October 9, 2014
[Update 10-10: I asked Scott Rosenberg, ScienceOnline's board chairman, whether he thought the sexual harassment scandal was an important factor in the organization's decision to shut down. He declined to comment beyond what is in the statement that was released yesterday.--PR]
In an email to supporters early this evening, ScienceOnline, the organizer of annual science writing conferences so popular they often sold out in minutes, said it has been forced to dissolve the organization.
The email blamed "uphill challenges" raising money and attracting volunteers.
ScienceOnline said it has canceled its February, 2015 conference planned for Atlanta. "We ...
January 10, 2014
Uproar over sexual harassment has not affected attendance at ScienceOnline 2014, executive director says.
An uproar over sexual harassment charges against one of the cofounders of the ScienceOnline meeting has so far not affected this year's attendance, one of the meeting's founders and organizers said in a telephone interview yesterday.
"We filled the registration within an hour, and we filled the remaining spots from a lottery," said Karyn Traphagen, the meeting's executive director, said. "Typically, we have 7-10 percent of attendees who cancel each year. This year, we have about 3 percent, but we have another seven weeks to go...We're moving ahead like we normally do." The meeting will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Raleigh, N.C.