The annual ScienceWriters meeting is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. A mix of professional development workshops, briefings on the latest scientific research, extensive networking opportunities, and field trips, it is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, with content to appeal to both the newest writers and seasoned professionals. The location varies each year based on the host institution, providing access to science writers in all parts of the United States. In 2011, we are meeting at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Northern Arizona’s canyons, mountains, and plains have long provided a base for scientists exploring the Earth and the heavens. Explorers John Wesley Powell and Clarence Dutton helped establish modern geology in and around the Grand Canyon, while naturalist C. Hart Merriam developed the concept of ecological life zones on the San Francisco Peaks. In 1894 Percival Lowell chose this site, with its cool, clear air, for the observatory that’s still named for him. More recently, Apollo astronauts trained for moon journeys on the area’s stark volcanic landscape.

That rich scientific heritage remains vital today at Northern Arizona University, which is pleased to host ScienceWriters2011. Focused both on quality teaching and on cutting-edge research, NAU has achieved national distinction as a leader in a number of areas, including forestry, environmental studies and sustainability, innovative educational approaches, allied health professional education, and Native American educational partnerships.

NAU is located in beautiful Flagstaff, a forested, culturally lively mountain town with four distinct seasons. At ScienceWriters2011, you’ll be able to experience our diverse and growing campus, as well as the culinary delights and lively nightlife of Flagstaff’s historic downtown. And don’t miss the spectacular field trips that will explore some of northern Arizona’s most compelling landscapes, including the towering San Francisco Peaks and the placid waters of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon. Come join us!

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