Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:43
The date of the ABSW AGM will be Thursday 27th March 2014. Of course further reminders and details will follow but for those who like to forward plan then you can put this date in the diary. It will be an evening meeting in London, venue tbc. The AGM is a key meeting at which the members of the Board are elected and the President reports on the year's activities along with presentation of the accounts and a report from the ABSW auditors. For more on the governance of the ABSW see the newly posted Memorandum, Articles and Standing Orders.
Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:50
Created on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 20:41
***EVENT POSTPONED - New event date will be published as soon as possible***
The Association of British Science Writers and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) present
Tipping Points: public perception and policy
When it comes to the consequences of climate change, few are more dramatic than tipping points, where seemingly small shifts trigger larger, often irreversible, changes.
Scientists from many disciplines have been researching issues around sea level rises, ice melt and tipping points. But how does, and how should, their research influence policy?
There will also be a chance before the event to have a private view of the Royal Geographical Society’s Collections, with a showcase of highlights from the Society’s unique Collections, including examples of how they are used by scientists today to support contemporary research.
The event is free, but registration is essential: please register here
Date - TO BE CONFIRMED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Venue - Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. (Entrance on Kensington Gore)
5:30 – Private showcase of the RGS-IBG collections (limited space – priority given to speakers and ABSW members)
6:00 – Rest of event audience arrive
6:30 – Panel event start
8:00 – Event finish. The ABSW invite you to post-event drinks at the Queen’s Arms (30 Queen's Gate Mews, London, SW7 5QL)
Created on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:01
The Association of British Science Writers and The Network of Energy Centres for Doctoral Training present:
Pecha Kucha Night with City University, London
Tuesday 12th March, 7pm
20 images X 20 seconds
Come and listen to six practicing scientists and engineers—who have no control over how long they take on each of their slides—talk about their work in all areas of energy research.
Pecha Kucha events are informal evenings where presenters describe their work using only 20 images, each for only 20 seconds.
There will be plenty of time for questions, as well as drinks and conversation in the local pub. (We’ll even buy you a pint!)
• Conaill Soraghan, University of Strathclyde, will tell us why wind turbines could look very different offshore
• Philippa Usher, University of Leeds, will talk about growing biofuel using algae
• Wasim Bhatti, Loughborough University, will discuss integration of hydrogen fuel cells into unmanned aerial vehicles and their future
• Tom Demetriades, University of Nottingham, will speak about transport for Carbon Capture and Storage
• Mike Fell, University College London, discussing children’s role in home energy use
• Ruth Bush, University of Leeds, UK District heating - What are we waiting for?
Date: Tuesday 12th March 2013
Time: 6:45pm for 7:00pm start
Venue: Room DLG03, Social Sciences Building, City University, London (five minutes walk from Angel Tube Station)
The event is free, but registration is essential. Please register your interest using the following form:-
Created on Thursday, 31 January 2013 10:14
Limited Student Bursaries available
In celebration of the Bragg centenary, Diamond Light Source - the UK's national sychrotron - have arranged a symposium at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston on the 17th February.
‘The Invisible Revealing of the Dangerously Beautiful’ will explore the impact of Bragg’s law and advances in X-ray science over the past century.
There will be a plethora of other events and lectures taking place on the day; and this is an opportunity to be involved with one of the most exciting science events of the year.
For those of you with students who may be interested, we have a limited number of student bursaries available for the event. The bursary covers the cost of attendance at the AAAS for the 17th February, and the day pass entitles holders to enter other events taking place on that day within the conference. For more information, please visit http://www.diamond.ac.uk/Home/Events/AAAS-Symposium.html
If you or your students are interested in attending then please do get in touch.
Mary Cruse, Press and PR Officer
Diamond Light Source
Harwell Science & Innovation Campus
Tel: + 44 (0) 1235 778548
Created on Friday, 05 October 2012 13:18
Communicate 2012 – Breaking Boundaries: The Next Ten Years for People and Nature
24/25 October 2012
Brunel’s Old Station, Central Bristol
Communicate is the UK’s leading conference for environmental communicators, bringing together a blend of NGOs, media professionals, green business leaders, academics and policy makers. With over 100 different organisations represented each year, Communicate gives delegates the opportunity to stay informed on the crucial current debates in the sector, share best practice, hear from inspirational speakers, and get direct feedback on their own communication campaigns.
