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November 1-5, Gainesville, Florida

Our friends and colleagues at the University of Florida are ready to welcome us to this beautiful part of the country and are busy preparing some terrific field trips. Your fellow members will be crafting a slate of NASW professional development workshops, and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing will be looking for scientists from all over the country to deliver talks on up-and-coming research. Stay tuned for details throughout the year and plan to join us November 1-5, 2013, in Gainesville.

Get involved with ScienceWriters2013

As part of ScienceWriters™, the National Association of Science Writers holds our annual professional development workshops, and we need members’ help to make sure that the offerings reflect the passion, interests, and needs of members. These workshops are volunteer driven, and there are two opportunities for you to get involved:

Be part of the committee


The NASW Annual Meeting Committee steers the content of our yearly professional development workshops, which are part of the annual ScienceWriters™ conference.

The committee selects from the session proposals those that represent the best professional development and discussion opportunities for our diverse membership. The chair, who is the sitting NASW vice president, leads committee discussions on the format and flow of the annual meeting and determines how proposals will be evaluated and shared. Committee members serve for about one month, from mid-March to mid-April. Committee members are expected to thoughtful, vocal, and may occasionally be invited to help with crafting special sessions. Typically, all volunteers are accepted. In the event of an overwhelming response, the chair shall select members who represent the various professions of NASW members. Committee members can attend that year’s annual meeting at the student rate.

Email with a few sentences about yourself and your interest by Thursday, February 21.

Submit a workshop proposal

Make your ideas heard: Workshops proposals due Friday, March 1

Each year the NASW workshop committee, which is composed of a diverse group of NASW members, works hard to develop a slate of professional development sessions that reflects the broad and varied interests of our membership. They are, however, limited by the number and diversity of proposals that come in. The chosen NASW workshops, which are part of the annual ScienceWriters™ meeting, directly reflect the depth, breadth, and quality of proposals received.

We need your help to ensure that educators, staff writers, freelancers, public information officers, students, writers, editors, early career, late career, new members, and veterans find something to fit their needs among the workshops. Workshops can be targeted at a specific group, e.g. a master class or newbies, or creatively crafted in such a way as to be applicable to the larger mission and themes of NASW.

To submit a proposal for the 2013 NASW Workshops, email your proposal(s) by March 1, 2013, to with subject line “Workshop Proposal 2013.” Include the following in the text of the email:

Name and affiliation of organizer
Email address
Description of the proposed workshop and format (maximum 300 words)
This is your pitch to the committee.

While we realize that applicants cannot pre-book speakers, preference will be given to those proposals with clear thought toward, and connection to, proposed speakers. Applicants are encouraged to think broadly about of speakers, seeking the best possible experts within and outside the sources field of science writing. Some funding is available for speaker travel.

Successful proposals will be notified by May 1, 2013. Details of the session and confirmed speaker list are due by mid-June. Questions? Email

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