Call for Research: Scouts Project

The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is seeking emerging producers to act as scouts, monitoring the output and audience impact* of science, history and specialist factual programming in their territories.

Each year, our opening What's the Buzz? session showcases the world's hottest science, history and factual content. Scouts will identify and source programs for this session, specifically long- and short-form content on any platform (TV, cable, SVOD, online, etc.) that represents what is trending, or is innovative in style or approach.

Scouts will also contact key executives in their territories, including commissioning editors, department heads and CEOs, as well as provide feedback and recommendations on the programs and projects submitted to the WCSFP.

The goal of this project is to welcome and encourage a new generation of Congress members.

Submission Requirements

  • A track record of production experience in science, history or factual genres
  • A letter of recommendation from a senior executive at their company or a senior broadcaster in the territory who is familiar with the WCSFP
  • A one-page proposal outlining your research, areas of interest, suggestions of 2016 programs or content that are interesting, innovative or representative of trends in your territory


Applications are now closed. Please direct any inquiries to [email protected].

Preference will be given, but not limited to, Scouts from underrepresented and under-served territories. Successful scouts will receive registration support for the 2016 WCSFP.

*Please note, audience impact can be judged by ratings, or "hits" and level of buzz in media/social media.

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  • Hay John

    Of all the gatherings of TV people throughout the year, Congress feels the friendliest. It's stimulating but supportive, small enough to allow proper conversations but broad enough in its reach to give you a new perspective on your own patch. And I always leave full of new ideas.

    John Hay, Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4
  • Pemberton  Sonya

    Ah, Congress. You have captured a place in my heart! Every year I juggle my daft diary to allow time for you, to see you in your stunning new location, to bathe in your sea of grand ideas alongside the clever folks who are also drawn to you. You are a splendid creation, a crafty mix of business and pleasure, challenge and inspiration. No matter my role you bring gifts, including friendships most prized. Thank you, dear Congress. I shall see you soon.

    Sonya Pemberton, Creative Director, Genepool Productions
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    Science Congress is a great opportunity to meet the world’s factual producers and broadcasters, and get the true story out of them like nowhere else!

    Thomas Viner, Creative Director, Pioneer
  • Soullier Alex Web14

    The WCSP is always a mark in my time line. A strategic moment, a great opportunity to discover the trends of the year on an international scale, and have some passionate discussions with colleagues and international broadcasters. Can't wait for the next one!

    Alexandre Soullier, Producer, Bonne Pioche Television
  • Rueckauer Ralf Web14

    WCSFP is simply the best, cutting-edge, ultimate, extraordinary, top notch, outstanding, ground-breaking, trend-setting, expert-driven factual congress in the world. I can’t wait to see all friends and peers again to set up for our pre-x-mas family style binge-watching meeting. No way to miss the buzz and fun out there every year.

    Ralf Rückauer, Vice President ZDFE.factual, ZDF Enterprises GmbH
  • Ning Mike Web15

    I had been told by my Chinese friends about the fascinating Congress sessions and that was what profoundly impressed me during the Hong Kong edition. The themes of advancing with the times, the experts and producers who really focused on them, the engrossing debate and comprehensive exchange at social events, all made me enjoy the veritably family atmosphere of Congress.

    Mike Ning, Content Operation Director, GZDOC