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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

    • 29 Nov 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Date and Time: Tuesday November 29th from 12-1pm eastern

    Cost: $15 Members & $30 Non-Members


    Abstract: Freelancing can be a rewarding, yet challenging career. We know you have questions about what it takes to be a successful freelancer and how to navigate the ins and outs of running your own business. In this professional development event, we’re bringing together freelancers from across Canada to share their expertise on everything from finding clients and setting rates, to pitching stories, to managing time effectively. Come prepared with your burning questions and be ready to engage!



    Brian Owens

    Brian is an experienced science journalist and editor who spent 8 years in London working as the online news editor for the leading science journal Nature and as a reporter and news editor for the influential policy magazines Research Fortnight and Research Europe. He returned to Canada in 2013, where he works as a freelance writer and editor for Nature, New Scientist, Hakai Magazine, and Medscape, among others. In 2019 he won a National Magazine Award for best news story in the B2B section, for an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. His first book, Lyme Disease in Canada, was published in 2021.


    Carolyn Brown

    Carolyn Brown is a scientific and medical writer, editor, and publishing consultant with 18 years’ experience at Canada’s two largest scientific publishers, Canadian Medical Association publications and NRC Research Press, where she was the manager responsible for the editing and production of 15 scientific journals. In her current consulting business (10 years’ duration), she writes articles on biomedical research for Nature and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, as well as documents and web pages explaining scientific topics to the public in plain language. She was the technical editor of Canada’s Changing Climate Report, released by the federal government in April 2019. 


    Teresa Murphy

    Teresa Murphy is an award-winning writer who has published more than 2,500 articles in newspapers, magazines, client newsletters and corporate websites. Currently she creates content – articles, blog posts, briefs and submissions, speeches, web copy and social media content and organizes and optimizes it to be adapted to multiple platforms for print, web, social media, and apps. She’s served as a judge in the Western Magazine awards, the Society of Technical Communicators awards, and the BC Book Awards. She holds a BA and an MLIS degree (UBC), an ALM (Harvard) and certificates in competitive intelligence, information architecture, statistics, and technical writing. 



    Alice Fleerackers

    Alice Fleerackers (she/her) is an award-winning researcher and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Nautilus, among other outlets. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master in Publishing and is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in science and health journalism at Simon Fraser University. In addition, Alice supports several science communication non-profits, including the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network, and Science Borealis. 


    • 07 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    December Member Meet Up

    From nailing the perfect pitch to developing your online brand, our December Member Meet-Up is all about getting started in digital science writing. We invite SWCC members to join us on December 7th from 12 pm to 1 pm EST via Zoom to share stories, strategies, and resources for diving into this exciting career. 

    This session will be led by SWCC Directors Alice Fleerackers and Nada Salem, two science writers and editors with experience sharing science in a range of digital formats. Starting with a discussion about the different forms of online science communication, the session will offer opportunities to hear from other SWCC members about their professional successes and challenges establishing themselves as digital science writers. Through collective brainstorming, participants will work together to craft a list of practical tips, resources, and opportunities to help others make the most of this rewarding career.

Past events

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: 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
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


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