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ScienceWriters 2024


The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) will host their 2024 Science Writing conference in two parts: virtually on October 17 and 18 and in-person in Raleigh, North Carolina from November 8 through 11, 2024. This annual meeting serves science writing journalists, communicators, and other professionals with professional development sessions, updates on scientific research, networking opportunities, and more. Proposals for conference sessions are due on March 14.

SciComPt 2024 Congress

SciComPT Network

The SciComPt 2024 Congress will convene science communicators across Portugal, hosted by the SciComPt Network, University of Minho, Braga Living Science Center, and International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. Proposals for the 2024 conference sessions were due on February 9.

Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2024

International Astronomical Union (IAU)

"The Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Conference is the only large-scale, international conference for astronomy communication. The conference is targeted towards professionals from science communication, informal education, planetaria and science centres, as well as professional and amateur astronomers, journalists and creative personalities." CAP 2024 will be hosted by La Cité de l'espace, Toulouse, France.

2024 Arab Forum of Science Media and Communication

SciComm X, University of Sharjah College of Communication

"The annual Forum aims to bring together science journalists, science communicators, researchers and scientists to exchange ideas and thoughts and empower the science communication industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Also we are gathering government, private sector and non-governmental organizations dedicated to media and science communication, as well as university students studying media, journalism, and science." The 2024 Forum is the fourth annual event.
Mentor program

ScienceWrite, a U.K.-based mentoring program

"The ScienceWrite Programme, supported by the Royal Society, aims to help early-stage science writers from minoritized backgrounds - based in the UK - to advance their professional development." The program includes an in-person event and four virtual sessions, in which attendees hear from science writers in different professions and receive feedback on their work. Applications for the 2024 cohort close on December 18, 2023. Aspiring and early-career science writing folks from minoritized groups are encouraged to apply.

Health Journalism 2024


The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) will hold its annual Health Journalism Conference from June 6-9, 2024 in New York City. HJ24 will "bring together journalists, health care professionals, policymakers and experts from various fields to explore and discuss the latest trends, challenges and innovations in health journalism." The conference features "keynote speakers, interactive workshops, field trips, panel discussions and networking opportunities, providing a platform for attendees to deepen their understanding of crucial health issues and enhance their reporting skills."

Science Talk 2024

Association of Science Communicators

Science Talk is the annual conference of the Association of Science Communicators. The 2024 iteration will include virtual programming from April 3-9, and the in-person portion will take place in Portland, Oregon, on April 11-12. All attendees will have access to virtual presentations. The conference features talks, workshops, and networking about science communication projects, research, best practices, and more.

PCST Network

"The Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST Network) is an organization that promotes discussion on the theory and practice of communicating science, and of public discourses about science and technology and their role in society." Members come from a range of backgrounds, including researchers working on the theory and practice of science communication, communication staff working for research organizations, staff at science centers and museums, science journalists, and more. The PCST Network has a biennial conference and regular webinars for members.

The Uproot Project

The Uproot Project is a network of and for environmental journalists of color. It has a national membership composed of journalists from across national and regional media institutions. The Uproot Project is open to journalists of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds, but its goal is to uplift and support journalists of color who have been underrepresented in the journalism industry for far too long. The group is currently funded by and assisted operationally by Grist, a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future. The website includes a publicly available journalist database for people seeking to connect with editors, mentors, experts, sources, and other journalists of color within the environmental space.

World Conference of Science Journalists 2025

World Federation of Science Journalists

The next world conference of the World Federation of Science Journalists will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, in December 2025. The WCSJ2025 will be hosted by the South African Science Journalists Association (SASJA), in partnership with the Science Diplomacy Capital for Africa (SDCfA). Visit the conference website for updates.
Training program

Oxford Climate Journalism Network

University of Oxford, Reuters Institute

"The Oxford Climate Journalism Network (OCJN) is a programme that supports a global community of reporters and editors across beats and platforms to improve the quality, understanding and impact of climate coverage around the world. We are a programme of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford." The network has included 400 reporters and editors from over 100 countries. Applications to join the network are currently closed and will reopen in September 2024.

Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)

ABSW is "a membership association for media professionals who cover science, medicine, environment, mathematics, engineering and technology." The association offers training and networking events, mentoring, professional development, access to science writing resources, awards, and more.

Pint of Science — Global science festival

Pint of Science

"The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – mainly across bars, pubs, cafes, and other public spaces. We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out and no prior knowledge of the subject is required. We are a network of thousands of volunteers who are passionate about bringing discoveries to people and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012." The festival takes place simultaneously over hundreds of venues around the world.
Source database

Science Writers Database

The Open Notebook

The Open Notebook has developed a free, public database of journalists, writers, editors, and other communicators who cover science and related fields. This database is intended "to help people within our community find one another and diversify their networks." Editors might use it to find freelancers for specific stories, conference organizers might use it to find panelists, and journalists might use it to find collaborators for new projects, among other potential connections.

