New Horizons in Science

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About New Horizons in Science

The Council's major educational program, the annual New Horizons in Science briefing is designed to give science writers a leg up on their future. Each year 20 or more top-rank researchers are invited to report on seminal advances in a wide array of scientific disciplines. The intent is to provide writers the background and perspective necessary to understand and interpret innovative research and its potential societal impact months (sometimes years) before they make headlines. Scientists are carefully selected for their ability to explain complex concepts and ideas in readily accessible terms.

Since its inception in 1963, New Horizons has amassed an enviable record of highlighting a long list of developments that have gone on to become major stories. Among them: climate change; nanotechnology; genetic engineering and genome-based personal medicine; stem cells; embryo transfer; dark matter and dark energy; monoclonal antibodies; buckyballs and buckytubes; neutrino mass; RNA interference; neuroimaging; and experimental economics.

New Horizons is a movable feast; each year the briefing is hosted by a different academic institution. Recent hosts include Stanford University, Yale University and School of Medicine, the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies Inc. in North Carolina's Research Triangle, the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, and George Washington University.

In 2005, the National Association of Science Writers elected to hold its annual professional-development workshops in league with New Horizons to create the annual ScienceWriters conference. And since 2014, the New Horizons program has featured "crossover" sessions emphasizing dialogue between scientists and science writers.


About CASW

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is committed to improving the quality and quantity of science news reaching the public. Directed and advised by distinguished journalists and scientists, CASW develops and funds programs that encourage accurate and informative writing about developments in science, technology, medicine and the environment.

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