Our membership is comprised of best-in-class content creators, broadcasters, distribution platforms, and the scientists, researchers, and subject-matter experts who are central figures in the projects our community produces. Working together, they bring content that’s both entertaining and informative to mass audiences around the world.
What are the outcomes of collaboration between creative and science communities?
- Improved scientific literacy and increased public engagement, particularly among young people, by making the field of science and scientific concepts more accessible and engaging.
- Advancements in science communication leading to new and effective strategies for communicating scientific ideas, concepts, and calls-to-action to the general public.
- Popularizing science and encouragement of STEM careers: entertaining science-themed programming encourages young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, helping to address the shortage of skilled STEM professionals in many countries.
- Greater understanding science’s impact on society, including the ethical and social implications of scientific advancements.
- Fostering interdisciplinary thinking, leading to new and innovative solutions to help tackle some of the world’s most complex problems.
Where can I validate the importance of creative and science communities working together?
- Research studies: There have been numerous studies that have explored the impact of creative science content on public attitudes towards science, and many have found a positive relationship between exposure to science-themed entertainment and increased scientific literacy and understanding.
- Science communicator organizations: Many organizations such the World Federation of Science Journalists and the American Association for the Advancement of Science advocate for the importance of science communication and engagement, including through entertainment.
- Government initiatives: Many governments around the world have initiated programs to support the production of science-themed entertainment, recognizing its value in promoting scientific literacy and understanding.
How can I support and improve collaboration between science and creative communities?
- Consider an organizational partnership or donation to support the WCSFP and programs such as:
- The Emerging Producers Bursary Program, which provides professional development and career advancement opportunities for a diverse array of beneficiaries
- The Ideas Salon, which supports networking between scientists and content producers looking to bring new information to mass audiences
- Attend the WCSFP and become an active member of the community
- Spread the word about our community and help welcome others
- Collaborate on projects by offering seed grants or investment for films, short content or multimedia project that communicates scientific concepts to the public.
- Volunteer your time and expertise. For example, you could volunteer to host a friend-raising networking event, identify funding opportunities, or provide strategic input to strengthen our impact.
Ready to get involved?
To discuss how you can get involved, or explore a new idea, contact Adam Kirkham, Associate Director of Partnerships at the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers at [email protected]