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Metcalf Institute 2016 Science Immersion Fellowship

Gain science knowledge and investigative reporting tools to report new environmental stories through hands-on workshop
Do you have the science background, sources, and investigative tools needed to dig into environmental stories and advance your career?
Do you want to recharge your battery, gain new perspectives, and network with journalists from around the globe? 
The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting  a global leader in providing science training for journalists, is accepting applications for its competitive 18th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems, June 5-12, 2016.
The workshop will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography  one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions and home to Metcalf Institute. Ten early- to mid-career journalists will be selected for the fellowship, which includes tuition, travel support, room and board, and career-changing professional training, thanks to the generosity of private donors and the Metcalf Institute endowment.
Using the world’s best-studied estuary, Narragansett Bay, as a living laboratory, the workshop gives journalists opportunities to explore and understand the effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems. In the field, lab, and classroom, Metcalf Fellows gain a greater understanding of how scientists conduct research, build confidence in their abilities to discern the credibility of scientific sources, and acquire the skills needed to comb through complex scientific data to break stories on a range of science and environmental topics. The workshop also provides a unique opportunity for Fellows to network with leading researchers, policy experts, and other journalists in an informal, off-deadline atmosphere.
Metcalf Institute Annual Workshop alumni hail from the U.S. and around the world, including the Philippines, Israel, South Africa, China, Singapore, Brazil, and India. Metcalf Fellows represent a wide variety of small and large news organizations ranging from local and regional newspapers and broadcast outlets to online and national/international outlets.
“I have learned so much about pollutants, storm damage, and fisheries management,” said 2015 Annual Workshop alumnus, Kevin Bunch, of C & G Newspapers.  “I can think of no professional development program that has been more helpful to me.”
“The experiences gained at the Metcalf Fellowship are invaluable – I’ve been able to connect and build relationships with like-minded journalists along with experts in science who’ve shared not only their knowledge but also new and innovative ways to decipher science and research,” said 2013 Annual Workshop alumna Ginger Vaughn.  “Metcalf’s Fellowship is by far the best science workshop I’ve attended and has contributed to my better understanding/interpretation of critical environmental issues we face today.”
Apply for the Annual Workshop by February 5, 2016.
The 2016 Metcalf Fellows will:
  • Gain skills and confidence to translate scientific publications for public audiences;
  • Develop a greater familiarity with research methods and basic statistics;
  • Explore the development and use of sea level rise models for projecting impacts and responses;
  • Measure emerging aquatic contaminants, potentially harmful chemicals not currently monitored or regulated;
  • Conduct a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel;
  • Discuss the relationships between climate change and extreme weather;
  • Enjoy off-deadline interactions with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting.
Early to mid-career journalists from all media, and journalists who are new to reporting on science and environmental topics, are invited to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in improving and expanding their coverage of environmental topics and a desire to gain a better understanding of scientific research methods through field and lab work. The fellowship includes room, board, tuition, and travel support paid after the program. U.S.-based journalists are eligible for up to US$500 in travel support and those working outside of the U.S. may receive a reimbursement of up to US$1,000 with written assurance that they will be able to pay the full costs of their travel and can obtain the appropriate visa.
Applications for the 2016 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists must be submitted online, postmarked, or emailed by February 5, 2016. Apply for the workshop here. 
About Metcalf Institute:
Metcalf Institute is a globally recognized leader in providing environmental science training for journalists. The Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, science resources for journalists and free public lectures on environmental topics. Metcalf Institute was established at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997 with funding from three media foundations: the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, with additional support from the Telaka Foundation. Metcalf programming is underwritten by federal and foundation grants, as well as private donations managed by the University of Rhode Island Foundation.
Karen Southern
Director of Communications
Metcalf Institute
University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
218 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
401- 874-6486 fax
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Best Cancer Reporter Award - Call for nominations



The European School of Oncology (ESO) is seeking nominations for its annual Best Cancer Reporter Award which honours excellence in cancer journalism. The Award is presented each year to a professional journalist who has made an outstanding contribution to enhancing public understanding about cancer. 

The winning journalist will receive a price of €10,000 and there will also be one runner up prize of €5,000. In addition, articles from award-winning journalists will be published in ESO’s Cancer World magazine (   

Would you like to nominate a journalist from your country who deserves to be recognised for excellence in cancer journalism?

Do you think that you should be rewarded for your critical and accurate reporting on cancer?

If so, submit a nomination form to ESO by April 30, 2013.

