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SUBJECT: Memorial University hosts Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference this weekend
DATE: June 23, 2006

Note to editors:
 
 For the first time Memorial University is playing host to the Canadian Science Writers’ Association’s (CSWA) annual general meeting and conference, which begins tomorrow, Saturday, June 24, 2006.
A contingent of science journalists, students, policy makers and communications officers from across the country will be on the St. John’s campus from June 24-26, 2006. This is the first time the CSWA has held its annual event in Newfoundland and Labrador in its 35-year history
More than 100 CSWA members from across the country will discuss matters related to the communication of science, technology or medicine.
The packed program includes presentations from university faculty members such as earth scientists, Drs. Derek Wilton and Jeremy Hall, Fisheries Conservation Chair Dr. George Rose and Marine Institute executive director Glen Blackwood, as well as researchers from the National Research Council’s Institute for Ocean Technology.
Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen will bring greetings to the conference on Sunday morning.

The proceedings also feature outings such as a trip to Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve and an evening in the harbour aboard the Nouvelle Orleans, where the CSWA will be presenting awards to the best science journalism from last year.

More information about this conference can be found at www.sciencewriters.ca.

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