Conference Policies and Useful Info

Below is some useful information about the conference. Please read through it before you arrive. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit

Useful Information

Main Conference Location
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, California  94103

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency or are being physically threatened, call 9-1-1.

Contacting Emergency Services

In an emergency call 9-1-1.
An emergency exists when there is a life-threatening police matter, a medical emergency or fire, or a person who has fallen and is unable to get up. 9-1-1 will get you police, fire and medical services.

At the main conference center:
In the underground levels of the Marriott Marquis, cell service may not be reliable depending on your provider. For life threatening emergencies, use wi-fi calling or find the nearest hotel phone and dial 9 (for an outside line) then 9-1-1.
To reach Marriott Marquis Hotel Security for both emergencies and non-emergencies, dial 6666 from any hotel phone. Be prepared to give your location.

On the UC Berkeley Campus:
Dial 9-1-1 from any phone (on or off campus) to report an imminent threat to life or property.
From a cell phone, dial direct for faster emergency response:
UC Berkeley Police: (510) 642-3333
City of Berkeley Police/Fire: (510) 981-5911
Campus emergency information line: (800) 705-9998. During an emergency, this recorded message will be updated with the latest information. Visit for more info.

On the UCSF Mission Bay Campus:
To reach UCSF police, dial 9+911 from any campus phone or +1-415-476-6911 from a non-campus phone.
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Non-emergency contact numbers

San Francisco Police +1-415-553-0123
San Francisco Fire Department +1-415-861-8000
UC Berkeley Police: +1-510-642-6760
City of Berkeley Police: +1-510-981-5900
UCSF Police: +1-415-476-1414

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For information on what to do in case of an earthquake, power outage, fire, or other emergencies, please visit

Hospitals and Pharmacies

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110 Phone: +1-415-206-8000 Saint Francis Memorial Hospital 900 Hyde Street San Francisco, CA 94109 Phone: +1-415-353-6000
Nearest Pharmacy (0.2 miles) (Store Open 24 hours; Pharmacy open until 7PM) Walgreens 135 Powell St San Francisco, CA 94102 +1-415-391-7222 Nearest Pharmacy that is open 24-hours: Walgreens 498 Castro St SanFrancisco, CA 94114 +1-415-861-3136


To find the location of your country’s nearest consul in California, visit (For countries A-L) (For countries M-W)

NASW’s Conference and Meeting Code of Conduct

The National Association of Science Writers is committed to providing a professional environment at all of our events, welcoming people from as many diverse backgrounds as possible. We expect our events to be a respectful, harassment-free environment for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, and belief. NASW values the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected among all attendees.
In pursuit of those goals, speakers, staff, attendees, and volunteers at NASW events are expected to abide by the following code of conduct:

Expected behavior

  • Treat everyone with respect and consideration.
  • Communicate openly and thoughtfully with others, and be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different than your own.
  • Be respectful in discussing and debating ideas.
  • Follow the rules and policies of the venue.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Call 911 or alert hotel/venue security if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

Unacceptable behavior

  • Harassment and intimidation, including any verbal, written (including via texts or on social media), or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, humiliate, or coerce another participant.
  • Discrimination or other actions based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, or belief.
  • Stalking or unwelcome or surreptitious photography or recording.
  • Physical or verbal abuse or intimidation of any participant.
  • Sustained or disrespectful disruption of presentations or events.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including but not limited to sexualized comments or jokes, displaying sexually explicit material, inappropriate touching, groping, or sexual advances.


  •  Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
  • NASW officials may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the conference.

Reporting unacceptable behavior

Anyone who feels unsafe or threatened should immediately contact 911, approach hotel/venue security staff, or contact the appropriate public authorities.

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior during conference events, please contact Tinsley Davis, NASW executive director (+1-510-859-7229, and/or Laura Helmuth, NASW president ((510) 473-2814,

For any questions about this policy, please contact Tinsley Davis, NASW executive director,, or Laura Helmuth, NASW president,

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made by emailing No other method will be recognized. Registrants who cancel between May 1 and August 1, 2017 will receive a full refund less a $100.00 USD administrative fee. Registrants who cancel between August 2 and close of registration on October 12, 2017 will receive a full refund less a $150.00 USD administrative fee.

No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after the close of registration on October 12, 2017.

Image Use

From time to time, the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists, NASW, CASW, WFSJ, and its sponsors and partners may use photographs, video, and/or audio recordings of conference events in promotional and educational materials online and in print. By virtue of their attendance, all conference attendees and visitors agree to the use of their likeness in any such materials.