April 8, 2021 Update:
We are pleased to announce that ScienceWriters2021 will be held as a hybrid event, with an in-person gathering in Boulder, Colorado, October 8-11.
The University of Colorado Boulder and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus are excited to welcome those who are able to travel to the Rocky Mountains this fall, and NASW and CASW are delighted that we will have an opportunity to gather in Colorado as a community. We are also excited to create unique, tailored virtual ScienceWriters2021 experiences in the weeks surrounding the in-person gathering for those unable or not yet ready to travel, or for those who prefer to gather virtually.
We are all committed to the safety of the science writing community and have made these plans after much careful consideration. We will remain vigilant in monitoring ongoing developments, altering plans if situations warrant, and communicating with attendees and members as the dates approach. We expect to open registration in late summer. Looking ahead, we plan to hold ScienceWriters2022 in Chicago and gather in Memphis in 2023 (instead of this year). We are incredibly grateful to our hosts in Colorado and Tennessee for their flexibility in scheduling and the deep empathy they’ve expressed over the past year.
Each year, the NASW Programs Committee works hard to develop a slate of professional development sessions that reflects the broad and varied interests of our membership — including journalists and PIO’s, staff and freelancers, media students and instructors, writers and editors, broadcasters and podcasters, and new members and veterans across all career levels.
The SciWri21 proposal submissions portal is now open with the option to propose a virtual or in-person session. Please open the submissions page for our complete instructions, recommendations, and speaker accommodation details.
Read more and submit your NASW session proposal online by April 23. Curious about what makes a great proposal? Check out this resource from the Programs Committee. And remember, you don’t have to go about it alone: gather a team or ask for introductions, and work together for a great conference pitch!
Science writers are also invited to propose special sessions to discuss challenges or issues in covering science. Drawing on current topics in the news, **"S+SW" **sessions are intended as case studies of issues at the intersection of science, science communication, and journalism. They also are intended to provide opportunities for open conversation between scientists and writers on topics that are controversial, ethically fraught, or otherwise difficult. Up to three selected sessions will be interwoven with CASW’s New Horizons in Science presentations.
Read more details and submit your S+SW proposal online here by April 30. Proposals that focus on hot topics in science, include diverse (even opposed) perspectives, voices, and identities, and allow ample time for audience engagement are encouraged. You are welcome to submit multiple proposals, but please note that you should not submit the same proposal as both an NASW session and an CASW S+SW session.