Many participants of the two editions of the school started discussing in Belgrade and in Podgorica about working together to improve the «quality of critical and ethical science coverage in the media» in the Balkans and South East Europe.
The formal establishment of the Balkan Network of Science Journalists took place in June 2016 in Erice, and then in July 2016 in Manchester, and was immediately followed by the application to join the World Federation of Science Journalists, that today announced it was accepted.
Kudos for the good work done, and best wishes for the future work!
Its origins go back to PCST2012 conference in Florence, Italy, where UNESCO convened “Panel Discussion: Science Communication in the South East European Region – Overview of the Current Situation and Quality and Accountability of Science Communication” that brought some of us together for the first time.
An e-mail group and links made there carried on, and other science journalists joined along the way, at numerous meetings. Two schools of science journalism were held in Belgrade, Serbia in 2013 and Podgorica, Montenegro 2014, where the network grew and improved.
The network was formally founded at International School of Science Journalism, in Erice, Italy, in June 2016 and at the 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists, in Manchester, UK, in July 2016.