A gathering for those working in science and other research-driven factual entertainment, the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers will host its 26th edition in Brisbane from 27 – 30 November 2018.
This year’s Congress will take advantage of Australia’s top talent and its Asia Pacific proximity and include a series of craft sessions led by outstanding program-makers who will share new ideas and techniques. Other sessions will directly relate to the wider programming industry and explore pressing issues, trends and changing business models.
The overriding theme for Congress 2018 is: New Frontiers and Diverse Voices. In this context, Congress will focus on the richness of Australian and Asia Pacific cultures. Australia is a land that represents frontier territory: at the edge of the new world and home to the oldest living culture in the world.
The event will look at how the industry is tackling gender imbalance in Science/History/Factual programming worldwide and why this matters. Sessions will explore why we should be concerned beyond political correctness with the lack of representation from non-white voices and other cultures in science, history and factual.
Speakers and sessions will demonstrate how contemporary Indigenous voices are throwing new light on established histories and scientific theories. A focus will be master storytellers from the Asia Pacific region.
The Congress will also explore new frontiers of technology: new platforms and the latest interactive technologies that are revolutionising science and factual storytelling. Sessions will address the impact of technology on society, the rapid change in the way information is being broadcast and consumed the world over and what it means to be human in a data-driven world.
Pioneers at the forefront of some of the hottest topics in technology, science, archaeology and medicine will share the latest buzz in their respective fields, including artificial intelligence, robotics, solar and renewable energies, the brain, First Peoples, human migration, quantum computing, disease control and immunisation, and marine biology with a special focus on the Great Barrier Reef.
In spite of all the documentaries and TV series for the last 30 years or more, the Great Barrier Reef is threatened as never before. At Congress, attending members will discuss what new stories still need to be told, and the most creative strategies available today aimed at changing minds and bringing about policies to protect the reef.
The Congress will look at how history is commissioned and consumed internationally, and whether there is a global audience for national stories beyond national borders. And in a world where intolerance, hatred and prejudice are on the rise, attendees will examine the importance of telling history stories to new generations.
An event where smart content matters, the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers provides outstanding insight into international market trends, presenting the most successful, innovative, and talked-about factual projects and productions of the past year, while also looking ahead to the future and revealing who is watching what, where and when.
Guest post by Adam Kirkham. The 2018 WCSFP is generously supported by principal partner Screen Queensland and the Government of Queensland, host broadcasters ABC and SBS, and major government partner Screen Australia. For more information visit wcsfp.com