ABSW News/Key Dates
Annual Board elections - Nominations for 2016
ABSW AGM and social 2016 Thursday 7 April 2016 - Agenda and to RSVP
3rd European Conference of Science Journalists. Saturday 23 July 2016, Manchester
ABSW Mentoring Scheme- get your pitches/story ideas looked over by our editors (for ABSW members only)
Future Events - let the ABSW Board know what events you would like to see programmed
ABSW Awards 2016
The 2016 Awards, supported by Janssen R&D, are now closed to entry.
Shortlists will be announced in June. Winners will be announced at the 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists Sat 23 July, Manchester
The ABSW is still seeking members nominations for the British entrant to European Science Writer of the Year
Looking for a Writer?
Our directory of members is currently being updated and will be back online soon.
Sorting the Beef from the Bull by Nicola Temple
Food adulteration, motivated by money, is an issue that has spanned the globe throughout human history. Whether it's a matter of making a good quality oil stretch a bit further by adding a little extra 'something' or labelling a food falsely to appeal to current consumer trends - it's all food fraud, and it costs the food industry billions of dollars each year. The price to consumers may be even higher, with some paying for these crimes with their health and, in some cases, their lives.
Sorting the Beef from the Bull is a collection of food fraud tales from around the world. It explains the role of science in uncovering some of the century's biggest food scams, and explores the arms race between food forensics and fraudsters as new methods of detection spur more creative and sophisticated means of committing the crimes. This book equips us with the knowledge of what is possible in the world of food fraud and shines a light on the shady areas of our food supply system where these criminals lurk.
Webpage where this book can be bought:
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The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters would like to offer a travel scholarship to a British science journalist to come to Oslo for the Abel Prize events in May. Andrew Wiles got the Abel Prize this year. He will receive the Abel Prize from HRH Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony in Oslo on the 24th of May. The award ceremony will be followed by a reception where Andrew Wiles will be interviewed in front of a live audience. In the evening the Norwegian minister of Education and research will host a banquet at Akershus Castle in honour of the laureate. The following day there will be Abel Lectures at the University of Oslo. Simon Singh will be one of the speakers. More information about the Abel Prize events in May can be found here: http://www.abelprize.no/
The Norwegian Academy will cover expenses related to travel, hotel and food. The journalist will of course be invited to all the events, including the banquet. We suggest that the journalist come to Oslo on the 23rd of May (or early on the 24th) and stay till the 26th of May.
Employer & post, or freelance & primary outlets written for:
One para summary on why you would like to attend:
Deadline Tuesday 3 May 17:00
We’re looking for an experienced Publications Manager with a passion for sustainability and international development, to join our Publications team.
Scriptoria produces a wide range of print, online and multimedia publications, and the Publications Manager will have responsibility for managing specific projects from start to finish. The role will involve engaging with a wide range of subject areas, from agriculture, climate change and poverty reduction to the biological and medical sciences.
We are looking for someone who has a genuine interest in the areas in which we work and is keen to make a difference. The work is dynamic and often very busy so we need a Publications Manager who is able to juggle multiple tasks, meet deadlines and deliver high quality products. Experience of copyediting and proofreading is essential.
You can read more about Scriptoria’s work on the Publications page on our website www.scriptoria.co.uk.
For further details including how to apply, view the full Job Specification:
Closing date for applications: 30 April 2016
Interviews: Scriptoria’s offices in London, 17 and 18 May 2016
U.S.-based biotech magazine Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (http://www.genengnews.com/) is looking to expand its coverage of life science and biotechnology developments in Europe.
Experience in writing about the life sciences, biotechnology and/or the pharmaceutical industry a must. Looking for tech-savvy reporters across the biotechnologies spectrum with particular expertise in drug discovery, genomics and bioprocessing. Writers with research and lab experience in academia or industry or both preferred; writers holding a doctoral degree a plus.
