ABSW Awards 2016
The awards are supported by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Winners will be announced at the 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists Sat 23 July, Manchester
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Earlier this year the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters wrote to the ABSW to offer a travel scholarship to a British science journalist to visit Oslo for the Abel Prize. After calling for applications to from our members, ABSW member Tim Revell was selected and awarded the scholarship.
Tim had a great experience, made many new contacts, and whilst in Oslo produced a radio piece for the Naked Scientists, which was broadcast on BBC 5Live, Talk Radio Europe, and on RN in Australia, NZ, and South Africa, as well as being downloadable as a podcast here:
Here is Tim's report:
On 24th May Sir Andrew Wiles was awarded the Abel Prize for "his stunning proof of Fermat's Last Theorem”, and thanks to a scholarship from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, I was able to attend the ceremony.
The story begins 350 years ago, when French mathematician Pierre de Fermat was working through his favourite maths book. He came across a problem that made him start to thinking about square numbers and how to split them up. For example, 25 is a square number because it is 5 × 5. But 25 can also be split up into to two smaller square numbers, 16, which is 4 squared, and 9 which is 3 squared, that when added together give back 25.
52 = 42 + 32
Carrying on this thought, Fermat wondered if cube numbers could be split into two cubes, or fourth powers split into two other fourth powers, but he could never find an example. Instead he declared that for any power higher than squares this type of number split was impossible.
Fermat’s Last Theorem
zn ≠ yn + xn, for n ≥ 3
But then Fermat died. His proof was never found and over the years proved pretty difficult to reconstruct. It took over three centuries and thousands of different attempts, but in 1994 after working in complete solitude for seven years, Wiles was able to finally prove the theorem.
Since then Wiles has become probably the world’s most famous (living) mathematician. He’s won all sorts of prizes for his work and now he has an Abel prize, along with a £500k cheque, for his trophy cabinet as well.
Sir Andrew Wiles' story has been a source of inspiration for many mathematicians including myself and so getting the opportunity to meet him at the ceremony was a boyhood dream fulfilled. Whilst in Oslo I was able to interview Wiles for a Naked Scientists radio piece, which you can listen to here: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/interviews/interview/1001867/
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The judging panel has met and decided the shortlists for the Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2016, and the winner of the European Science Writer of the Year Award 2016. Martin Ince, Chair of the Judging Panel and President of the ABSW said: “Our awards go from strength to strength and this year we had the largest number of entries to date. The European Science Writer of the Year, now in its second year, has revealed a wealth of talent across Europe and has strengthened links between the ABSW and our European colleagues.”
The winners of all categories will be announced at the ABSW Science Writers Awards Ceremony on 23rd July at Jodrell Bank, following the 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists. The European Award and all other ABSW Awards are supported by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
Winner: Spanish Science Writer of the Year, Michele Catanzaro, a freelance science journalist nominated by Asociacion Española de Comunicacion Cientifica, AECC (Spanish Association of Scientific Communication) & Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica - ACCC (Catalan Association for Science Communication, Spain)
Highly Commended: French Science Writer of the Year, Stéphane Foucart, a Journalist for the daily French newspaper Le Monde nominated by Association des journalistes scientifiques de la presse d'information
Other Country nominees (each nominee becomes science writer of the year in their nominating country)
Austrian Science Writer of the Year – Elisabeth Schneyder, freelance, nominated by the Austrian Association of Education and Science Journalists
Danish Science Writer of the Year – Jens Ramskov, Journalist at Ingeniøren, nominated by the Danish Science Journalists Association
Dutch Science Writer of the Year – Aliette Jonkers, freelance, nominated by VWN, the Dutch national association for science journalism and communication
Estonian Science Writer of the Year – Arko Olesk, freelance, nominated by the Estonian Association of Science Journalists
Greek Science Writer of the Year – Spiros Kitsinelis, science communicator, nominated by Science View (Greece)
Irish Science Writer of the Year – Claire O’Connell, freelance, nominated by the Irish Science & Technology Journalists' Association (ISTJA)
Serbian Science Writer of the Year – Slobodan Bubnjevic, Editor-in-chief, ELEMENTI, nominated by Mreza Naucnih Novinara, Serbia (The Science Journalist Network)
UK Science Writer of the Year – Steve Connor, freelance (former science editor the Independent), nominated by the Association of British Science Writers
Erika Check Hayden, Ebola's lasting legacy, published in Nature, 05/03/2015
Suzanne Goldenberg, The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world, published in The Guardian, 20/05/2015
Natasha Loder, The age of the red pen: It is now easy to edit the genomes of plants, animals and humans, published in the Economist, 22/08/2015
Daniel Clery, Dark horse scores a fusion coup, published in Science magazine, 28/08/2015
Steve Connor, Britain to Genetically Modify Human Embryos, the Independent, 18/09/2015
Michael Le Page, Earth now halfway to warming limit, published in New Scientist, 01/08/2015
Team entry: Producer/Director: Tim Usborne. Executive Producer: Jane Aldous. Executive Producer: Mark Tattersall. Assistant Producer: James Sandy. Britain's Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield. First broadcast BBC Four 10/08/2015
Team entry: BBC Science Series Editor: Steve Crabtree. Series Producer: Paul King. Producer and Director: Peter Leonard. Researcher: Claudia Woolston. Horizon - OCD: A monster in my mind. First broadcast BBC Two 26/08/2015
Team entry: Director: Thom Hoffman. Producer: Lizzie Crouch. Animator: Patrick Koduah. Animator: Victor Opeyokun. Malaria: How can changing the built environment reduce cases? First broadcast Health Check on BBC World News TV 11/05/2015
Kerri Smith. Music and the making of science. Nature Podcast. First broadcast 12/03/2015
Team: Writer and presenter: James Piercy. Producer: Toby Murcott. My Head. Pier Production for BBC Radio 4 and World Service. First broadcast 06/05/2015
