Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Submit a “Science + Science Writing” session proposal to CASW by March 1

Science writers are invited to propose a special session to discuss challenges or issues in covering science at ScienceWriters2020. Drawing on current topics in the news, CASW's Science +Science Writing sessions are intended as case studies of issues at the intersection of science, science communication, and journalism. They also are intended to provide opportunities for open conversation between scientists and writers on topics that are controversial, ethically fraught, or otherwise difficult. Up to three selected sessions will be interwoven with ScienceWriters2020 presentations as part of New Horizons in Science.

These 75-minute sessions can take a variety of forms. Proposals that focus on hot topics in science, include diverse (even opposed) perspectives, and allow ample time for audience engagement are encouraged.

Each submission should explain why the topic proposed will serve as a case study of broad interest and importance for science writers covering other fields.

Proposals are due March 1. A joint NASW-CASW panel will review these proposals and notify you of a decision by May 15.

Read more details, see FAQs, and submit your S+SW proposal online here.

Questions? Email New Horizons Program Director Wayt Gibbs. You are welcome to submit multiple proposals, but NASW members should note that a session should not also be proposed as both a workshop (part of the National Association of Science Writers programming at ScienceWriters2020) and an S+SW session. For information about proposing a workshop session, see information on the NASW website or email