The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) has revealed two additional headline speakers for the forthcoming digital edition of the conference.
Slated to take place in Strasbourg, France in early December, WCSFP was in July forced to move its physical event online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The digital conference will now take place from December 8 to 10.
Joining the Congress ’20 line-up are Canadian geneticist and environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki (pictured) and British-Nigerian historian, producer and television presenter David Olusoga.
Suzuki, whose CBC series The Nature of Things celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, will take center stage to discuss his environmental activism that stretches over decades and the devastating impacts that COVID-19 has had on the environment. He will additionally peel the curtain back on how effective he believes the media industry has been in communicating science and environmental issues to mass audiences.
“For decades Dr. David Suzuki has entered the homes of Canadians through his popular CBC TV and radio programs, educating audiences about environmental conservation and promoting the importance of sustainable living,” said Paul Lewis, conference director for the WCSFP, in a statement. “A national treasure who has earned worldwide recognition for his work, we’re really looking forward to his comments on the media’s role in educating the public about science and environmental concerns, and how this uncertain time can be seen as an opportunity to shift our behavior to live more harmoniously with nature.”
Olusoga, who recently delivered the Edinburgh TV Festival’s MacTaggart Lecture, will look to tackle the events currently making history, from COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter to Trump’s America, and how these issues are directly impacting the documentary filmmaking community.
“An expert on military history, race and slavery, we’re very pleased to welcome David Olusoga, one of the UK’s foremost historians, to speak at this year’s Congress,” added Lewis. “A passionate and dedicated voice pushing for inclusivity and diversity in the British television landscape, we’re looking forward to his comments on the critical global issues the world is facing today.”
Olusoga will be interviewed by Fatima Salaria, the former Channel 4 executive who was recently appointed managing director of Fremantle-backed Naked Television.
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