 For full details and a nomination form visit 
or contact Corinne Hall
+39 02 85 46 45 22
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Launch of 2013 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

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Launch of 2013 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize in association with The Telegraph

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of” – Benjamin Franklin,

London, 15 January 2013 – Each year a question or quote exploring Benjamin Franklin’s relevance in
our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The competition is open exclusively for young
writers, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500. Winning entries will be posted
online by media partner The Telegraph and at

The Franklin quote for interpretation in 2013 is: “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that
is the stuff life is made of.“ Entrants should interpret this quote for its significance today. All entries must
be received before 31 October 2013.

Franklin is one of history’s great figures. While he made lasting contributions in many fields, his first
passion was writing. He believed in the power of the written word as the bedrock of a democratic society
to inform and stimulate debate.

For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Franklin lived at 36 Craven Street in the heart of
London, England. He is one of history’s great polymaths – a diplomat, patriot, scientist, inventor,
philosopher and more. He was one of the first American journalists, writing prolifically not only on politics
and foreign affairs, but on science, the arts and society. In 2006, Benjamin Franklin House, the world's
only remaining Franklin home, opened to the public for the first time as a dynamic museum and
educational facility. For more information see

The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is endowed by Benjamin Franklin House Chairman John
Studzinski, a leading executive and philanthropist.


* Entrants must be aged 18-25 years

Entries of 1000-1500 words must be sent by 31 October 2013 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Each
entrant is asked to provide their name, email, postal address, and telephone number. In addition,
entrants should provide their age and place of study (if applicable; if they are not currently in education,
they should provide a biographical note explaining their current activities.) Entrants may submit only one
entry; fiction or non-fiction accepted.


Announcement of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

PRESS INVITATION September 24, 2012

Announcement of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 will be announced on Monday 8 October 2012 at 11.30 am (at the earliest).
Press conference in the Wallenberg Hall, Nobel Forum
Nobels väg 1, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden.

Press releases will be made available at the press conference.

The announcement will also be made on the Nobel Assembly website and on the Nobel Foundation website

Press accreditation is obligatory. Application form is available on the Nobel Assembly website

For further information please contact the Nobel office:
Ann-Mari Dumanski: phone +46-8-524 87800
Tatiana Goriatcheva: phone +46-8-524 87805
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Astronomy Writers Honoured


The ESO/STFC/RAS/ABSW astronomy journalism prize was awarded last night for
the first time, at a frankly glittering ceremony at Parliament alongside an
STFC Higgs event. You were represented by our president Connie as well as by

The entries were so good that three people got prizes - Katia Moskovitch
(first prize of a trip to the inauguration of ALMA), Robin McKie (trip to
ESO telescopes) and Maggie McKee (based in Boston so she gets a trip to the

Here is the press release along with the photographic evidence. Katia is at
centre in the pic of the winners. In the other one, we see left to right
John Womersley, CEO of STFC, Robert Massey (RAS and one of the judges),
Robin, Katia, me (judge from ABSW), Maggie, Lars Lindberg Christensen (judge
from ESO) and Terry O'Connor (STFC and judge).

Many thanks to all involved, especially Lucy Stone and colleagues at STFC
for organisational effort and to Lars - ESO started the idea and came up
with the prize!

Time to start sharpening your astronomy writings, as the prize will
definitely happen next year as well.

Martin Ince

Winners of the first European Astronomy Journalism Prize Announced

The winner of the first European Astronomy Journalism Prize, designed to help inspire the next generation of researchers, has been announced today (5 September 2012) at a reception in the House of Commons. Katia Moskvitch from the BBC was announced as the winner and awarded a trip to Chile by a panel of judges representing the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), who ran the competition, together with the Royal Astronomical Society and the Association of British Science Writers. The aim of the prize was to increase media coverage of the field, as a means of promoting the wonders of astronomy — a subject regularly cited as a key reason for students opting to take up careers in science.  The judges chose Katia as the winner for her remarkable series on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, located at the Paranal Observatory, Chile. [1]

Katia’s prize was announced at a reception primarily held to celebrate the UK’s involvement in the Large Hadron Collider after the recent discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs Boson. The UK plays a lead role in both particle physics and astronomy and is ranked number one in the world for astronomy*.

Katia said: “As a technology journalist at the BBC, I don't get to write about astronomy very often. That's why I really loved my time in Chile, reporting about the telescopes in ESO’s observatories, and learning a lot of new things about space and technology. After I had written my features, I received really good feedback from readers, and a colleague urged me to enter this competition. I was quite surprised, but very happy when I found out I won!"