Team: Research, Production & Script Writing: Max Sanderson. Production, Script Writing, and Sound Design: Hana Walker-Brown. Research, Script Writing, and Presenting: Dr Michael Brooks. Presenting: Rick Edwards. Science(ish). A podcast produced in-house for the online and app-based platform Radio Wolfgang. First broadcast 03/12/2015
Damian Carrington. Revealed: the flood defences missing after government cuts, published in the Guardian 08/12/2015
Team entry: Maria Cheng & Raphael Satter. Botching Ebola, published by Associated Press, 20/03/2015
Faye Kirkland. Vitamin and mineral infusions, first broadcast on BBC 5 Live 04/01/2015
Jennie Agg. Inside the metabolism room published in the Good Health section, Daily Mail 29/12/2015
Philip Ball. The God quest: why humans long for immortality, published in New Statesman 30/07/2015
Max Glaskin. What's Stopping You? Published in Bikes Etc magazine 02/11/2015
Alex O'Brien, Freelance
Faye Kirkland, Freelance
Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Retraction Watch, formerly freelance
James Iremonger, Heriot-Watt University. Labyrinthula: navigating the maze. James Iremonger’s blog 16/08/2015
Sophie McManus, University of Cambridge. Women in Science - A Call to Arms. Biodetectives 09/03/2015
Thomas Webb, University of Paul Sabatier & University of Reading. What is the biggest air pollution event in the modern era? EGU blogging platform 24/06/2015
Philip Ball, Prospect blog, Prospect
Alex Bellos, Alex Bellos's Adventures in Numberland, The Guardian
Barbara Kiser, A View from the Bridge: Nature's Books and Arts blog, Nature
Explorathon 2015, University of Aberdeen
TheGIST- The Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology, University of Glasgow/University of Strathclyde
The Young Scientists Journal, Herts and Essex High School
There is no shortlist for this category and the award winner will be announced at the ceremony
The ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2016 attracted nearly 250 entries. An independent panel of science journalists and science communicators judged the entries based on originality, appeal to a broad audience, novelty of subject matter, likely impact, style, content, entertainment, balance and depth of reporting.
Award winners will receive a certificate and a small cash prize and enter the ABSW hall of fame that includes previous Award winners Sir David Attenborough, Sir John Maddox (Nature), and Judith Hann (BBC Tomorrow’s World).
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We engage with policymakers and the general public to develop awareness and understanding of the value of physics and, through IOP Publishing, we are world leaders in professional scientific communications.
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3rd European Conference of Science Journalists
The 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ) will be held as a satellite event at EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). The Conference jointly organized by the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and the European Union of Science Journalist Associations (EUSJA), replaces the ABSW’s biennial UK Conference of Science Journalists, extending its reach to journalists throughout Europe.
For further information: http://www.absw.org.uk/news-and-events/events/3rd-european-conference-of-science-journalists
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a publisher of high impact scientific and medical information in print and online. NPG publishes journals, online databases, and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine.
Chief Careers Editor, Nature
Preferably London or New York, but also open to San Francisco
We are looking for a Chief Careers Editor for the journal Nature, to lead a team in building a vibrant digital hub of editorial content that furthers the careers of scientists at all stages of their careers.
The Chief Careers Editor will be a natural innovator who thrives online. You will have significant experience in senior roles in scientific publishing and editing, with a proven track record managing editors and writers as well as experience in science journalism.
You will oversee the creation of editorially independent content focusing on research career trends and issues, and enabling researchers in their work. This content will be published online and in Nature’s print magazine, and might include service features, Q&As, how-to videos, personal essays, expert columns, advice columns, obituaries, announcements.
Your team will also curate relevant content to an online Careers hub designed to enhance the lives and careers of working scientists.
This role will also involve overseeing independently executed but commercially driven (such as sponsored) content for the hub and guiding a lively blog updating researchers on news in the career sector.
The Chief Careers Editor will also participate in the organization of Nature Careers Expos, helping to develop panel ideas and source speakers
Applicants must have an existing right to live and work in the country they wish to work in. The level of appointment will be commensurate with experience.
For further details and to apply upload a copy of your CV and covering letter, stating salary expectations.
Closing Date: Monday 20 June 2016
We are a professional Portuguese company starting a new project that consists of a multilingual online magazine about immunotherapy treatments for cancer.
We have 20 years of experience in multilingual online destination guides (www.madeira-web.com, www.madeira-live.com), and we are now starting this new project, which will be developed over the next 2 years.
Thus, we are looking for a science journalist (part-time freelancer or full-time) specialised in immunotherapy treatments for cancer and with experience in writing original articles and general content in English on this subject, making scientific information more understandable and appealing to the general public (we are aiming at around 10,000 words for the basic site info, and then daily news).
Closing Date: Wednesday 27 July 2016
The AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards are now global. A doubling of the endowment by The Kavli Foundation allows entries from around the world in each of the reporting categories. We present two awards in each category: a Gold award ($5,000) and a Silver award ($3,500).
Entries for the 2016 competition will be accepted online starting in early May. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2016. Entries must have been published, broadcast or posted online during the contest year: July 16, 2015 to July 15, 2016.
Please read the Contest Rules and Frequently Asked Questions before submitting. Note: If the submitted work was published or broadcast in a language other than English, you must provide an English translation.
The awards recognize outstanding reporting for a general audience on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Stories on the environment, energy, science policy, and health qualify if they deal in a substantive way with underlying science. Independent committees of journalists select the winning entries.
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