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3rd European Conference of Science Journalists 2016

Saturday 23 July 10:00-18:00, Manchester Central, Manchester, M2 3GX, UK
The 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ) will be held as a satellite event at 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.


The 1st European Conference of Science Journalists was held as a satellite event to ESOF 2014 in Denmark.   The event, jointly organized by the Danish Science Journalists’ Association (DV) and the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA), discussed new ways to improve the status of science in broadcast media, how to start your own science publication, the opportunities of investigative journalism, the ethical balance between science journalism and science communication and new initiatives for improvement of gender balance for science in the media.
The 2nd European Conference of Science Journalists, organized by the Hungarian Club of Science Journalists and EUSJA, was held in Budapest as part of the World Science Forum in 2015.   The conference examined stakeholder-driven communication, the communication of infectious diseases, the reporting of climate change and the role of the journalist as an entrepreneur. 
3rd European Conference of Science Journalists Programme
The 3rd ECSJ will have four key aims:
To discuss and debate contemporary issues in science journalism
To encourage and provide skills for newcomers
To promote professional development
To enable journalists to link with colleagues, encouraging journalistic entrepreneurship 
The programme is currently being developed by the ABSW and EUSJA in consultation with science journalism associations and science journalists throughout Europe.  
The ABSW and EUSJA look forward to welcoming you to Manchester to meet with colleagues old and new and discover the common themes and issues affecting science journalists today and into the future.  
Discounted registration rates will be available for individuals in membership of science journalism associations, and for student journalists.  
Register your interest in attending and you will be the first to know as the programme develops and when registrations open.  
Contact the secretariat of the 3rd ECSJ: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Why not extend your visit and stay for ESOF?  Journalists, science writers and communication professionals are eligible for media accreditation, which offers comlimentary registration. There will also be travel grants available for journalists - find out more


EuroScience Open Forum 

The 7th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) comes to the UK for the first time later this year.  From 24th - 27th July many of the biggest names in the scientific world will arrive in Manchester, a city with impressive scientific credentials – it was home to Dalton, Rutherford, Joule and Turing. 

Now well established; the conference attracts a global following with participants from all over the world.  We are expecting Manchester to be the biggest ESOF to date attracting more contributors and delegates than ever before.  The forum also attracts several hundred science journalists as well as communications professionals with topical sessions and breaking news, as those at the forefront of their industries discuss the latest research and ideas that are set to revolutionise our world.  

Members of the press, science writers and communications professionals are eligible for media accreditation, which offers complimentary registration – more details of the application process can be found on

Registration includes:

• Admission to all ESOF 2016 conference sessions from Sunday 24th - Wednesday 27th July  

• The social programme including: the Opening Ceremony and Exhibition Opening (Sunday), ESOF Party (Monday), Media Reception (Tuesday),  Closing Ceremony (Wednesday)  

• A series of press conferences, media briefings and press points  

• Off-site press tours

• Access to the dedicated media centre with full business centre facilities (workstations, printers, hardwire internet access etc.)

• Digital media library (press releases, image gallery and video files - including access to embargoed content in advance)

• Conference app with complete programme information including all presented abstracts  

• Conference materials including delegate badge and conference bag    

• Complimentary lunch, plus tea and coffee throughout the day 

• Free internet access

We will also be offering for travel grants for journalists to subsidise their travel and accommodation costs – more details will be announced in Mid-February. Please follow @esof2016 for updates and all our latest news. 

Alongside the main conference there will a public festival bringing the city alive with science.  This exciting visual festival will bring together those inside and out the conference through public talks, interactive demonstrations and live experiments and will help to introduce science to a new generation. There will be many of opportunities for the media to get stuck in and engage with those taking part in the conference and festival - as well as regular press conferences with contributors and specially designed media events to give behind the scenes access to some of Manchester’s most advanced and exciting laboratories and research centres.

Manchester is delighted to welcome EUSJA delegates to the city and we hope that you will find your visit illuminating, productive and enjoyable.  Further information on Manchester can be found at

The ABSW was due to hold its biennial UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ) in June 2016, however as ESOF is coming to the UK in 2016 along with the newly founded European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ) common sense suggests that we join with our European Colleagues.   So in 2016 the UKCSJ will be incorporated into the European Conference of Science Journalists and be jointly organised by the ABSW and EUSJA.
Date: Saturday 23 July 2016 10:00-18:00
We will be negotiating special rates for ABSW members and members of other European Journalism Associations plus special deals for those attending both ESOF and ECSJ.
See our events pages for more on the Conference as it develops and to register your interest in attending.
Put the date in your diary and look out for regular updates on the programme.

As has become tradition our Christmas Party will once again be held in January.   Do come and join us to celebrate and catch up with colleagues old and new.

Thursday 14 January 2016
18:30 onwards
Upstairs at The Lamb, 94 Lambs Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3LZ
Bar snacks/nibbles and a couple of free drinks on us



Martin’s Update

We are nearing the end of perhaps the ABSW’s most memorable year since it was set up in 1947. This to bring you up to date after our board meeting of November 24.

The ABSW is delighted to announce a new Award that will form part of our annual ABSW Science Writers Awards for Great Britain and Ireland.
The Dr Katharine Giles Award: to support media training for scientists 

The Dr Katharine Giles Award aims to improve scientists’ media skills, encouraging scientists to speak to journalists and in so doing improve science reporting within the UK.

Dr Katharine Giles

Dr Katharine Giles was a NERC Research Fellow and Lecturer working at the Centre for Polar Observation and Measurement (CPOM) at UCL.   Her research, until her death in an accident in 2013, led to a greater understanding of the complex interactions between sea ice cover, wind patterns and ocean circulation.
Katharine was passionate about her research and about communicating science to the public, particularly to young people.  She was a co-author and presenter of the 2006 IEE Faraday Lecture “Emission Impossible – Can Technology Save the Planet” and she had the benefit of media training early in her research career as part of the Faraday Lecture preparation.   It is appropriate that the fund set up in her name should help other scientists communicate their science to the public by improving their skills through good quality training.
How the Award Works
The ABSW Awards run annually with a number of different categories.   Mostly the applicants and winners of awards are journalists; however, two particular categories do attract scientists as entrants and potential winners:
Science blog award supported by Good Thinking
Best student science blog
The Dr Katharine Giles Award will enable the winners of these awards to undertake a one day media skills training course run by the Royal Society.  The fund will only be available for scientists who are not professional journalists, if the winner of either category is a professional journalist or writer then the fund will be offered to runners-up who meet the criteria.
Winners of the awards will be contacted in order to make arrangements for them to undertake the media skills course run by the Royal Society.   There is no obligation for winners to undertake the course.
Although this is a new Award the offer of media training has already been made to the winners of the 2015 Awards and the winners of the science blog award supported by Good Thinking, and best student science blog award, will undertake the media skills course run by the Royal Society next year.
The ABSW would like to thank the mother of Dr Katharine Giles, Dorrie Giles for making this Award possible.

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