Propose a session for ScienceWriters2022

CASW invites science writers to propose a session on topics at the intersection of science and science writing as part of the New Horizons in Science program for ScienceWriters2022. The deadline for session proposals is March 17.

The conference is planned to be held in Memphis October 21-25 in partnership with the National Association of Science Writers and our host institution, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

ScienceWriters2022 will kick off with a reception welcoming all to the home of blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll on Friday, October 21 and wrap up with field trips on Tuesday, October 25. CASW’s New Horizons in Science briefings, NASW’s professional development sessions, and science tours will be offered in parallel in breakout time slots Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and the entire experience will be suffused with increased networking options.

The meeting partners are committed to the safety of the science writing community. COVID-19 mitigation measures and policies will be based on the requirements of locales and venues, public health guidance, and other community considerations.

For those who are not able to attend, NASW will offer virtual sessions developed especially for a virtual audience. Most will happen outside of the October 21-25 range so that attendees can attend both virtual and in-person events.

Program information will be available at in early August, and registration will open in mid-August.

Propose a “Science and Science Writing” session

Science writers are invited to propose a special session to discuss challenges or issues in covering science. Drawing on current topics in the news, “S+SW” sessions are intended as case studies of issues at the intersection of science, communication, and journalism. They also are intended to provide opportunities for open conversation between scientists and writers on topics that are controversial, ethically fraught, or otherwise difficult. Up to three selected sessions will be interwoven with the New Horizons science presentations.


  • CASW plans for Science + Science Writing sessions to be given in person. If budget permits, a session may be webcast with questions taken online or recorded for later viewing.
  • Proposed presenters should include both scientists and science writers/communicators and can include discussants from outside those communities. Diverse — even divergent — voices, identities, opinions, and perspectives will make for a more engaging and fruitful discussion. Include affiliations, links to personal websites, and notes about the distinct perspective each speaker will bring to the topic. Indicate whether speakers have been contacted and have agreed to participate.
  • Submissions should explain why the topic proposed is both interesting and timely in its own right and why it will serve as a case study that has broader relevance for science writers covering other fields.
  • S+SW session organizers will be expected to moderate their session or to propose a moderator, who will be responsible for holding speakers to their allotted times. The CASW New Horizons Program Director will work with session moderators and speakers to refine the session plan, make necessary arrangements, and help manage the session. CASW will reimburse session participants for selected travel costs if they do not have other support for their travel to ScienceWriters2021. Organizers and moderators receive complimentary registration.

Additional guidelines, advice, and examples and recordings of past S+SW sessions are available on the submission page.

To propose an NASW professional development session, see the call for proposals at


Submit proposals by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on March 17 via Submittable.