2008 World Congress of Science & Factual Producers : Florence, Italy December 1-4


The premiere event for science and history broadcast executives and producers, the WCSFP connects you with people who are informed and passionate about the craft and business of factual television. And, you can conduct business in a remarkable 2-to-1 producer-to-broadcaster environment: face-to-face meetings are easy, plentiful and productive. It's no wonder things are relaxed: the event is run by an involved member-run community for factual professionals.

Share & Learn

Leading international producers and broadcasters work collaboratively to develop a full-slate of member-produced panels and talks. This "by-the-industry and for-the-industry" model celebrates the best of the genre and explores contemporary issues without holding back nitty-gritty details (yes, panelists talk about what didn’t work as well as what did). You'll find extraordinary analysis and insight through case-studies of complex programs, feisty intellectual debates, and on-stage interviews that feature production visionaries and top network decision-makers.


For 16 years the Congress has travelled the world, visiting new cities and always welcoming new professionals into the community. Like recent editions in New York, Manchester and Tokyo, the Florence WCSFP will allow delegates a chance to explore the region's great wealth of history and culture. And, when the business day is over, grab drinks with your colleagues and have some real fun too at our lively evening events -what a concept for a television conference!


Wellcome Trust Mentoring Program for Emerging Talent


The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is pleased to announce its partnership with the Wellcome Trust in the creation of the Wellcome Trust Mentoring Program for Emerging Talent. The Wellcome Trust is the most diverse biomedical research charity in the world, with over £600 million in spending every year both in the UK and internationally to support and promote research to improve the health of humans and animals.

This annual program will offer eight promising science journalists, science broadcast producers, or scientists looking to break into the broadcast industry a unique opportunity to participate in the premiere event of its kind, with the additional benefits of mentoring and networking with the top executives and creative minds in the industry.


Through the creation of the exclusive Wellcome Trust Mentoring Program for Emerging Talent, emerging journalists, producers or scientists entering the broadcast industry will be offered a full scholarship program including travel, accommodation and unprecedented professional development and mentorship opportunities at the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, the leading industry event for science-focused producers and broadcasters. The fund will be awarded annually to four UK based applicants and four applicants from the country in which the Congress is being held, this year Italy.


Eight recipients will be awarded with:

  • Full registration for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers
  • Travel and accommodation bursary covering all costs to attend Congress
  • Mentor pairing with a senior producer or broadcaster (mentors will be culled from the WCSFP Board of Directors, Steering Committee and Session Producers)
  • Introduction at the Opening Plenary of Congress
  • Private cocktail reception for the winners, their mentors, Board of Directors, Steering Committee, Wellcome Trust delegates and other VIP guests at Congress (host broadcasters, keynote speakers etc.)


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be based either in the UK or Italy (four candidates will be selected from each region)
  • Be an emerging journalist, producer or scientist entering the broadcast industry (established professionals in these sectors are not eligible for the bursary)

To apply for the program, candidates must send an email with the following documents to mschock@hotdocs.ca before November 17th:

  • CV + Short biography
  • One page application statement detailing the applicant’s field of interest and involvement in the broadcast industry

The application should answer the following questions:

  • Are you enrolled or have you completed an academic degree-based program related to science, broadcasting, journalism, or another related field?
  • How long have you been working as a science-focused journalist, broadcaster or producer?
  • Are you a student, self-employed, or fully employed?
  • Please define your future goals regarding science communication (1 paragraph max)
  • Please write about any specific area(s) of scientific interest and how it can relate to science broadcasting and science journalism (1 paragraph max)

Applications will be reviewed by WCSFP staff for completeness and eligibility. Applications deemed complete and eligible will be submitted to a Selection Committee made up of one executive from the Wellcome Trust and one member of the WCSFP Board of Directors plus an industry professional.

Deadline: Nov 17th 2008

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