Professional Organizations


Science Writing

National Association of Science Writers: A forum in which [science writers can] join forces to improve their craft and encourage conditions that promote good science writing.

American Medical Writers AssociationOffers a continuing education program; annual conference; networking opportunities; job services, including Jobs Online and a Freelance Directory; and the AMWA Journal, an indexed, peer-reviewed publication.

Society for Technical CommunicationSTC is the world's largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication. 

Northwest Science Writers Association: a regional non-profit group for science communicators.

New England Science Writers: a regional professional organization of reporters, writers, freelancers, producers, bloggers, authors and communicators.


Science Communication Organizations

STEMPRA: A network for science PR and communications professionals. (UK-based)

National Science Communication Institute: NSCI's mission is to help improve science collaboration, discovery, education and public policy by reforming the communication culture inside science.

Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology (American Association for the Advancement of Science): Their activities focus on providing scientists and scientific institutions with the resources they need to have meaningful conversations with the public. Follow on Twitter!

COMPASS: "Our mission, at our founding and today, is to help scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making."

SharingScienceHelping scientists effectively share their work with broader audiences to promote the widespread awareness of Earth and space science and its value. AGU members can join the network.


Science Education (K-college)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA): Promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

Society for College Science Teachers (SCST):  An interdisciplinary affiliate of NSTA that is dedicated solely to the study and advancement of college science teaching. We are a dedicated community of college and university teaching scholars working to enhance science education through development and testing of best classroom teaching practices.  Click here to see an application form.



General Career Development Support

The Versatile PhD (via UCLA): a resource on non-academic careers for graduate students in humanities, social science and STEM disciplines.

Individual Development Plana tool to help explore your career choices and plan for the future.