Resilience: COVID-19. Pandemic life. Racial tension.
Political unrest. Climate change.
We live in a world where change is a constant, and the degree to which we are experiencing change in our everyday lives is speeding up. The last year is a great example.
When the WHO declared COVID19 a global pandemic, we were forced to redesign how we work, study, socialize, and even how we consume goods. Despite the commercialization of several vaccines, new variants of the SARS COV-2 virus threaten a third wave of the pandemic in Canada. A third wave, and predictions by our scientific community beg the question, Is pandemic life here to stay? If it is, does that mean we will continue to live with the anxiety and depression exacerbated by a lack of social connections and interactions?
In response, we often hear for calls to be resilient, as if a panacea to all that ails us. What is resiliency? How does one become resilient? How does a resilient brain differ from other brains? How does resiliency translate for a healthy personal and or professional life? What does resiliency mean in a policy context, or for building infrastructure? The 2021 Virtual SWCC Conference will explore these questions and more. Join us!
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Join us in Gather Hall!
This year a virtual Gather Hall will be open throughout the duration of the conference for attendees to drop in between sessions and after talks. Registered participants will receive a link with their conference materials – just click, customize your digital avatar, and enter a digital world where you can reconnect with old friends and network with new acquaintances. Be sure to visit our sponsor’s display booths, and don’t miss our student posters.
Conference hall attendees are expected to uphold a welcoming and professional environment. SWCC reserves the right to remove anyone from the Gather hall who is being disruptive.
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"My second week into my Masters of Science Communication program I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 SWCC Conference. It was a great experience to get a broad view of science writing and communicating in Canada as well as having a chance to listen to and meet some amazing presenters. When thinking about future career opportunities the SWCC Conference really got my wheels turning about where I can go and the different kinds of things I can do. Highly recommended!"
"I look forward to this conference every year and there's nothing like it. SWCC keeps a community connected across Canada and these few days energize us for the rest of the year. The people you meet and the insights you gain are so important for all science writers and communicators' work."
"The SWCC conference 2017 offered me a perfect way to not only learn some good 'best practice' tips in science communications but more importantly offered me an opportunity to meet, network and benefit from learning from an incredibly friendly, smart and experienced group of science communicators. I have already recommended the conference to a number of my colleagues back in the UK."
"The SWCC conference is a chance to get out of your science silo and pick up new approaches to communicate science, learn about other exciting scientific fields and share ideas with your science writer colleagues from across Canada."
"The annual conference is a great place to meet your peers, strike up friendships, and to maintain relationships over the years -- important in such a lonely profession. As a writer, I've found stories and more than paid for the cost of a trip. As an editor, I've had the chance to get to know writers who have ended up freelancing for me, or have been offered jobs working with me."
2020 - Virtual Conference
2019 - Winnipeg, MB
2018 - Vancouver, BC
2017 - Ottawa, ON
2016 - Guelph, ON
2015 - Saskatoon, SK
2014 - Toronto, ON
2013 - Montreal, QB
2012 - Windsor, ON