ABSW Key News/Dates
ABSW Executive Board Elections - meet your proposed new Executive Board
ABSW AGM Agenda Published - Thursday 30 March 2017 - The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross Station Concourse, London
ABSW Awards Ceremony - Thursday 25 May 2017 - Central London tbc
European Conference for Science Journalists - 26-30 June 2017 - Copenhagen
World Conference of Science Journalists - 26-30 October 2017 - San Francisco
ABSW Awards 2017
Entries for the 2017 ABSW Science Writers Awards for Britain and Ireland and for European Science Writer of the Year closed to entry on Friday 24 February at midnight.
ABSW members can still 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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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
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'.
SciencePOD, which stands for Science Prose On-Demand, provides science writing and editing service to academic publishers, research organisations and many more entities of whom work in fields related to science, medicine and technology. We predominately publish bespoke magazine-style articles in a slick tablet-ready platform targeted at mainstream audiences.
The opportunity of a spare place on the EUSJA trip to Berlin for Science Week and the Falling Walls conference came up with less than 24 hours' notice, which is why I was sent to take advantage.
The trip included around 20 journalists from across Europe: I spotted people from Spain, Finland, Russia, and Estonia on the first day, when we were given a tour of three of Berlin's scientific establishments.