Grants & awards  

Upcoming NASW Idea Grant-funded conferences

Spaces are available for science writers interested in attending upcoming conferences funded through the most recent round of NASW's Idea Grants program. Thank you to the grantees and volunteers working to craft programs and projects that benefit science writers and our field.

The Women in Science Solutions Summit 2014 is scheduled for June 13-15 in Cambridge, Mass., and will explore issues of gender equality in science writing. The conference is organized by awardees Christie Aschwanden, Deborah Blum, Maryn McKenna, Kathleen Raven, Florence Williams, Emily Willingham, Thomas Levenson, and Seth Mnookin. To learn more and register, visit sciencewritingsummit.org.

Later that same month, June 26-27, science and health writers working for universities, non-profits and hospitals are invited to attend a regional workshop in Madison, Wisc. Sharing Science: Writing and Communications Skills in the 21st Century is organized by awardee A'ndrea Messer in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and the Mayo Clinic. To learn more and register, visit the workshop's website.

The volunteers on NASW's Grants committee are responsible for reviewing and awarding Idea Grants. One stipulation of the awards is sharing with the broader community, so even if you cannot attend these meetings, stay tuned to NASW.org for conference reports and other resulting professional development material.

Since 2010, NASW's Idea Grants program has awarded over $350,000 to science writers in grants of $1,000-$50,000 for projects to help science writers in their professional lives and/or to benefit the field of science writing. For a complete list of awards and links to updates, reports, and application guidelines, visit http://www.nasw.org/idea-grants-about.

Hi,

Some of us in Seattle are jealous of what sounds like a great conference in Wisconsin, supported by an Idea Grant. Is there any reason we can't ask for a "grant" that pays for a videotape of the Wisconsin event? By that leveraging, many more people could see the content/context and dialogue of the Wisconsin event. I don't know the budget for getting sessions taped, or even just some of them taped.

Sally in Seattle