Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

50th New Horizons slated for the Research Triangle

Midway between the Outer Banks and the Blue Ridge lies North Carolina's research nexus, the site of the 50th New Horizons in Science briefings Oct. 28 and 29. Science writers will converge on the Research Triangle Oct. 26-30 for ScienceWriters2012, which will incorporate two days of tours (including a trip to the coast!), the National Association of Science Writers annual meeting and workshops and nightly social events in addition to a full slate of New Horizons science presentations.

Rather than being hosted by a single university, this year's activities will be hosted by the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc., and will incorporate activities connecting the area's three major research universities--Duke, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill--plu federal labs and other research sites. At the center will be Research Triangle Park, home to a myriad university, government and industrial research facilities and science organizations, including labs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and RTI International (which SCONC notes is larger than most institutions).

Sessions will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center; the City Center Marriott will serve as the conference hotel.

Our local organizers are members of the Science Communicators of North Carolina. SCONC has arranged for TUCASI to be the major hosting sponsor, with additional funds provided by universities and foundations. For more information, visit the New Horizons conference homepage.

For information about the NASW workshop program and for registration and accommodations, be sure to check the ScienceWriters2012 website.