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The events offered through the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada fall into three broad offerings: Professional Development & Training, Networking & Community Building, and the Annual Conference. Keep scrolling to learn more about these three Event Offerings and how to get involved.

Past and upcoming events are listed below.

Upcoming events

    • 05 Jun 2023
    • 06 Jun 2023
    • Canada Science and Technology Museum
    • 29
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    Back to Basics   


    It’s been more than two years since we met in person… How many cultural norms have we forgotten? How many skills have become dusty and rusty? SWCC 2023 is about getting on a plane or train again, catching up with old friends, and remembering what it's like to be a part of events in person. The 2023 SWCC Conference will cover all your basics: journalism, communications, science, socializing, fun, and more!


    Join us in Ottawa!

    The 2023 SWCC Annual Conference will take place on 4-6 June, 2023 at Canada's National Science and Technology Museum. The regular conference will be followed by optional tours of cool local science around the National Capital Region. Stay tuned for more details on the programme!


    SWCC gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors.

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    • 07 Jun 2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Novotel Hotel 33 Nicholas Street
    Registration is closed

    In SWCC tradition, the Conference Committee are planning 2 days of tours of cool local science. Participation is optional and tour costs are not included in conference registration. You must register for each day individually. Tours depart from Les Suites, 130 Besserer St, 8:30am June 7 & 8. 

    June 7: Museum Collections & Nature. Canada boasts an impressive network of national museums, and only a fraction of those collections are on display at any one time. This tour takes us behind the scenes and into the Collections Buildings for the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology and the Canadian Museum of Nature. The tour wraps up with a guided walk in one of the many gorgeous green spaces around Ottawa.

    Participants of this tour must wear close-toed shoes and will be walking on uneven ground. This tour is unsuitable for anyone who requires a walking aid.

    June 8: Government science is cool! This tour includes: Agriculture and AgriFood Canada Central Experimental Farm R&D Centre; the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum; and the Communications Research Centre.

    Participants must present a valid, government issued photo ID to gain entry to some parts of the tour.

    • 08 Jun 2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Novotel Hotel 33 Nicholas Street
    Registration is closed

    In SWCC tradition, the Conference Committee are planning 2 days of tours of cool local science. Participation is optional and tour costs are not included in conference registration. You must register for each day individually. Tours depart from the Les Suites, 130 Besserer St, 8:30am June 7 & 8. 

    June 7: Museum Collections & Nature. Canada boasts an impressive network of national museums, and only a fraction of those collections are on display at any one time. This tour takes us behind the scenes and into the Collections Buildings for the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology and the Canadian Museum of Nature. The tour wraps up with a guided walk in one of the many gorgeous green spaces around Ottawa.

    Participants of this tour must wear close-toed shoes and will be walking on uneven ground. This tour is unsuitable for anyone who requires a walking aid.

    June 8: Government science is cool! This tour includes: Agriculture and AgriFood Canada Central Experimental Farm R&D Centre; the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum; and the Communications Research Centre.

    Participants must present a valid, government issued photo ID to gain entry to some parts of the tour.

