ABSW Key News/Dates
ABSW Executive Board Elections - nominations are now open for all posts until Wed 1 March 2017
ABSW AGM - Thursday 30 March 2017 - Central London tbc
European Conference for Science Journalists - 26-30 June 2017 - Copenhagen
ABSW Awards 2017
Entries for the 2017 ABSW Science Writers Awards for Britain and Ireland and for European Science Writer of the Year are now open for entry until Friday 24 February at midnight.
ABSW members can now nominate candidates for the British Entry to the European Science Writer of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards are supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
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Nominations for the ABSW Executive Board are now open until 17:00 on Wednesday 1 March. All posts on the Executive Board come up for election each year with those elected taking up office immediately after the AGM (30 March 2017).
The posts available are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer (who are also Directors of the company, as the ABSW is a Company Limited by Guarantee) and a European Representative (who may be the President), plus up to seven other general members.
FALLING WALLS FELLOWSHIP FOR JOURNALISTS
The fellowship is aimed at journalists and bloggers who would like to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences.
The fellows get the opportunity to attend the Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture and the Falling Walls Conference as well as an additional programme in Berlin around 8 and 9 November 2017.
The fellowship includes travel expenses, accommodation and conference fees.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Freelance and full-time journalists or bloggers with at least three years of professional experience.
APPLICATION & DEADLINE
Apply online at www.falling-walls.com/fellowships/science-fellowship
Application deadline: 25 June 2017
Further information is available online at http://www.falling-walls.com/fellowships/science-fellowship
EMBL is looking for a Head of Media Relations to lead all of its international media activities and raise the organisation’s profile with the press worldwide. As Head of Media Relations you would work with a group of writers, designers, web producers and analysts in our Strategy and Communications team, promoting the work of EMBL at its five sites in Europe.
We are an international, friendly and supportive team, with ties to scientists and professionals throughout EMBL and to the broader science communication community. This position is a new role, based in Heidelberg, Germany, and will involve some international travel.
Qualifications & experience:
As our ideal candidate, you will have a university degree or relevant professional qualification with substantial experience in a media-relations role in a science-based environment at international level.
We are looking for someone with a proactive, open and professional attitude, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to communicate confidently and clearly about complex scientific issues. You will have the ability to develop a media engagement plan, and experience developing content and ensuring its effective distribution.
Calm and competent when faced with tricky reputational issues, you will have a track record for managing crisis situations and advising senior stakeholders.
To really excel in this role, you will need to have experience building and maintaining relationships with journalists, and come with a strong network of international media contacts. You will also need to be good at building close working relationships across a wide range of stakeholders within and outside the organisation.
An excellent command of spoken and written English is necessary; fluency in German is highly desirable. Experience working in an international environment is an asset.
For more information and how to apply, go to:
Closing Date: Sunday 26 February 2017
Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans: How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds by Julia Gottwald (ABSW member) & Barbara Sahakian
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year of publication: 2017
The recent explosion of neuroscience techniques has been game-changing in terms of understanding the human brain. One of the key techniques is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which allows us to observe brain activity in real time. Already fMRI has been used to detect conscious activity in some patients who had all indications of being in a vegetative state, and even enabled us to communicate with some of them. This is just one of the many striking areas in which fMRI can be used to 'read minds'.