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Conference

UK Conference of Science Journalists 2024

Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)

This biennial conference, organized by the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW), provides science journalists and writers with professional development and networking opportunities. The 2024 conference will take place on Tuesday, October 15, at the Francis Crick Institute in London. Early bird tickets are available through the end of July, and ABSW also offers diversity scholarships for writers from underrepresented groups.
Organization

Science Media Centre

"The Science Media Centre is New Zealand’s trusted, independent source of information for the media on all issues related to research, science, and innovation." The organization helps to connect journalists and scientists, offers resources and trainings, provides networking opportunities, recognizes excellent science journalism, and more.
Conference

Communicating Discovery Science – International symposium

Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University

This symposium, sponsored by the Kavli Foundation, "aims to deepen understanding of effective public engagement around Discovery Science, also known as basic or foundational science, by exploring ways to improve the practice of communicating Discovery Science, share insights and create a supportive community for scientists and science communication practitioners focused on basic science."
Organizations

Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture in Kenya (MESHA)

"Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture in Kenya (MESHA) is an association of journalists and communicators who are specialized in environmental, agriculture, health, technology and development reporting. It is a non-partisan and not for profit making organization which has been in existence since October 2005." MESHA offers regular and student memberships, and publishes Sayansi Magazine.
Organizations

Kenya Environment & Science Journalists Association

"Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA), a non-political, professional body for environment and science journalists in Kenya, brings together science journalists in the country to encourage high standards of professionalism and to promote a science culture by developing the skills of journalists in communicating science. Some of its objectives are to form a network of science journalists, to play a role in developing skills of journalists, to monitor Kenyan policy issues on environment and science and the media on both poor and excellent science coverage."
Resource Database / Guide

EurekAlert! resources

EurekAlert!, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

This site, maintained by EurekAlert! (the news-release distribution service operated by AAAS), highlights a variety of international resources for science journalists and public information officers (PIOs). The site includes links to communities for science writers in different parts of the world, guides and best practices, articles and videos, and more.
Fellowships & Grants

Ocean Reporting Network

Pulitzer Center

"Applications are now open to join the second cohort of the Ocean Reporting Network (ORN), a fellowship program that gives professional journalists the opportunity to spend a whole year working on an in-depth or investigative ocean story. "We welcome ambitious proposals on the main ocean threats of climate change; over- and illegal fishing; biodiversity loss and pollution; and the species, ecosystems, and communities that are being impacted. But we also strongly encourage proposals on underreported topics that also deserve attention." Fellows will receive funding for their reporting, training opportunities, access to data and documents, options to collaborate with other fellows, and more. The deadline for the 2024-2025 fellowship is May 26, 2024.
Organization

Red Mexicana de Periodistas de Ciencia (RedMPC)

Red Mexicana de Periodistas de Ciencia (RedMPC) is a network of journalists, science communicators, and students seeking to strengthen science, health, and environmental journalism in Mexico and across Latin America. The organization offers networking opportunities, workshops, training sessions, mentorship, and more. It was founded in 2016 and currently has more than 170 members. RedMPC's website and communications are in Spanish.
Workshop

ComSciCon24 Flagship Workshop

ComSciCon

The 12th annual ComSciCon Flagship Workshop will be at Emerson College in Boston. ComSciCon provides graduate student attendees with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet early career leaders in science communication while also learning from, and interacting with, a remarkable group of invited scicomm experts. ComSciCon empowers future leaders in science communication to share their research and passions with broad and diverse audiences. Attendance at ComSciCon is limited to current (or recently graduated) graduate students in residence at US or Canadian institutions. International students who study at US and Canadian institutions are gladly welcomed. Recent graduates must have graduated no earlier than December 2023. The application deadline is March 22.
Newsletter

The Seedling

Uproot Project

"The Uproot Project produces a biweekly newsletter called The Seedling, which is dedicated to keeping members up to date on all things Uproot. In each issue of The Seedling, one of our members writes to our subscribers about an impactful topic or story that is relevant for the Uproot community. Past issues have touched on topics ranging from extreme heat, to climate fiction, to Bad Bunny lyrics. We also use the newsletter to share job opportunities, fellowships and grants, upcoming Uproot events, and amplifying the work of our members."
Conference

ScienceWriters 2024

NASW, CASW

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.
Conference

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.
Conference

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.
Conference

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.
Conference

Health Journalism 2024

AHCJ

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."
Conference

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.
Organization

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.
Community

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.
Conference

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.
Organizations

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.
Conference

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.
Conference

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."