Science 2003 - You'll Love Paris

The Christmas lights are on, and the Christmas shopping is said to be great, but ...There are reasons aplenty to love Paris in December for anyone who makes or cares about the state of science programs on world television. When hundreds of producers and broadcasters of science programs converge on the City of Light for the pre-Christmas World Congress of Science Producers, December 3-6, it will be an occasion for celebration and reflection: A celebration of the achievements of science television during the past year, a wide ranging analysis of the issues confronting the genre in 2004 and beyond, and a myriad of opportunities for professionals to renew old acquaintances, make new friends, and forge creative and business relationships.

"Science Television at the Crossroads" is this year's theme, and the conference kicks off with a lively keynote address by the internationally-renowned French ethnologist Jean Malaurie, who will make a passionate argument, born of extraordinary experience and commitment, for the increasing use of the television medium to help the public understand science and scientific issues.
Some of the best practitioners -- and critics -- of the genre will participate in an intriguing and eclectic smorgasbord of debates, discussions, and Master Classes. Topics include: "Reeling Them In, by Hook or by Crook"; "Mummies on Trial: Breaking Away from the Tried and True"; "Compare Approaches -- Thrills, Spills & TV Builds"; "Great Idea -- Shame About the Producer"; "The Curse of CGI";; and much more. Details of these and many other sessions can be found here.

In addition to the all-important content- and issue-oriented sessions, the 2003 Science Congress includes unprecedented access to the gatekeepers of international science programming, in a series of sessions titled "Meet the Commissioning Editors" and a by-appointment-only luncheon strand facilitating special access to those decision makers. This year's pitching forum for producers, titled "Matchmaker,"will be precisely that -- a carefully structured opportunity for producers and commissioning editors to connect with one another (and with our delegate audience).

By special arrangement with the European Union, the Congress will include a special presentation by Philippe Busquin, European Commissioner for Research, with Europe's answer to the question of what to do about science and television. Serge Sirtzky, Editor-in-Chief of Ecran Total, will interview Mr. Busquin about the availability of grants and the objectives of the MEDIA program initiative.
Social events at the 11th Science Congress underscore the importance of this genre and this conference in the eyes of France's political and cultural leadership. The evening events take place at the Assemblée Nationale, with greetings from the President of the French Parliament, M. Jean-Louis Debré; and at the stunning Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle.

You'll love Paris in December! Check back often for regular updates. Early registration deadline: October 24.

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