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About the Association of British Science Writers

The Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) exists to help those who write about science and technology, and to improve the standard of science journalism in the UK. We are an association of science writers, journalists, broadcasters and science-based communications professionals.

Founded in 1947, the ABSW has provided science journalists with networking, training, gossip, opportunities and jobs for over 60 years. We aim to promote the highest standards of journalism and writing by encouraging flair and bravery. We also hope to foster a mutually supportive community and to provide an environment for new ideas to develop and flourish. 

Through debates and events, our discussion group and our science writing awards we help to create links between science writers, their subjects and markets. List of member benefits.

In July 2010 we established the UK Conference of Science Journalism, a biyearly event following on from the highly successful 2009 World Conference of Science Journalism held in London. Members can access video and podcasts from the 2010 and 2012 conferences.

Memorandum, Articles and Standing Orders

In 2010 the ABSW became a company limited by guarantee.  The Memorandum, Articles and Standing Orders to which the ABSW must adhere can be found here.  

ABSW Democracy and Decision Making

The ABSW is managed by an Executive Board comprising a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer (who are also Directors of the company) and a European Representative (who may be the President), plus up to seven other members elected at the AGM, and up to four co-opted members.   The AGM also appoints an Honorary President who needs to be considered for re-appointment every three years.   

Executive Board members are elected annually for a term of one year and take up office immediately after the AGM. The President and the Vice- President may hold office for no more than three consecutive years.  There are no restrictions on how long other Board members may hold office. 
 
Elections for the Executive Board take place annually and any full member of the ABSW may stand for election. Full and life members may then vote in the election. In past years a vote took place at the AGM, however, from 2014 onwards the ABSW will organise an 'online' nominations and voting process to enable all members to take part.   The results will then be announced and ratified at the AGM.
 
For full details of the nomination and election process (including how to stand for election, details of post responsibilities etc) please see further details contained in the members only part of the ABSW website - you will be prompted to login to the site to read this article.
 
The Executive Board meets at least six times a year. 
 
If you are looking for a science, technology or medical journalist, please visit the Member DirectoryOur web directory allows members to advertise themselves to the world and, at the same time, make contact with any other professional in the association. Our website is prominent when searching for "science writers", so we are able to raise the web profile of journalists and broadcasters seeking freelance work. We also have a popular webpage where members can advertise their books.

 

If you are looking to enter science journalism, take a look at our FAQs, which link to various online resources.

Public relations professionals are welcome to join as non-voting Associate members, and student membership helps those with a relevant interest in science journalism who are seeking to enter the profession.

Members of the ABSW are affiliated to the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations. The ABSW is also a member of the World Federation of Science Journalists.

Getting in touch

To get in touch, visit Contact Us. You can also find more information here about advertising with us. 

If you have any queries, be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Recruiting?

Advertise a job on the ABSW website and on our email list.

Conferences

The 3rd UK Conference of Science Journalists will take place in London on Wed 18 June 2014. See what's in store by taking a look back at the 2nd UK Conference of Science Journalists

ABSW Awards

The winners of the 2012 ABSW Science Writers’ Awards were announced on Monday 25th June 2012.

Find a Science Writer

Looking for an expert science writer? Search our directory of members and get in contact with them directly. It couldn't be easier!

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