The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) has provided further details of its online event in December, with two headline speakers revealed.
Geneticist and environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki – who is also behind CBC show The Nature Of Things – will discuss his decades-long career while British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and filmmaker David Olusoga, speak about world events making history today, including Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter.
Olusoga, who recently blasted the UK TV business for creating a “lost generation” of black talent, will be interviewed by Fatima Salaria, who served as head of specialist factual for Channel 4 in the UK before moving to become MD of Freemantle-owned Naked this summer.
“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.
“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.”
Lewis added: “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.
“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.”
The WCSFP will take place online this year from 8-10 December.