Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is WCSJ2017?

WCSJ2017 will be held in San Francisco, California, October 26-30, 2017. The main hotel and conference venue will be the Marriott Marquis in downtown San Francisco. Discounted hotel rooms will be available starting in May 2017.

How can I get conference updates?

We invite you to sign up for email updates.

Will you offer travel fellowships to WCSJ2017?

Yes, but the application deadline for travel fellowships has passed. Successful applicants will be notified in mid to late April, which should allow for any extended visa processing time. In addition, some WFSJ member associations will offer travel fellowships for their members. Please check with your member association for more information.

I applied for a travel fellowship. When will I know if I received one?

Successful applicants will be notified in mid to late April, which should allow for any extended visa processing time.

Will the U.S. immigration situation affect my travels?

The organizers of the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists are monitoring developments in U.S. immigration policy and assessing how new regulations and legal action might affect travel to the meeting, scheduled for October 26-30, 2017, in San Francisco. We are resolute in our determination that the conference will continue its tradition of welcoming colleagues from across the globe, and we oppose any restrictions that would prevent participants from attending WCSJ2017.

As October approaches, we will do everything we can to make the meeting accessible to all. We suggest that those planning to attend check with the U.S. consulates in their countries about applying for a U.S. visa as early as possible, and stay current on the travel situation. The organizing committee has arrangements in place for assistance with visa denials. We are notifying selected travel fellows and speakers in mid to late April and opening registration on May 1 to allow for the maximum time in applying for visas.

For current information on the visa process, please see this overview from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

When does registration open and what will it cost?

Registration for the meeting opens on May 2017 and will close in early October 2017. Registration fees will not be determined until later this spring and depend on fundraising. Our goal is to keep the fee as low as possible to encourage attendance from around the world. You can help keep costs low by encouraging individuals, foundations, or companies you may have contacts with to sponsor WCSJ2017.  Please visit http://wcsj2017.org/support-wcsj/

Who is eligible to attend WCSJ2017?

Anyone who writes, edits, or produces science news, information, or commentary for the public; teaches science journalism; or is a member of a WFSJ member association is invited to register.

Is it too late to propose a session?

Yes. The Program Committee received more than 300 session proposals last fall. It promises to be a great program.  Details will be released this spring.

Will there be a ScienceWriters2017 conference, too?

The World Conference of Science Journalists will take the place of NASW and CASW’s joint ScienceWriters meeting in 2017. WCSJ is the biennial meeting of the World Federation of Science Journalists, of which NASW is a member association, and all NASW members are welcome to attend.

How will the World Conference of Science Journalists be different from an annual ScienceWriters meeting?

Hosting the World Federation of Science Journalists’ biennial meeting means that we are bringing 1,200+ international science journalists together in San Francisco. Instead of traveling to another country to experience the unique perspectives of peers from other parts of the world, NASW members will have the opportunity to share with and learn from the global community right in our backyard.

NASW members and non-members alike are welcome and encouraged to attend WCSJ2017. The conference itself will be longer than a ScienceWriters meeting and will include an expanded but familiar mix of professional development craft sessions, an “international edition” of the New Horizons in Science program organized by CASW, tours, field trips, and many networking opportunities. UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley will serve as host universities and invite attendees to their campuses for a “University Day.” See the preliminary schedule to learn more.

Will the WCSJ2017 meeting be useful for public information officers?

Yes! Many of the sessions will focus on questions of craft and science communication issues that should be useful to all science writers. Because this meeting is international, and science information is disseminated in ways that vary from country to country, there may be fewer sessions targeted primarily at U.S. PIOs than are offered at NASW/CASW ScienceWriters meetings. But there will be much to learn about global challenges and issues for science writers and how norms, policies, and practices differ around the world.