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Open Call for Applications: Travel & Accommodation Grant Scheme for 25 Journalists

8th World Science Forum Jordan, 7 - 11 November, 2017

1. – Purpose
After the highly successful 2015 World Science Forum held in Budapest, Hungary, the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan will host the 2017 biennial event themed 'Science for Peace'. Organising partners include the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA); the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); the International Council for Science (ICSU); the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS); the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC); the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP).

Encouraged by the success of the 1999 World Conference on Science, and in the spirit of the Declaration then issued by WCS, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in partnership with UNESCO and ICSU, initiated an event held every second year called World Science Forum, which has since grown to become a leading global science policy gathering. Since 2013, the Forum has begun to alternate between its original home in Budapest and other locations around the world. Four years after a successful meeting in Rio de Janeiro, World Science Forum is coming to Jordan.

In 2001, UNESCO assigned the 10th of November each year as World Science Day for Peace and Development and numerous events take place promoting the value of science and scientific careers. WSF is now timed to coincide with World Science Day and forms a key part of its activities.

Hosted at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, located at the lowest point on earth on the shores of the Dead Sea, WSF 2017 is expected to be the largest event in the series so far, with over 2,500 delegates from approximately 100 countries. The over-riding aim of WSF 2017 is to create the first scientific open forum in the Middle East to advance global thinking and to support action on critical issues such as: Energy and Water; Food; Climate Change; the Alleviation of Poverty and Inequality; Cultural Understanding Between Peoples and the Creation of Wealth and Opportunity Within All Societies.

WSF 2017 also serves as a significant G77 Sustainability Update meeting around World Science Day for Peace & Development as we engage the world of science and redefine the global potential of scientific communities and policymakers to bring real change to our interlinked societies.

Speakers and panelists comprise of distinguished and carefully chosen thought-leaders from around the world, drawn from science, academia, government, policy and industry.

WSF 2017 is expanding to include 8 main plenaries focussed on pressing global issues around the main conference theme. These are further backed up by 15 thematic sessions looking at specific technical aspects, while the breadth and depth of conference partners and invited civil society and policy-making groups are reflected in over 10 special sessions. In addition, WSF 2017 will have a strong exhibition focus with poster sessions, stands and thematic side-events, plus a vibrant social programme.

Leading scientists, researchers, elected officials, policy-makers and science counsellors from all over the world will be joined by more business people, entrepreneurs and innovators, and science and technology communicators than ever before.

SciCom – Making Sense of Science is an international company and consulting practice serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and hub for like-minded professional groups striving to advance science around the world. As in WSF 2015 Budapest, SciCom will be the WSF 2017 Jordan, International Media Partner with responsibility for assisting in the identification of speakers, moderators and particularly 'hot topics' to help raise conference visibility, while managing the onsite press programme.

One of the main objectives of WSF 2017 is to build links between media and delegates. Our aim is to offer a platform whereby print and audio-visual journalists, editors, bloggers and social media can rub shoulders with speakers and delegates to discuss and report on the latest scientific, policy and civil society developments worldwide.

To further encourage this, SciCom – Making Sense of Science and the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan will jointly facilitate the attendance of up to 25 international science journalists at WSF 2017. (Note that media can request WSF participation at their own expense via the online registration pager). The open call for applications is being coordinated with the World Federation of Science Journalists, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, representing 55 science journalists' associations of science and technology journalists from Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. 

2. – The scheme
In addition to ample interviewing and press point opportunities, successful candidates will be provided with:

  • free conference registration;
  • free accommodation from 7 - 11 November inclusive;
  • free onsite catering;
  • free access to all programme and side-event activities; &
  • a lump sum of maximum €350 towards proven travel costs.

3. – Who can apply?
Journalists, irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, place of residence and media (paper, radio, TV, web) are welcome to apply. Media accreditation will be required.

4. – Application procedure
Applications are open from Monday 4th September, 2017 12:00 pm CET and accessible by filling out the online form here:

On submitting an application form for travel grants, candidates agree to the full acceptance of the rules and to the decisions taken by the Selection Committee.
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday 22nd September, 2017 12:00 pm CET.

5. – Selection Committee and decision
The Selection Committee is composed of:

  • Her Royal Highness, Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Co-Chair WSF 2017 & President, Royal Scientific Society of Jordan;
  • Aidan Gilligan, Founder & CEO, SciCom – Making Sense of Science; &
  • Damian Chalaud, CEO, World Congress of Science Journalists.
  • The selection of candidates will be based on an applicant's CV and a brief motivation statement about being involved in WSF 2017.
  • A list of successful candidates will be posted online at on Monday 2nd October, 2017.

6. – Payment conditions

To a value of €350 maximum including transfer fees, the travel grant will be transferred to the 25 grantees immediately after the meeting, subject to:

  • Mandatory participation in the daily press briefings;
  • Publishing of at least one print or online press article or audio-visual feature in any language about WSF 2017;
  • Provision of a one-page event report in English; &
  • Completion of a feedback questionnaire regarding the scheme.

7. – Information

For further information, please contact Aidan Gilligan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Link to the World Science Forum 2017 Jordan website:

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