Everything Else You Need to Know About ScienceWriters2015

You’ve got questions about ScienceWriters2015. We’re here to help answer them. First, check out the extremely useful FAQ over at the main meeting site—then come back here for a few more tidbits.

Why should I attend ScienceWriters2015?

Well, we don’t mean to brag, but we think it’s going to be one of the best ScienceWriters20XX conferences ever. First of all, it’s in Cambridge, one of the world capitals of science. There’s never been a joint NASW-CASW conference here before. (Interesting trivia fact, though: the very first CASW New Horizons in Science event was hosted by MIT and Harvard in 1963.)

Thanks to our unique setting, we’ve been able to reach out to some of the country’s most creative and interesting researchers and get them involved as New Horizons speakers and Lunch With a Luminary hosts. If you attend, you’ll meet a bunch of them, from inflation-theory expert Alan Guth to exoplanet hunter Sara Seager to academic entrepreneur par excellence Robert Langer.

In a recent tweet, Carl Zimmer called this year’s New Horizons lineup “stellar.” If that’s not enough to persuade you, we don’t know what else will!

What else is going on in Cambridge in October?

Glad you asked. To supplement the main NASW workshops and New Horizons briefings, we’ve been working to arrange a stimulating variety of field trips, lab tours, lunches and special events, like the October 12 evening excursion to Harvard Square for a ScienceWriters-themed edition of The Story Collider, and the Kavli Science Journalism Workshop on Nanotechnology, organized by Knight Science Journalism at MIT.

On top of all that, through an accident of good timing, ScienceWriters2015 is happening back-to-back with Boston’s new HUBweek festival, co-organized by The Boston Globe, Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard. HUBweek events start October 3 and include numerous gatherings of interest to the science- and technology-inclined, including MIT’s first-ever Solve conference.

For all the details, see the hosted events and tours tab of the main meeting schedule and the Things To Do section of these welcome pages.

When should I show up? How long should I stay?

We realize that as a busy staff writer or freelancer, you’ll have tough choices to make about the length of your trip to Cambridge. All we can say is that there’s never been a better year to come to the conference early and stay late.

If you arrive Wednesday, October 7, or Thursday, October 8, and leave on Tuesday, October 13, or Wednesday, October 14, you’ll be able to catch a few HUBweek events, experience the pre-conference workshops and/or the Stat life sciences forum on Friday, attend all the main NASW and New Horizons sessions on October 10, 11, and 12, and then experience one of the field trips planned for October 13, such as the exciting Woods Hole excursion.

Both the main conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and the alternate hotel, the Fairfield Inn and Suites, are making their conference rates ($239/night and $209/night respectively) available from October 7 through October 13.

Enough about the science. Tell me about the Sunday night bash.

It’s a ScienceWriters20XX tradition for the host and sponsors to arrange a big party on the Sunday night of the conference weekend, and this year is no different. We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s Sunday party will be hosted by Stat, the new national online publication about health and medicine from Boston Globe Media. We’ll bus attendees over to Boston Globe headquarters for the swank event, which will feature music arranged by New England Science Writers.

I’ve got more questions. Who can I contact?

For questions about the NASW sessions on October 10, or about general conference registration matters, use this form or write to workshops@nasw.org. For questions about the CASW New Horizons in Science sessions October 11 and 12, write to programs@casw.org or diane@casw.org. For questions about KSJ-hosted events, tours, lunches, or parties, write to me, Wade Roush, at wroush@mit.edu.

Wade Roush

10 Museum Way, Cambridge, MA, 02141, United States

Science and technology journalist based in San Francisco.