In addition to breaking research news, the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting offers a full roster of social and networking opportunities for Newsroom registrants. Additional details will be forthcoming soon, but the following events will be part of the Newsroom events lineup:
International Press Reception — 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Thursday, 16 February 2006, Crystal Ballroom, Renaissance Grand Hotel (across the street from America's Center). Each year, a welcoming reception is planned in honor of the many reporters who travel long distances to cover the AAAS Annual Meeting. All Newsroom registrants are invited to participate in this informal cocktail reception. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. The 2006 International Press Reception is being sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
European Research Breakfast — This event, sponsored by the European Commission (EU), provides reporters with a unique opportunity to meet with leading EU scientists and policy-makers. It will be held in the America's Center in Washington Room G on Friday, 17 February 2006, from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
EurekAlert! Reception — EurekAlert! will host an afternoon reception from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2006, in the second floor atrium, right near the Newsroom. All press registrants are invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by Dharmacon.
AAAS Science Journalism Awards — AAAS will host a special reception on Friday, 17 February from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the famous Gateway Arch of St. Louis, featuring the Museum of Westward Expansion and trams for carrying visitors to the top of the 630-foot structure. The 2005 Science Journalism Awards will be presented in one of the facility's IMAX theaters. Guests also will be invited to tour the museum and take a trip to the top of the Arch. This event is open to all 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting Newsroom registrants. Beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m., shuttle buses will travel back and forth between America's Center and the Gateway Arch. Signs will be posted. Guests will be asked to show a 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting press registration badge at the door. The awards are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
AAAS-EurekAlert! Fellows from Developing Regions Party — Join us Saturday, 18 February as we celebrate this year's winners of the AAAS-EurekAlert! Fellowships for Reporters from Developing Regions. This party, co-hosted by the International Science Writers Association and the World Federation of Science Journalists, will take place from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the historic, funky Orpheum Theater. This year's AAAS-EurekAlert! fellows—promising, young science reporters from Latin America—will be honored. But, the event is open to all AAAS press registrants, and we also hope to see the wonderful Bosch Foundation fellows from Germany, too!
The International Science Writers Association will have a business meeting on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m. in Room 274, America's Center.
The World Federation of Science Journalists will meet on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in Room 274, America's Center. Jean-Marc Fleury, executive director of the Federation, will discuss a new "peer-to-peer" development project to support science journalists in Africa and the Middle East. There also will be a preview of the 5th World Conference of Science Journalists, scheduled for 17-20 April 2007 in Melbourne, Australia.
Local Science Writers' Party — Get ready because St. Louis-area science writers are planning a gala on Sunday, 19 February, at the fabulous City Museum. The Academy of Science of St. Louis is hosting the party with the St. Louis Science Writers. You have to see this place to believe it. We enjoyed the slides during our scout visit to St. Louis. Click here for further details.
NASW — See www.nasw.org for all information related to the National Association of Science Writers.