Past events

23 May 2023 The Joys of Conferences
03 May 2023 The ‘Good’ of Good Science Communication: An Ethical Interlude
24 Apr 2023 SEO 101: OPTIMIZING YOUR SCIENCE WRITING
21 Mar 2023 Not Your Average Book Club
07 Feb 2023 February Member Meet Up
23 Jan 2023 Delivering Sci Comm to Younger Audiences
07 Dec 2022 December Member Meet Up
29 Nov 2022 Freelancing FAQs: An Interactive Workshop
16 Nov 2022 November Member Meet Up
26 Oct 2022 Podcasting 101
19 Oct 2022 October Member Meet Up
28 Sep 2022 SWCC Monthly Meet-Up
27 Sep 2022 From Query to Bookshelf: A Q&A with publishers and authors
13 Sep 2022 SWCC Annual General Meeting
15 Jun 2022 Member Meet Up
26 May 2022 Join a SWCC Mission and Vision Focus Group
02 May 2022 Symposium for Science Engagement: Communicating the Urgency of Planetary Health.
05 Oct 2021 Annual General Meeting
17 Jun 2021 2021 Virtual Conference - Day 7
16 Jun 2021 2021 Virtual Conference - Day 6
15 Jun 2021 2021 Virtual Conference - Day 5
14 Jun 2021 2021 Virtual Conference - Day 4
11 Jun 2021 2021 Virtual Conference - Day 3
09 Jun 2021 2021 Virtual Conference - Day 2
07 Jun 2021 2021 Virtual Conference
07 Jun 2021 2021 Virtual Conference - Day 1
03 Jun 2021 Barriers in Science Communications for Black and People of Colour
06 May 2021 Communicating with Children and Museums
12 Apr 2021 Indigenous Communications - Waubgeshig Rice
06 Apr 2021 Indigenous Communications - Dr. Hilding Neilson
28 Jan 2021 Top 10 Non-COVID Science Stories of 2020
15 Dec 2020 SWCC Holiday Social
02 Dec 2020 Science Through A Photographer’s Eye
04 Nov 2020 Disinformation. It’s partly our fault!
30 Jun 2020 2020 Virtual Conference
16 Jun 2020 Pro-D Session: Cognit.ca with Mike Matheson
25 May 2019 Freelance Skill Share Extraordinaire
23 May 2019 Opening Reception - 2019 SWCC Conference
23 May 2019 Heart & Head - 2019 Annual Conference
23 May 2019 Winnipeg Science Tour
22 May 2019 Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) Tour
17 Nov 2018 Building Indigenous Relationships Workshop: Deadline to register Nov 15
14 May 2018 SWCC2018 delegate membership discount
15 Apr 2018 Victoria RBCM Sessions and Tour Day
15 Apr 2018 Snorkel Safari
13 Apr 2018 Beakerhead at SWCC mini-course
12 Apr 2018 SciComm Social, tickets
12 Apr 2018 On The Edge 2018 Annual Conference
20 Feb 2018 SWCC 2018 Acclaimed Slate Vote
22 Sep 2017 Book Award Presentation Event
20 Sep 2017 Youth Book Awards Presentation
25 Jul 2017 SWCC 2017 Acclaimed Slate: Register Your Vote
03 Apr 2017 CSWA Constitution Vote 2017
19 Dec 2016 3rd ANNUAL TORONTO SCIENCE WRITERS/PRODUCERS YEWL
28 Nov 2016 CSWA Runoff Name Vote
14 Oct 2016 CSWA Name Vote
02 Jun 2016 CSWA Conference & Annual Meeting: Guelph 2016
20 Feb 2016 Improv for Science Communicators
25 Jan 2016 data journalism/journalisme des données, 2016
11 Jan 2016 Science Journalism Award Submission, 2016
11 Jan 2016 Science Communication Award Submission, 2016
15 Dec 2015 2016 Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award Submission
26 Nov 2015 Pub night Ottawa
20 Nov 2015 Pub night: Vancouver
03 Apr 2015 CSWA 2015 Annual Conference, Saskatoon
19 Jan 2015 Science Journalism Award Submission
19 Jan 2015 Science Communication Award Submission
19 Jan 2015 Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award Submission
30 Jul 2014 Science of Beer pub night
26 Jun 2014 CSWA pub night
05 Jun 2014 CSWA 2014 Annual Conference, June 5 - 8
15 Apr 2014 CSWA Board Nominations Open, Deadline April 25
17 Feb 2014 Fast Talker 3 minute thesis competition
01 Feb 2014 Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award Submission
01 Feb 2014 Science Communication Award Submission
01 Feb 2014 Science Journalism Award Submission
06 Jun 2013 CSWA 2013 Annual Conference, June 6-9
28 Jan 2013 Understanding Medical Journal Articles & Medical Statistics - Webinar
02 Jun 2012 CSWA 2012 Annual Conference, June 2-5
30 Sep 2011 Coffee with Chris Hadfield
09 Jun 2011 CSWA 2011 Annual Conference, June 9-13

Event Policy

The SWCC organizes events that create value for members by providing opportunities for a) professional development,  b) to exchange ideas, c) network with other members or d) some combination of the above.  

The SWCC reserves the right to charge an entry fee for events in order to a) cover costs associated with organizing events and b) to generate revenue for the organization.  

No shows: Individuals who pay for admission to an SWCC event and who miss the event are not entitled to a refund. 

When technology permits, and with the approval of the event speakers, SWCC reserves the right to record PD events. All registered attendees—including no-shows—will have access to event recordings. 

The SWCC board, on behalf of the members, steward the human and financial resources of the organization wisely. Any speaker fees or honorariums paid to speakers must abide by the SWCC Honorarium policy. 

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