The ABSW Annual General Meeting and social will take place on Thursday 7 April 18:30 for 19:00 start upstairs at The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit St, London, WC1N 3LZ. In accordance with the ABSW Standing Orders the Agenda is published here three weeks in advance of the meeting.
Date and time: Thu 7 April 2016 18:30 for 19:00 start
Venue: The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit St, London, WC1N 3LZ (upstairs room and bar)
Drinks and buffet provided
Invited: All ABSW members
NB: Only full and life members may vote. Quorum for the meeting is 10 voting members
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Minutes of the Last ABSW AGM held on 26 March 2015
3 Matters Arising
4 President’s Report
5 Treasurer’s Report
6 Auditors’ Report
Pete Wrobel/Michael Kenward
7 Proposed Amendments to the ABSW Standing Orders
After consultation with ABSW members the Executive Board is proposing the following changes to the ABSW Standing Orders to simplify disciplinary procedures and remove the role of honorary president.
Delete all existing text in Standing Order 16 and replace with:
16 Disciplinary Procedure
At its sole discretion, the board may, by a simple majority vote, expel any member whose behaviour has in its opinion brought the ABSW into serious disrepute; it will account to the next AGM for its action. The decision will be duly recorded in the Executive Board and AGM Minutes. Any member so expelled will have the right to appeal the decision at the next AGM.
Amendments to remove post of honorary president
Amend standing order 2:
2. ABSW members entitled to vote are Life Members, and Full Members who have paid the correct subscription within the previous 18 months, and the Honorary President. Student, Associate and Corporate members may not vote.
Amend standing order 9:
9. The ABSW will have the following categories of member. All new members must be approved by the Executive Board.
The AGM shall appoint a President of the Association, who will hold office for a period of three years. The Honorary President can be re-appointed for further terms of three years.
The rest of this standing order remains
Amend standing order 10:
10. The subscription for each category of membership shall be determined annually by the Executive Board. The Board has the power to waive subscriptions. The Honorary President and Life Members will not pay a subscription.
Action: The AGM are asked to approve these amendments to the standing orders.
8 Election of Executive Board
All posts on the Executive Board are elected annually at the AGM. This is the third year in which the Board has run its election process on line. In accordance with the Standing Orders nominations opened on 25 January 2016 and closed on 22 February 2016. The following individuals stood for election:
Martin Ince – President
Mico Tatalovic – Vice President
Connie St Louis – European Representative
Aisling Irwin - Secretary
Wendy Grossman/Katharine Sanderson/Victoria Parsons/Jack Serle/Lou del Bello/Cristina Gallardo/Emma Stoye – general post on the Board (7 maximum available)
There are therefore no contested posts and no candidates for Treasurer. There is no specific guidance in the Standing Orders on procedure where posts are not contested or no nominations received. The Executive Board agreed the following procedure and this was approved by the appointed election tellers (Andy Coughlan/John Bonner)
Details of the nominations were placed on the ABSW website in mid-March and the AGM is now asked to ratify these individuals to comprise the new Executive Board. At the first meeting of the new Executive Board after this AGM the Board will consider co-opting individuals to cover vacant posts
The ABSW would like to express its thanks to Victoria Parsons for her previous work as Treasurer and to retiring Executive Board members Beki Hill – particularly for her role in organizing ABSW Events, and Joshua Howgego – particularly for his liaison work with the Ugandan Science Journalists’ Association with whom the ABSW is twinned.
9 Election of Auditors
The AGM are asked to elect two auditors for 2016 (auditors may not be members of the Executive Board). Pete Wrobel and Michael Kenward acted as auditors in 2015 and have both indicated they can act in this role for a further year, however the posts are open to any full member of the ABSW.
Action: Ask if any members wish to stand as auditor for 2016, take a vote to decide who should be appointed to this role
10 Appointment of Life Members
The ABSW Board has no nominations for Life Members in 2016
11 Date of Next AGM
12 Any Other Business