First SciWriCongress

October 12, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

The First Congress of Regional Science Writers Groups

Founding a Network

The First Congress of Regional Science Writers Groups (SciWriCongress) was convened in Washington D.C. on October 12, 2018, during ScienceWriters2018 — the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). The first-ever such gathering, delegates from existing and prospective regional groups shared their organizational best practices and discussed paths forward to sustain dialog across the landscape.

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Participating Groups

  • Austin Science Writers
  • Badger Science Writers
  • Capital Science Communicators
  • Chicago Science Writers
  • D.C. Science Writers Association
  • New England Science Writers
  • Northern California Science Writers Association
  • Northwest Science Writers Association
  • San Diego Science Writers Association
  • Science Communicators of North Carolina
  • Science Talk
  • Science Writers in New York
  • SoCal Science Writers

SciWri18 Session Description

"Leaders of regional science writers groups face many of the same challenges and opportunities in their efforts to develop professional networking and programming for local science writers — while also promoting the communication of science in their communities. At this first-ever "Regional SciWri Groups Congress," we are gathering delegates from regional groups across the United States to discuss what works, analyze what doesn't, and delineate best practices. Delegates will have "floor time" to present a glimpse into their regional group and its nuances, while "committee" breakout discussions will focus on common aspects of regional group management: operations and leadership, funding, member recruitment and engagement, and professional programming. This Congress will ultimately produce ideas, insights, and practical solutions for organizing and managing regional sciwri groups that can be curated into an online resource accessible to the NASW community. So come represent your region — and let us unite in Washington, D.C."

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