Calling all journalists, authors, editors, producers, public information officers, students and communicators with a passion for science, tech, engineering and mathematics! You are invited to attend the annual ScienceWriters conference, October 17-20, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.
The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) host the conference. The meeting offers several networking and professional development opportunities, including various receptions, journalism and research presentations, tour and field trips. Registration for the meeting opens August 15, 2014.
What’s more, this year attendees can apply for an NASW Diversity Travel Fellowship. Sponsored by a generous NASW Idea Grant, these awards (five at $1,000 each) were created to encourage minorities in science journalism to attend the conference.
U.S.-based underrepresented minority journalists are encouraged to apply especially African-, Hispanic-, and Native-Americans who have journalism experience in STEM, medicine, health, environment, technology, etc. STEM professionals who are interested in science communication are also eligible to apply.
Why does diversity matter in science communication? Because diverse perspectives matter. Delivering culturally relevant health, science, technology and environmental news is important and is the key to addressing disparities in access to essential services and future career opportunities in these growing fields.
More details about the application and fellowship are here. The application includes 10 survey questions and asks for a resume or CV and a 500+ word essay asking applicants to describe the importance of diversity in science communication. Preview the entire application at this link. The deadline to apply is Friday August 29 at 11:55 pm PST using this online application.
The full conference agenda is here, but here are a few highlights:
There will be opportunities to meet and interview a number of scientists, including leading Latino- and African-American scientists whose research impacts their communities and whose service works to diversify the STEM workforce.
We want to make sure individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities are aware of this great networking and professional development opportunity AND the travel fellowship. Visit and download the announcement flyer. Please share and distribute.
Hope to see you in Ohio!