 29, 2020
ALL-STAR JOURNALISTS IN COVERING COVID SESSION
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is pleased to announce a panel of all-star journalists who will be participating in the session Covering COVID: Lessons from the Hot Zone. Moderated by ABC News Nightline’s co-anchor Juju Chang, the panel features CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, and PBS NewsHour’s national science correspondent Miles O’Brien. These esteemed journalists will share their stories from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss what they've learned from their unique perspective inside our generation's biggest science story.



Bill Gates
October 22, 2020
BILL GATES TO SPEAK AT CONGRESS
Congress '20 is delighted to welcome Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Gates has been a leading voice in the fight against COVID-19 and the foundation has provided funding to improve detection, isolation and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations in Africa and South Asia; accelerate the development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics; and minimize social and economic impacts of the virus.


This keynote address will be moderated by medical journalist Dr. Mercy Korir.



Luisa Neubauer
October 22, 2020
LUISA NEUBAUER TO JOIN DR. DAVID SUZUKI
Climate activist, author and leader of the "Fridays For Future" school strike movement Luisa Neubauer, will join us for Congress '20. Luisa will take part in a Spark of Inspiration with Dr. David Suzuki to discuss the fight for a sustainable future. The session will be hosted by science broadcaster and author Ziya Tong.




Dr Anthony Fauci
October 1, 2020
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI TO SPEAK AT CONGRESS
Congress '20 is thrilled to welcome Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and top medical advisor to the White House. One of the lead members of the Trump administration's White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Fauci will speak to members about the battle to fight the pandemic and the relationship between science and the public.


Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. As the long-time chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, Dr. Fauci has made many seminal contributions in basic and clinical research and is one of the world’s most-cited biomedical scientists. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.



Jana Bennett
September 17, 2020
JANA BENNETT TO DELIVER CONGRESS '20 CLOSING REMARKS
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.



Jana Bennett is currently a member of the board of the British Library and the Pew Research Center, member of the board of the Headlong Theatre Company, and Adviser to Ozy Media. Previously, she was President and General Manager of History and H2 at A+E Networks in New York. In 2013, she joined A+E Networks as President of The Biography Channel and Lifetime Movie Network and went on to launch the FYI network. Prior to joining A+E Networks she was President of BBC Worldwide Networks and Global BBC iPlayer, where she was responsible for BBC Worldwide's television channels, which operate in more than 100 countries, and the development and roll out of the commercial global iPlayer. Bennett was also Worldwide's managing director for Latin America, overseeing the company's businesses in the region. She sat on Worldwide's executive board and on the board of UKTV, Britain's second largest pay-TV group. She took up this role in 2011, after moving from the BBC's UK public service where she had been Director of Vision at the BBC from 2006. As Director of BBC Vision, she headed "the largest multi-media production, commissioning and broadcast group of its kind in the world," with overall responsibility for BBC Television and its online services, BBC Films and BBC Productions. In 2002 she was appointed BBC Director of Television. In her position as leader of the BBC’s television service, Jana Bennett steered the BBC TV portfolio through its transition into the mainstream digital age and promoted landmark science series and coverage of climate change. In 2000 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her work in science broadcasting.



David Suzuki and David Olusoga
September 10, 2020
DR. DAVID SUZUKI & DAVID OLUSOGA TO SPEAK AT CONGRESS '20
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
POPULAR BBC HOST LIZ BONNIN AND YOUTUBE SCIENCE SENSATION TRACE DOMINGUEZ TO HOST WHAT’S THE BUZZ
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.