Science Journalists Association of India Conference 2023

Science Journalists Association of India (SJAI)

"The Science Journalists Association of India (SJAI) is delighted to announce its inaugural conference - a one-of-its kind symposium bringing together science journalists, communicators, scientists, technologists and policymakers with a shared purpose: To shape the future of science journalism in India. We invite journalists, communicators, students, scientists and researchers to join us this November and become a part of a crucial conduit that brings together the intricacies of science and the curiosity of the public."

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

"The Council of Science Editors (CSE) is an international membership organization for editorial professionals publishing in the sciences. Our purpose is to serve over 800 members in the scientific, scientific publishing, and information science communities by fostering networking, education, discussion, and exchange. Our aim is to be an authoritative resource on current and emerging issues in the communication of scientific information."

AMWA 2023: Medical Writing & Communication Conference

American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)

The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)'s annual conference includes training sessions and networking opportunities. Topics for the 2023 meeting include regulatory writing, health communication, scientific publications, career development, freelancing, grant writing, and more.

American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)

"The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is the resource for professional medical communicators, promoting excellence in medical communication and providing educational resources in support of that goal. Founded in 1940, AMWA is the leading professional organization for writers, editors, and other communicators of medical information." Members receive access to resources, networking opportunities, and the organization's annual conference.

American Association for the Advancement of Science: Annual Meeting 2024

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

The AAAS Annual Meeting is one of the largest science conferences in the world. As such, it typically draws many science journalists and communicators who cover meeting talks and participate in networking events, such as the Kavli Awards reception. About the 2024 meeting, AAAS President and Chair Keith Yamamoto writes: "The Annual Meeting theme, Toward Science Without Walls, will explore the consequences of barriers that currently fragment our community, separating us by discipline, approach, institution, nation, access, wealth, seniority, race, and gender. We will consider solutions, and envision a seamless ecosystem that would drive more innovative, equitable, rapid, open science and technology."

Talking Maths in Public

Talking Maths in Public is a U.K.-based conference that runs every two years for people who work in, or otherwise participate in, communicating mathematics to the public. The event is independently organized, and funded by ticket sales and grants from mathematical institutions. TMiP is run by an independent committee of people who work in different areas of math communication, and the event includes workshops provided by expert guests, discussions on varied topics, networking sessions and chances to share ideas and showcase projects. For those in the U.S., you can learn about and join an effort to create a U.S. based conference inspired by TMiP here:

Authors of Nonfiction Books in Progress

The Authors of Nonfiction Books in Progress group, created by science journalist and author Kristin Hugo, hosts free, virtual monthly meetings during which participants share progress toward their goals and exchange advice about topics such as money, agents, publishers, ethics, resources, and more. This group is for people who are writing a nonfiction, non-memoir book or are seriously ready to start the process, with a topic in mind. Most participants are science writers.

NASW mid-career mentoring videos


"In the spring of 2022, NASW’s Journalism Committee offered a Mid-Career Mentoring Program. Real-time participants attended online seminars and participated in a Slack group over the course of several months. Recordings of the seminars, which feature writers and journalists sharing expertise on topics such as negotiations and contracts, mid-career resumes, career shifts, and more, are now available below for all NASW members to learn and grow from." Note that the recordings are restricted to NASW members; you must be logged into the NASW website to view.
Mentor program

The Covering Science Slack

The Open Notebook

"The Open Notebook‘s Covering Science Slack is a diverse, supportive peer-mentoring community for local and general assignment reporters and editors. Our goal is to support journalists who do not think of science, health, or environmental reporting as their beat but want to develop their skills and confidence in including scientific information and perspectives in their stories. "This community includes local and general-assignment reporters and editors, as well as a smaller number of experienced science journalists who serve as mentors within the group. Members are invited to seek (and offer) advice on any topic related to covering science, such as how to exchange ideas on topics such as finding suitable expert sources, refining story angles, evaluating scientific studies and claims, making sense of new findings and their implications, and more."

COMPASS: Preparing Science Leaders


"Since 1999, COMPASS has supported over 8,000 scientists to communicate about their work and engage beyond lab and field. Its mission is to champion, connect, and support diverse scientist leaders to improve the well-being of people and nature. It offers training, leadership programs, and coaching and strategic support."

Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC)

A volunteer organization founded in 2007 in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, SCONC develops, supports, and promotes high-quality science communication through digital media and in-person gatherings. Members of the organization can participate in networking, attend events, and apply for awards, such as an annual science communication contest and travel fellowships to professional development conferences.