Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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Who can attend?

Registration for ScienceWriters2020 is open to members of NASW, students, and non-members. Registration opens on August 11 and closes on October 1 at 11:59 PM ET.

What does it cost?

Attendance at ScienceWriters is subsidized to keep your costs low.

Registration opens on August 11

Member rate
$85 until September 1. Get your earlybird discount!
$115 September 2 thru close of registration on October 1.
Members of AAJA, BlackAFinSTEM, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA, NLGJA, SACNAS, SAJA, and the Trans Journalists Association are also invited to register at the NASW member rate.
Student rate
$25 thru close of registration on October 10.
Non-member rate (non-refundable)
$225 until September 1. Get your earlybird discount!
$275 September 2 thru close of registration on October 1.

Do you have assistance available for those with finanical need?

Yes! We encourage you to apply for a #SciWri20 grant.

Are there volunteer opportunities?

NASW student members interested in volunteering can help out at the meeting for a few hours in exchange for free registration. To commit, email Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and you must be an NASW student member.

How do I register?

All registration is handled securely online via Registration begins August 11 and closes on October 1 at 11:59PM ET.

What platform will you be using for the online conference?

We've tried to make the online meeting as accessible to as many attendees as possible. Please visit for full details and instructions. We encourage you to check your systems and hardware for compatibility well ahead of time.

How can I learn more about accessibility or make a request?

To learn more about ScienceWriters2020 and our commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, please visit If your specific questions are not answered or you wish to request specific accommodations, please write prior to October 1. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests and provide reasonable accommodations for meeting events.

How is the content chosen?

The NASW professional development workshops are chosen by a committee of members from proposals submitted by members in March of each year and organized by volunteers. The scientific sessions for the New Horizons in Science Briefings are chosen solely by program director Wayt Gibbs.

What functions does the Whova app have that the browser version/web interface does not?

Registered attendees can access the conference sessions and networking features in either or both of the following ways:
1) Download the Whova app (strongly recommended)
2) Access the conference via the web portal: Use the Google Chrome browser for best functionality.

  • Both options require that you create a Whova account using the same email with which you registered for the conference.
  • You can have the app open at the same time as the web browser so that you could, for instance, view sessions on a bigger screen and chat via your phone.

The browser version has fewer networking and information features, and it is strongly recommended that you use an updated version of Chrome to access it:
- Speaker profiles in the app have more detail than the web interface (speaker social media links are not included in the browser version)
- Attendees can post to the community section from the web interface, but cannot like others' posts

Read this Whova guide on how to use the app and the web interface and the differences.

Will sessions be recorded?

A majority of sessions will be recorded, and registered attendees will have access to session videos for 6 months post-conference. Links to session videos will appear within the session description of the agenda.

What if my question is not answered here?

For questions regarding the professional development workshops, contact or 510-647-9500. For questions about the New Horizons in Science briefings, contact or 617-702-2798.