Open Call for Journalists Grant Applications





The Hungarian Academy of Sciences  & the European Union of Science Journalists’ AssociationAnnounce Grant Scheme for Journalists Attending the 9th World Science Forum in Budapest, 20-23 November 2019


The 2019 World Science Forum (WSF) will take place between 20-23 November in Budapest under the title “Science, Ethics and Responsibility”. Speakers of the Forum will discuss the most pressing issues of the new technological revolution that have the potential to radically transform human life. With the new wave of transformative technological breakthroughs in biological engineering, digitization, nanotechnology and the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the scope and powers of science have widened and so did the responsibilities of funding, discovering and sharing them.

This year the central theme will be providing an opportunity for the considerations of scientists, policy-makers, society, industry and leading science journalists to be challenged from an ethical standpoint in the plenary sessions and allow for more technical debates over issues of science in thematic sessions. The flow of traditional plenary sessions will be completed by keynote lectures of most eminent scientists focusing on recent and inspiring discoveries and new approaches that will be or are already shaping our future.

The World Science Fora are organised as a joint effort of UNESCO, the International Science Council (ISC), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), TWAS – the World Academy of Sciences and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) as the host of the 2019 event and the organisation that initiated the WSF series in 2003.

The 2019 conference is an opportunity to celebrate the 1999 UNESCO World Conference on Science, the first gathering of the world’s governments and the international scientific community to prepare a new ‘social contrac

t’ for science for the twenty-first century. With the transformative technological developments of the last 20 years, we believe it is time to reinforce our commitment towards the responsible and ethical use of scientific knowledge and to present the emerging challenges scientists and policy-makers are facing in this new era.

Outstanding scientists and leading policy-makers from all over the world will be joined this year by more science and technology communicators than ever before. The aim of this call is to strengthen science media presence onsite. This includes representatives from Science and Nature amongst others.

Join us between 20-24 November in Budapest or follow the events of WSF online if you would like to be part of the exciting debates of WSF2019.

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What we offer:

Following the application deadline, we will select 5 journalists from among the applicants who will be provided with free accommodation. International media, in general, can request WSF participation at their own expense via the WSF homepage or the further information details below.

In addition to ample interviewing opportunities, these 5 journalists will be provided with:

  • Free accommodation from 20 – 24 November
  • Free conference registration
  • Free onsite catering
  • Free access to all programme and side-event activities

What we require:

  • Participation during daily media briefings
  • At least one written or online press article or audio-visual material in any language relating to the WSF

Application requests

  • Name, association, media, e-mail, mobile, CV
  • Short description ½ page on what output you expect from WSF 2019

Selection Committee members

  • Jens Degett, President of EUSJA
  • Istvan Palugyai, President Emeritus of EUSJA
  • Kristof Vajda, Head of WSF Press, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Applications open from: Now

Application deadline:  4. October

Submit to: with CC to 

Further Information:

About Jens Degett

President of EUSJA, and also working on a science media platform called ScienceStoriesDK See website: Former chair of the Danish Science Journalists, former director of Communication and Information at ESF and one of the founding fathers of WFSJ and ESOF. Worked 30+ years in printed and electronic media, but also as communication officer in large international organisations. Here is an article about my early career: