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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

    • 04 Oct 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom

    To share their new research with colleagues, journalists, and policy-makers, many scientists now post their results on preprint servers. It’s also an excellent way to contribute evidence to rapidly evolving stories about issues like climate change, gene editing, or artificial intelligence more quickly and efficiently than is possible through traditional, peer-reviewed journal publishing. For science communicators, preprints offer an opportunity to cover research when it is very fresh. But they also come with risks: Without the safeguards of peer review—and amid growing concerns around scientific fraud, replication, and predatory publishing—how do writers and communicators know what research to trust and what to debunk? How do we describe the uncertainty of preliminary science to public audiences without getting lost in the weeds? 

    This hands-on workshop will offer participants the knowledge and skills needed to assess and communicate preprint research effectively and responsibly. The workshop facilitators will draw on their professional experience reporting on preprints and primary research investigating how journalists find, verify, and communicate about these unreviewed studies. Workshop participants will learn the common factors motivating scientists to post preprints; the processes necessary for reporting on these studies with due diligence; the problems and benefits of peer review; and up-to-date data on retractions of preprints vs peer reviewed papers. The facilitators will engage participants in conversations about the risks and benefits of covering preprints, as well as the ethics of doing so outside of crisis contexts. 

    Finally, participants will have an opportunity to put their new knowledge into action by evaluating, in small groups, examples of preprint papers. The workshop will end with a question-and-answer period. 

    The SWCC is pleased to welcome Alice Fleerackers, PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University and Sarah Everts, Associate Professor at Carleton University and CTV Chair in Digital Science Journalism as workshop facilitators. This session is hosted by the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada’s (SWCC) Professional Development committee. Registration fees for this event are $15 for members and $30 for non-members. 

    Please note that this session will not be recorded, and this content will not be available via the SWCC’s YouTube channel afterwards. We are looking forward to this engaging and practical session and hope to see you there!   

    We acknowledge the support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for this workshop.


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Past events

19 Sep 2023 Annual General Meeting 2023
08 Jun 2023 SWCC Science Tour Day 2
07 Jun 2023 SWCC Science Tour Day 1
05 Jun 2023 SWCC Annual Conference 2023
23 May 2023 The Joys of Conferences
03 May 2023 The ‘Good’ of Good Science Communication: An Ethical Interlude
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: 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

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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