Mr Wilson da Silva

Science Journalist, Author and Documentary Maker

Wilson da Silva has had a long career as a science journalist, editor and filmmaker. He is a co-founder of Cosmos Media, the celebrated publisher of the science magazine COSMOS, and served as Editorial Director and Editor-in-Chief for nine years. He led editorial development and launch of 13 publications in print and online for the company – among them, Green Lifestyle, Australia’s first eco-living title – and helped Cosmos Media win a total of 55 awards for journalism, publishing, sustainability and innovation.

A former president of the World Federation of Science Journalists, he is the winner of 31 journalism and film awards - including two Editor of the Year trophies for his work on COSMOS,  the Human Rights Award for Print Journalism and the AFI Award for Best Documentary for The Diplomat, a film on East Timor centred on Nobel Peace laureate José Ramos Horta. 

He’s also served as president of the Australian Science Communicators, on the board of the Australian Society of Authors, as Chair of the Prize Jury of SCINEMA Film Festival, and as a Judge of the Eureka Award for Science Journalism. 

A former on-air TV science reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corp, he has been a foreign correspondent for Reuters - serving in Canada, Indonesia and Australia - and a former science editor for Australia's highest-rating news site, ABC Online. He began his career as a staff journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald and later became a technology writer for The Age, Australia's oldest quality newspapers. He’s also served as a Sydney correspondent for New Scientist magazine, and was a founding editor of the science magazines Newton, 21C and Science Spectra.

Mr da Silva has made hundreds of TV and radio appearances on topics ranging from climate change and the green economy to bird flu and space travel, including the Today Show, Sunrise, and The Science Show on ABC Radio National. He has been profiled in The Conversation Hour with Richard Fidler, and In Conversation with Robyn Williams, both on ABC Radio, and in Good Weekend magazine’s popular ‘Two of Us’ section along with COSMOS co-founder Dr Alan Finkel.

He’s spoken at scores of conferences, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego and Vancouver, the UNESCO World Science Forum in Budapest, the EuroScience Open Forum in Munich, the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 in Canada, the Festival of Ideas in Adelaide and the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Mr da Silva has donated his time to many science education and communication projects over the years. Under his leadership as president (2004-07), the World Federation of Science Journalists grew from a loose network into a global non-profit organisation with a multi-million dollar program that trains science journalists in Africa and the Middle East. He is a founder of Science in the Pub, a popular public event which has been staged nationally and internationally and is occasionally broadcast on Australia's ABC Radio, and for which he was a co-winner of the 2000 Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science.

Mr. da Silva is passionate about science, the environment, and the role of journalism in a civil society, and believes that with determination and ingenuity we can solve many of the world's most pressing problems.