This fall, the board of the Canadian Science Writers' Association will be asking members to vote on a proposed set of changes to its constitution. In the lead up to that vote we, the board, want to hear from all members about one of the most fundamental components of our organizational document: what we call ourselves.
The challenge before us is to capture our identities both as individual professionals and as an organization. We are proud of our 45-year history of promoting balanced and accurate science reporting in Canadian media, and encouraging a greater awareness of the importance of science coverage. We also want to respond, in an inclusive way, to an evolving media landscape that has seen our membership grow to encompass a diverse spectrum of roles within science communications.
Over the next few weeks we are asking you to first submit your suggestions and then select a name that you think best represents our organization and identifies our brand to the public.
Submitting is easy to do. If you are a member, you can add your suggestion right here as a comment to this post. Or you can include it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This post will be updated regularly with suggestions added to the list until September 30. (Serious suggestions only, please!) Members will then be asked during the first week of October to select their preferred option from the list of suggestions. The name that emerges from this process will be included with the proposed constitutional changes that members will be asked to consider in November.
Here are the suggestions so far. Got a better idea? Let us know!
1) Retain current name (Canadian Science Writers’ Association)
2) Canadian Science Communicators
3) Canadian Science Writers and Communicators Association
4) Science Writers and Communicators of Canada
5) Science in Society Canada
6) Science Journalists and Communicators of Canada
7) Canadian Association of Science Communicators
Voting will be the first week of October.
We hope all members participate in this collective exercise to ensure our organization's name is meaningful and relevant to us all.