Come early. Stay late. Dig in.
For a few shining days in October 2015, Cambridge and Boston will be the scene of a remarkable celebration of science and innovation.
ScienceWriters2015 (Oct. 9-13) is only one of the attractions. There's also MIT's Solve initiative (Oct. 5-8), where thought leaders will tackle big challenges like energy and education. And both events overlap with the first-ever HUBWeek festival (Oct. 3-10), "where art, science, and technology collide."
We're your hosts—Knight Science Journalism at MIT, a program of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences—and we'd like to be the first to welcome you to Cambridge! If you're looking for reasons to attend ScienceWriters2015, or ideas for side trips while you're here, then you've come to the right place.
At this site we've got a list of things to do to make your trip more rewarding, especially if you plan to arrive in the Boston area a few days early. We've also got a conference blog where you'll find features, announcements, and updates about ScienceWriters2015.
We'll use the blog partly to preview the dizzying array of tours, field trips, and special events KSJ has organized especially for conference attendees. You can also read about most of those events on the Hosted Events and Tours tab of the meeting schedule page of the main ScienceWriters2015 website.
Founded in 1983 under the MIT-SHASS Program in Science, Technology, and Society and backed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, KSJ offers fellowships and workshops designed to boost the careers of journalists covering science, technology, health, and the environment. We are excited to be offering a special Kavli Workshop on Nanotechnology on October 9, the morning before ScienceWriters2015 opens. (Update 9/3/15: Registration for the workshop is now full.)
For the official conference schedule and registration information, visit http://www.sciencewriters2015.org.
Getting Around During ScienceWriters2015
To familiarize yourself with the MIT campus, try clicking on the red placemarks on the interactive Google Map below.
- On October 9, the Knight Science Journalism welcome reception will be at Walker Memorial on the MIT campus.
- On October 10, NASW workshops and the awards gala will be at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, the main conference hotel, at the far west side of the map.
- On October 11 and 12, CASW New Horizons talks will be at Kresge Auditorium and the MIT Student Center, near Massachusetts Avenue.
- "Lunch With a Luminary" sessions on October 11 and 12 will be at the Student Center and MIT's Building 4.
- Destinations for walking tours on October 11, 12, and 13 include the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Draper Laboratory, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Biogen, and the Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research.
- Buses will be provided for trips to more distant event and tour locations such as the Boston Globe, the BU Photonics Center, the BU National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, and Woods Hole.
- Three alternate hotels—the Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston/Cambridge, the Hampton Inn Boston/Cambridge, and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boston-Cambridge—are located on Monsignor O'Brien Highway, at the northeast corner of the map. They're close to the Lechmere stop on the MBTA Green Line, and a shuttle bus will run between the alternate hotels and the main conference and tour pickup sites beginning Friday evening, Oct. 9.