It’s online! Dates and logo contest announced for ScienceWriters2020 virtual conference

Save the date: The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) will be hosting the core week of the ScienceWriters2020 virtual conference  October 19-23, accompanied by other events throughout October.

Program and speaker lineups for the #SciWri20 online edition will be unveiled later this summer, with every consideration to capture the vibrancy, currency, and sense of community attendees have come to experience at these annual meetings — while balancing the constraints of remote participation and work-from-home variables. Conference registration will be open to all interested professionals and students. Details will be posted, and registration will open, at in August. Please join us.

Logo contest

In the meantime, NASW members can help by designing a new logo for the virtual conference! The contest is open to current NASW members, and the chosen submission will reap one complimentary registration to the October meeting. The design criteria:

  • The design must include the words “ScienceWriters2020” and the phrase “Online in October"
  • Two versions must be produced: one website banner PNG file (1680 x 560, 72 dpi) and one square PNG file (1600 x 1600, 150 dpi). Vector files (.indd, .eps, or .pdf) for each are optional but appreciated.
  • Submissions must be made using this Google Form and agree to rights permissions: 

Let your creative juices flow and submit your designs by 11:59 p.m. PDT, Monday, June 15, 2020.

The annual ScienceWriters conferences have long been the premier U.S. gathering for practitioners in the craft of science writing. We look forward to welcoming the creativity, innovation, and expertise of our community to once again celebrate our shared craft this coming October — while adapting to the health, safety, and flexibility measures demanded of us during these historic times.

With gratitude,

Tinsley Davis, Executive Director, NASW

Ros Reid, Executive Director, CASW

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