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The 2015 Awards are now open for entry and close to entries on Wednesday 18 March 2015. NB: Dates for the new European Award can be found in specific guidelines for that Award

New for 2015 is the European Science Writer of the Year Award.   Entry for this award will be by nomination from european science journalism associations. To determine the British entrant the ABSW has asked ABSW members for their nominations.  

Due to membership feedback the ABSW has changed the entry guidelines in order to enable non British journalists writing for British audiences to enter the awards.   See entry guidelines for more.

Seema Kumar, Vice President, Enterprise Innovation and Global Health Communication, Johnson & Johnson explains why Janssen Research and Development sponsor good science writing.

About the Awards

The ABSW’s science writers' awards ran continuously from 1966 to 2007, with the support of a variety of sponsors.  Over these years the awards became the "Oscars" of science writing, and served as a model for similar schemes all over the world. With support from Janssen Research and Development, the ABSW re-established the awards in 2010 and through Janssen's continued support the Awards are now secure into the future.  The Royal Society, IOP publishing and the Institute of Physics, Good Thinking, NUJ/Stephen White Bequest and Richard Gregory have also supported the Awards enabling additional categories and prize money. 

The ABSW’s awards aim to reward excellence in science journalism and writing and are judged by a panel of highly credible and respected judges.

The ABSW awards for 2015 will be presented at an evening reception on Thursday 25 June at the Royal Society, London. 

The 2015 Awards

In 2015 the following awards will be open for entry (prize money is given in brackets):

The best feature (£500)

The best news item (£500)

The best scripted/edited television programme or online video (£500)

The Royal Society Radio Prize (£500) (NB: A prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast)

The best investigative journalism (£500)

The NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication and reporting of science in a non science context (£500).   This Award is made in memory of Stephen White a highly influential science communicator who sadly died in 2010.   The Award is possible due to a donation from Stephen’s widow Elizabeth.

The best newcomer award (£200) 

The Good Thinking science blog award (£500)

The best student science blog award (£200)

The IOP student science publication award (£300 winner/£200 runner up). Sponsored by IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics.

Lifetime achievement awards are granted in some years by the ABSW Executive Board. There is no cash prize associated with this award.  

NEW FOR 2015

European Science Writer of the Year.   This award will be open for nominations from all European Science Journalism Associations.   Each association has been asked to put forward one nominee for this Award.   The ABSW has asked members for nominations in order to decide on the British nominee for this European Award.  

2015 Contest Year

All entries must have been first published or broadcast between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014 inclusive. Awards open for entry on Wed 11 February 2015 and close at midnight on Wed 18 March 2015.  NB: Deadlines for European Science Writer of the Year can be found in the guidelines for this particular Award. 

Entry guidelines and entry form 2015

Entry guidelines and nomination forms European Science Writer of the Year

Previous winners

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The 2011 Awards Ceremony in Photos Friday 8 July 2011 (Credit for all images: Fusion - Waterside Studio)

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