2014 Science Writers Conference @ Ohio State University 10/17-10/21

| August 12, 2014

The annual ScienceWriters meeting is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. A mix of professional development workshops, briefings on the latest scientific research, extensive networking opportunities, and field trips, it is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, with content to appeal to both the newest writers and seasoned professionals. The location varies each year based on the host institution, providing access to science writers in all parts of the United States.

In 2014, we are meeting in Columbus, Ohio, from October 17-21. Mark your calendars and plan to stay an extra day or two to take it all in.
For a full schedule and program listing, visit the Schedule page.

Travel & accommodations


ScienceWriters2014 will be held at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Please make your travel plans early. Our conference occurs during a busy weekend in Columbus. The Columbus Marathon takes place on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 19, with the start and finish line just a few blocks from the headquarters hotel, and it’s homecoming weekend on campus. ScienceWriters attendees are very unlikely to find more affordable rooms at Downtown hotels, particularly on Saturday night, Oct. 18.

Headquarters hotel details
Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215

A block of discounted rooms ($145 plus tax) is available for the nights of Thursday, Oct. 16, through Tuesday, Oct. 21. To receive this discount, use this group website and reserve your room by Sept. 26 using the group code SCIENC.

If you prefer to make your reservation by telephone, call 614-384-8600 and refer to either the Science Writers group name or the SCIENC group code.

Nearby hotels

The Hilton is in the Short North neighborhood near Downtown, and several hotels are within walking distance. However, ScienceWriters coincides with the Columbus Marathon (Sunday morning), so rooms at other hotels downtown, and better rates in this area, will be difficult to find.

Hotels within walking distance of the Hilton include:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Downtown
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Renaissance Columbus Downtown
  • Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square


By air

Nonstop flights to Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) are available from several U.S. cities, including: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

The best method of airport transfer to the hotel is via taxi, available 24 hours at the cab stand outside baggage claim. The 15-minute ride should cost about $25. Be sure to clarify that you are going to the Hilton Columbus Downtown on North High Street by the Convention Center. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle.

Additional transportation options from CMH — such as rental cars and limos as well as maps — can be found on the airport website.

By ground

If you drive to the hotel, directions are available here. The Hilton offers two daily parking options: valet ($24) or self parking ($20).

Greyhound provides regular service to Columbus from many destinations. The Downtown Columbus bus station is about 10 blocks from the Hilton. (www.greyhound.com; 800-231-2222)

Around Columbus

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