Leadership in Health and Science Communications

The Health and Science Communications Association is an association of communications professionals committed to sharing knowledge and resources in the health and science arenas. The foundation for our network is built upon our unique membership which has created opportunities for unlimited exchange of information and support.

Registration is now open for HeSCA 2014 conference

Please join us in celebrating HeSCA’s 55 years as a leader in health and science communications at our 2014 conference.

March 27-30, 2014
Hotel Monaco, San Francisco

Click here for program, registration, and hotel information.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Save the Date

Come celebrate HeSCA’s 55 years as leader in health and science communicators. Please join us as we honor HeSCA’s history and bring closure to our organization.

……….When: March 27 – 30, 2014
……….Where: San Francisco

This meeting will include several important events:

……….Program where participants will share recent projects and experiences
……….Final business meeting
……….Networking opportunities with colleagues and friends from around the world

Details are under development, but we want you to get the dates on your calendar as soon as possible. To encourage attendance, registration fees will be minimal.

RSVP: We need to know how many are likely to attend, so please RSVP. Send an email to [email protected] telling us if you definitely will, may or won’t come.

We hope to see you there!

News from HeSCA

A new issue of Feedback is online with the latest news from our organization.  Download it here.

Past issues are on our Publications page.


Join HeSCA on LinkedIn

HeSCA on LinkedInThe recent member survey showed that our members want HeSCA’s primary social media presence to be on LinkedIn. In response, we are moving our listserv discussions to LinkedIn.

Please join us. Simply sign in to LinkedIn, search “HeSCA” and click join.  Then ask a question, post a response, or just browse through  ongoing discussions.

LinkedIn has some features that make it ideal for professional discussions. In addition, you can choose how often you want to hear from us: every time someone starts a new discussion, once a week summary of activities, or never. Based on your settings, LinkedIn will send you emails with links that will take you directly to discussion threads. Download instructions on how to set up preferences here.

We look forward to hearing from you online!

Golden Raster winner – Roger Hickinbotham

Congratulations to HeSCA’s 2012 Golden Raster recipient, Roger Hickinbotham from the UK.

As a “raster” provides stability and form to the electronic image so the “Golden Raster” recognizes individuals who have provided stability and inspiration to HeSCA through imaginative leadership, unswerving service, and contributions of innovation to our field. The Golden Raster Award represents the culmination of distinguished service and distinguished achievement.

2012 HeSCA Service Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of HeSCA’s 2012 Service Awards, announced at the 53rd International Conference on Health & Science Communications.

Golden Raster:  Roger Hickinbotham

HeSCA’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Raster represents the culmination of distinguished service and distinguished achievement.

Special Achievement: Craig Locatis, PhD

HeSCA’s Special Achievement award recognizes individuals who have accomplished a significant goal or established a landmark in the field of biocommunications.

Literary Award:  Mark Saba

The Literary Award goes to the author of the best article by a HeSCA member published in our journal.

More information about the awards can be found here.


2012 Media Festival Winners

The winners of the 2012 HeSCA Media Festival were announced at the 53rd International Conference on Health & Science Communications in Providence, Rhode Island.

Congratulations to Vida Health Communications, Inc for winning BEST OF SHOW with:

“All Babies Cry: Tried and true tips for comforting your newborn and yourself

  Lisa McElaney, Producer

A complete list of the winners can be found here or downloaded here.

Conference off to a GREAT start!

HeSCA 2012 Conference logo

A group of dedicated HeSCAn’s are gathering in Providence, Rhode Island for the start of a fabulous annual meeting.

Our first day saw a strong focus on social media best practices and how to best realize a strong ROI from your social media investments.  After all… it’s not just for socializing anymore.  It’s a valuable business tool!

The cartooning workshop proved there is a creative streak where you least expect it.

And the evening networking event showcased our competitive sides.  Congratulations to the Red team for winning the team building challenge!

Members – Your vote is needed

The Board has revised the Constitution and Bylaws to help us lead the association in a more efficient manner.  We have posted a summary of the proposed changes as well as the entire revised and amended Constitution and Bylaws at https://hesca.net/about/constitution-and-bylaws/ 

To make voting as efficient (i.e. easy) as possible, we have posted an online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTM2YNC.

According to the current Bylaws, we need over half the membership to vote to approve or deny these recommendations,  So please go to the survey and vote Yes or No.  It will take less than 30 seconds of your time.

Conference deadlines extended to Friday, May 25

HeSCA 2012 Conference logoDid you put off making your hotel reservation for the upcoming conference?  And now you’re afraid you’ve missed the deadline for great hotel rates? Well, here’s some great news!

The deadline for preferred rates at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence is extended to this Friday, May 25. Reserve your room now!

The conference registration deadline is also this Friday, so simplify your life and register for both now.

As with all HeSCA conferences, this year’s meeting promises a great program and terrific networking opportunities. Sessions will focus on social media, strategic planning, teambuilding, creative uses of media (from cartooning to eTextbooks, and interactive timelines to rare book photography), mobile technology, viral video, and much, much more.

Don’t miss out!  Check it all out on the Providence 2012 website.