2014 Conference

All Good Things Must Come to an End


Thank you for your interest in HeSCA’s 2014 meeting.  Unfortunately the boat trip and wine tasting that’s part of the Saturday celebratory event is sold out.  If you still want to register for the rest of the meeting, please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 781-784-9700.


HeSCA’s 2014 Conference
March 27 – 29, San Francisco


Please join us in closing the books and celebrating the life of HeSCA as we meet for the final time in San Francisco, California at the Hotel Monaco on March 27 – 29, 2014!

More than fifty years ago, the Health and Science Communications Association was founded “to provide a means whereby exchange of information and the resources of a variety of institutions could be focused on the use of television in the health sciences.”

The mission of the association evolved to “advance an international community of professionals dedicated to promoting excellence in health and science communications through leadership, education, and the application of technology.” And indeed, the association advanced and enriched the professional and personal lives of many of us over the years. Networks were built, knowledge was shared and friendships were forged. At times, many of us felt like part of a large, loving family.

Professional cultures change… and sadly, the entity that has given so much to so many of us is no longer sustainable. So with heavy hearts we are forced to close operations of HeSCA.

Below, please find a preliminary program for our upcoming conference.  It consists of morning sessions on Friday and Saturday, a final Business Meeting, and an off-site celebration event. ALL attendees will be asked to give a 5 – 15  minute presentation.  It can be about a particularly interesting project or accomplishment… or just an update on what’s happening in your professional or personal life.  Of course there will be opportunities for networking and fun along the way as we give our beloved organization a proper sendoff!



Full:  $225.  This includes 2 days of program, 1 continental breakfast, 2 lunches, and an off-site Celebration Extravaganza.

Guests:  $125.  This covers the off-site Celebration Extravaganza (Saturday afternoon/evening).  It does not include participation in the program, breakfast or lunch.

Register on line now by clicking here.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE:  Register before February 24 to receive these rates.  After February 24th, you will be charged an additional $100.

Cancellations of meeting registration before February 24, 2014 are subject to a $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be made after this date.



A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Monaco Hotel at the group rate of $189/night (plus applicable taxes). The deadline for receiving this rate is February 24, 2014.  Please book early.  Once our room block is full, we may not be able to open up any additional rooms at this rate.

There are 3 ways to book your hotel room:


Thursday 3/27
Arrivals, Happy Hour Meet-Up, Dinner on your own.


Friday 3/28
8:30 am:  Registration and continental breakfast

9 am – 12:30 pm:   Professional Updates Session, Part One

ALL attendees will be expected to present on the topic of their choice. The idea here is to give each attendee up to 15 minutes to tell everyone else about what has been happening in their professional or personal lives.

12:30 – 2:30 pm:  Lunch honoring Past Presidents and Golden Raster winners and finding a home for the ancient and honorable package of goodies (all conference registrants are invited)

Friday afternoon and evening are free to explore San Francisco.  If you’d like to get away by yourself, or with a small group of friends, this is the time. Or meet in the hotel lobby living room for a complimentary wine reception from 5-6pm, then those who wish to can head out to dinner as a group.


Saturday 3/29
9 am – Noon:  Professional Updates Session, Part Two

ALL attendees will be expected to present on the topic of their choice. The idea here is to give each attendee up to 15 minutes to tell everyone else about what has been happening in their professional or personal lives.

Noon – 2 pm:  Luncheon including a special “History of HeSCA” retrospective.  This will be followed by the FINAL Business Meeting where all issues of closure will be handled.

4 – 10 pm:  Off-site Celebration Extravaganza.  This event merges HeSCA’s most legendary networking activities (boat trip, museum visit and banquet) into one celebratory event.  (One ticket is included in your registration.  Guest tickets are available.)

  • Wine Tasting on the Bay:  2 hour cruise plus wine or beer tasting of local brews
  • Visit to the San Francisco Sourdough museum
  • Celebration dinner overlooking Alcatraz island and the Golden Gate Bridge with a special showing of HeSCA’s “People Shows”

Sunday 3/30
Depart – Many of us will arrive on Wednesday and stay on for an extra day or two (Rates are extended three days before and three days after the conference at the hotel’s discretion based on availability.)


Special needs:
HeSCA is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Participants who require assistance must notify the association in advance of the meeting. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate meeting needs. Hotel facility needs are the responsibility of the Monaco Hotel.


We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

The Planning Committee:

Arlyn Bonfield, Jim Huff, Chuck Lenosky, Keven Siegert



HeSCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit association / HeSCA TIN: 56-6068234