A special prize for excellence also went to Robin McKie from The Observer newspaper for his work on British involvement in the search for gravitational waves. [2]

The judges highly commended Maggie McKee from Boston, Massachusetts, for an article in the New Scientist on European involvement in the study of the transit of Venus. [3]

The Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, said:

“Media coverage is an important way of conveying the wonder of science to the public and making complex research easier to understand. It’s great to see such high quality, engaging journalism being recognised today. I have no doubt it will have played some part in encouraging the next generation to take up astronomy, helping to maintain the UK’s leading position in this field.”
Katia Moskvitch will be ESO’s guest at the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the Chilean Atacama Desert in March 2013.

Robin McKie will take up his prize of a visit to the Very Large Telescope later this year and Maggie McKee’s prize is a trip to the UK from the US where she is based – visiting some of the UK’s leading science facilities, including STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Professor John Womersley, STFC Chief Executive said:
 “The media are vital partners in spreading the inspirational message of astronomy — and of other science fields — and it’s in all our interests to work together with the media to encourage more, and higher quality, coverage. The quality of the journalism being acknowledged here today is exceptional — we need more like this, to help inspire the next generation of much needed future scientists.”

Lars Lindberg Christensen, Head of the education and Public Outreach Department at ESO said:

"We would like to congratulate all participants, and especially the winners, for their outstanding work in promoting European astronomy. We hope such recognition will stimulate more coverage of Europe's leading contributions to the field of astronomy and bring these results closer to the public."

Due to the success of the competition it will run again next year. Details will be announced on the STFC and ESO websites in due course.

Images of the reception will be made available on the home page of STFC’s website as soon as possible after the reception.

The prizes were given for the following pieces of work:

[1] The award-winning article by Katia Moskvitch is entitled “Red-hot Chile peepers: How to make a very large telescope” (, which was published online in the technology news section of the BBC website.

[2] The first runner-up prize was awarded to the article “Hunting ripples in the fabric of space” ( by Robin Mckie that was published in the Discover Physics section of the printed edition of The Observer.

[3] The second runner-up prize was granted to the article “Transit Fans” ( by Maggie Mckee, which was published in the printed version of the weekly magazine New Scientist, as well as on

The UK in astronomy and physics

*The UK plays a lead role in both particle physics and astronomy and is ranked number one in the world for astronomy, as measured by the number of citations of research papers across the G8 in scientific journals in 2010.

Interest in physics and astronomy continues to grow. Applications for physics courses at university in 2010/11 were up by more than 17% on the previous year and in astronomy, by 40%.  

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European Southern Observatory

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive astronomical observatory. It is supported by 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world’s most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory and two survey telescopes. VISTA works in the infrared and is the world’s largest survey telescope and the VLT Survey Telescope is the largest telescope designed to exclusively survey the skies in visible light. ESO is the European partner of a revolutionary astronomical telescope ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. ESO is currently planning a 40-metre-class European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security.
The Council has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.
The STFC operates or hosts world class experimental facilities including:
•       in the UK; ISIS pulsed neutron source, the Central Laser Facility, and the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR).  The STFC is also the majority shareholder in Diamond Light Source Ltd.;
•       overseas; telescopes on La Palma and Hawaii.
It enables UK researchers to access leading international science facilities by funding membership of international bodies including European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). 
The STFC also has an extensive public outreach and engagement programme.  It is using its world leading research to inspire and enthuse schools and the general public about the impact and benefits that science can have on society.
The STFC is one of seven publicly funded research councils.  It is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
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Royal Astronomical Society

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS:, founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organises scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognises outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3500 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.

Association of British Science Writers
Founded in 1947, the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) is the professional organisation for science writers in the UK. Its 800 members write everything from news stories to books and TV programmes. It runs the UK’s science journalism awards, holds the UK Conference of Science Journalists, and helps entrants to the profession to expand their skills. It is a leading member of the World Federation of Science Journalists and is involved in promoting science journalism in the developing world. More at

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? European Astronomy Journalism Prize, STFC webpage:
? The Very Large Telescope:
? Royal Astronomical Society:
? Association of British Science Writers:
? Red-hot Chile peepers: How to make a very large telescope:
? Hunting ripples in the fabric of space:
? Transit Fans:


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Award: AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

The AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for professional journalists in the science writing field. The awards recognize outstanding reporting for a general audience and honor individuals (rather than institutions, publishers or employers) for their coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Committees composed of reporters and editors judge the entries.

The award for reporting on Children's Science News, started in 2005, is open to reporters worldwide, including those working for non-U.S. media outlets based abroad. The 2012 awards will be presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston in February 2013. The award for each category is $3,000. AAAS will reimburse winners for reasonable travel and hotel expenses. In cases of multiple authors or producers, only one person's travel expenses will be covered.

The contest year for the 2012 awards is July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. All entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2012.

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