Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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Who can attend?

Registration for the NASW annual workshops portion of the ScienceWriters meeting is open to members and a limited number of non-members. Registration for the New Horizons portion of the meeting is open to science writers and science-writing students. Registration opens on August 4.

What does it cost?

Attendance at ScienceWriters is subsidized to keep your costs low.

NASW Workshops fees

Registration opens on August 4.
Attendance at the workshops is heavily subsidized by NASW and remains the same low rate as last year. Thank you for attending!

Member rate
$200 until September 4. Get your earlybird discount!
$225 September 5 thru close of registration on September 24.
Student member rate
$75 thru close of registration on October 10.
Non-member rate (non-refundable)
$425 thru close of registration on October 10.

CASW’s New Horizons in Science Briefings

New Horizons is hosted by a consortium of San Antonio science organizations led by Penn State
Free!

Accommodations

ScienceWriters2019 will be held at the Nittany Lion Inn on the campus of Penn State.

We have secured a discounted rate of $145/night plus tax for the Nittany Lion Inn. To get this discount and learn more, visit the the Travel page when registration opens on August 1.

Optional field trips and pre-conference sessions

Most field trips will be free. Some will have a modest fee. For details visit, view the "Hosted events and tours" tab on the Schedule page when registration opens on August 1.

How can I apply for a Travel Fellowship?

Several types of travel fellowships are available. These will be announced at sciencewriters2020.org in late June, and applications will be due August 15.

Are there volunteer opportunities?

NASW student members interested in volunteering can help out at the meeting for a few hours in exchange for free registration. To commit, email workshops@nasw.org. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and you must be an NASW student member.

How do I register?

All registration is handled securely online. We apologize that mail or phone in registrations are not accepted. Registration begins August 4 and closes on September 24. In order that we may keep our costs low by ensuring an accurate count, NO late or on-site registrations are accepted.

Where can I locate a roommate to share travel expenses?

We've set up a Facebook page to help you see who's coming and post inquiries like this. You can also tweet #sciwri20_room. This is not an official roommate matching service, but rather an informal place for you to connect with other attendees.

Do you accept late registrations?

In order that we may keep our costs low by ensuring an accurate count, NO late or on-site registrations can be accepted. Registration begins August 4 and closes on September 24. Please avoid disappointment (and save $!) by registering early.

How is the content chosen?

The NASW professional development workshops are chosen by a committee of members from proposals submitted by members in March of each year and organized by volunteers. The scientific sessions for the New Horizons in Science Briefings are chosen solely by program director Wayt Gibbs. The program draws speakers from around the country, including a portion from the host institution.

How do I register for the Annual Awards event?

Advance registration is required for the Annual Awards luncheon, which will take place on Saturday, October 10. Registration begins online on August 4. Join your colleagues to congratulate the winners of NASW's Science in Society Awards, CASW's Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting, and the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists.

Which meals are included?

When registration opens on August 4, we will note which meals are included in the schedule.

What if my question is not answered here?

For questions regarding the professional development workshops, contact workshops@nasw.org or 510-647-9500. For questions about the New Horizons in Science briefings, contact programs@casw.org or 617-702-2798.