Join us for our tenth anniversary as we break the boundaries of environmental communication – crossing the barriers to engagement; challenging the boundaries between sectors; overcoming the gap between awareness and action – and look ahead to the next ten years for people and nature.
• Keynote speeches from David Shukman, BBC Science Editor, broadcaster and marine biologist Monty Halls, and Wendy Darke, recently appointed Head of the BBC Natural History Unit.
• The Carnegie Challenge Debate: Head versus Heart – Changing Behaviour or Influencing Core Values – our expert panel debate different approaches to environmental communication, with panellists, John Thøgersen, Theresa Marteau, Ed Gillespie and Richard Hawkins.
• The Next Ten Years for People and Nature – inspirational visions of the future and how to achieve them, with speakers Chris Baines, Rob Hopkins and Keri Facer.
• Engaging audiences – from the next generation to hard to reach groups. Breaking down the barriers to engagement with speakers including Stephen Moss and Judy Ling Wong
• A chance to influence government strategy through Defra’s People Engagement Group – where should our priorities lie?
• The Psychology of Partnership – examining the challenges and processes of partnership, including working productively with business and communicating The Wettest Drought on Record
• The Delegate Showcase – share your own innovative campaign with Communicate delegates and hear practical case studies from other leading communicators.
Register now to secure your place at this annual event.
We look forward to welcoming you to Bristol in October.
For further details visit www.communicatenow.org
Bristol Natural History Consortium
Created on Friday, 05 October 2012 13:28
Internews' Earth Journalism Network is organising a conference to investigate the issues surrounding the Common Fisheries Policy and it's upcoming reform in the European Parliament. Fisheries is a huge topic that is both economic, social and environmental in nature and top of the agenda before a key plenary vote at the end of November.
The conference is going to be held in Lubeck, Germany and focus on the Baltic Sea as well as look at the broader European context of fisheries. The conference will be in German with simultaneous English translation. The list of speakers includes Franz Lamplair from the European Commission and key stakeholders from within the German fishing industry, leading fisheries scientists and NGOs.
This is a rare opportunity to have all the key players in the same room - ready to answer questions and debate the issues infront of an audience of journalists.
Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information. Internews are able to cover travel and hotel costs for anyone who wishes to attend.
Created on Sunday, 27 May 2012 11:27
ABSW's biennial conference for members - UKCSJ
It is now just over a month until the Association’s biennial Conference – the UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ). There are fourteen sessions at the Conference, so you could view it as an opportunity to take part in a whole year’s worth of events in one go. We know that it is difficult for members to travel into London for one off evening events so hope that by putting on a whole day of events that this makes the visit much more worthwhile.
The Conference’s target audience is first and foremost you as an ABSW member and this is why we have held the rates as low as possible at £55 plus VAT for full and student members. Not only do you get an opportunity to take part in all the discussions and debates but it is also a great time to network, meet other members and for those that are freelance, pick up some new contacts for future collaborations and work.
A coup for the ABSW is the booking of Jay Rosen, media critic, writer and professor of journalism at New York University. Rosen will explore the concept of ‘Wicked problems’ in science journalism with the tantalising view that “Journalists who covered wicked problems differently than they covered normal problems would be smarter journalists.” You’ll need to come and hear Rosen speak to find out more.
A deliberately provocative closing plenary will ask ‘Is Science Journalism Special?’ Evan Davis of the Today Programme will give the non science specialists view when the Conference is asked if the reporting of science, health, technology or the environment should set itself apart from the rest of journalism and be allowed to bend or break the standard rules.
Three distinct strands make up the rest of the day; contemporary issues, essential skills and professional development. Leveson will of course be up for discussion and what this might mean for science journalists. Will it lead to higher quality science journalism or could reformed regulation have a negative effect? Pitching skills will come under the spotlight in a science journalism version of Dragon’s Den, and for those lost in the sea of new technology journalists will provide their top tips on new tools and technology that can increase productivity and help uncover stories.
From those members new to the field of science journalism, to those who have been working this beat for years, and all shades in between, the UKCSJ should really be a fixed point in your calendar.
