Propose a session for ScienceWriters2023

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 ScienceWriters2023. The deadline for session proposals is March 7.

The conference is planned to be held in Colorado October 6-10 in partnership with the National Association of Science Writers and our host institution, The University of Colorado Boulder and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

Program information will be available at in mid-July, and registration will open in early 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 7 via Submittable.