For full details of the programme and to register visit www.ukcsj.org or join us on Facebook/Google Plus/Twitter @absw
Created on Sunday, 27 May 2012 11:31
The Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and Science Museum Lates present:
What is the Chief Scientific Advisor for and what should be their legacy?
A lecture by Professor Sir John Beddington
As he approaches the end of his four-year appointment as Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington reflects on his time in the position in a lecture given in association with the ABSW and the Science Museum Lates series.
Register to read more...
Created on Friday, 04 May 2012 09:14
ABSW Annual Debate with City University London
What is science news and who decides?
Followed by a networking event - Meet the Editors
Tuesday 15thMay 2012, 6:15 for 6.30pm
City University London, Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre
Science news is available from an ever-increasing number of outlets, including charities and NGOs, how has it evolved, and where should it go in the future?
Should those with a vested interest in promoting certain aspects of research such as charities and NGOs make news? And do these outlets cover the right stories in the right way – what about under reported areas such as the politics of science?
At the end of the day, does a lack of representation in other areas of the media mean science news is reduced to novel findings or ‘kill or cure’ stories?
And should we expand beyond print articles and look to encouraging public engagement to build our news stories?
Join the debate with the panel to discuss what science news should encompass, who should cover it and who has the final say in what is reported.
Mark Henderson (Wellcome, former Science Editor of The Times)
Alice Bell (Imperial College London)
Henry Scowcroft (Cancer Research UK)
More panelists TBC
The Lecture will be followed by a networking event , Meet the Editors, where free nibbles and drinks will be available. This will also take place at City University.
If you are interested in attending, please add your name by completing the form using the following link:
We will look forward to seeing you there!
City University, 10 Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB
020 7040 8721
Google map link: http://g.co/maps/7p3ay
Created on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:48
Journalist Updates: London Centre for Nanotechnology
With the Association of British Science Writers and UCL
Following the success of the pecha kucha presentations by UCL’s astrobiologists and astrophysicists in January, the ABSW and UCL have teamed up to put on regular ‘Journalist Updates’ event. Each event will cover research from a different field and, on Thursday 26th April, there will an opportunity to hear from researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.
Steve Cross, UCL’s head of public engagement, will be chairing the event, ensuring that each researcher adheres to the strict pecha kucha rules. Each talk must be given using only 20 slides with only 20 seconds for each slide.
To avoid disappointment please book you place using the form below:
Date: 26th April
Time: 6:30 - 7pm
Venue: Ramsey Lecture Theatre (Map: http://tinyurl.com/dqqqbms)
Drinks after at Jeremy Bentham pub (Map: http://g.co/maps/vkg4))
Confirmed speakers for the evening are:
Professor Andrew Green - Balancing Brooms, Strange Crystals and Unstable Black Holes One of the most provocative ideas of recent years has been a proposed mathematical mapping between the description of electrons in strange crystals and that of black holes. I will sketch this idea and show how stability out of noise arising in the magnetic crystal suggests new stable states of the black hole.
Dr Andrew Morris - Solving the Crystal Maze Can't wait a 000 years for the experiment to finish? When is HOO not water? When are more defects in a material better? From the insides of planets to the insides of mobile phones, I show how computers are speeding up the search for new materials.
Natascha Kappeler - Natascha will present the urgent needs of therapeutic drug monitoring in real-time at the point-of-care to optimise and manage the drug dosage to every individual patient; and how this can be achieved with this novel generation of sensors.
Dr Bart Hoogenboom - Observing nano-robots at work. A scarily interesting aspect of nanotechnology is our ability to study and manipulate nano-scale robots and machines. Nature is full of nano-robots and we would not exist without their hard work. Should that scare us? To answer that question (and many others), it would be useful to see nano-robots while they are at work - let that now be one of the nice things that nanotechnology has achieved.
Angie Ma -Shrinking down electronic components onto small chips has brought about the age of computing. What if we can do the same but with optical, fluidic and mechanical components. Lab on a chip is the technological concept of performing laboratory operations on a very small scale using miniaturised devices.
Chris Kirkham - Electronic structure calculations and their application to Silicon.
Theoretical modelling is an important part of modern physics, either being used to guide new experiments, or explain experimental results. I will be focusing on materials modelling where we build up structures out of individual atoms to simulate their properties. I will be looking at some of the practical considerations that go into making these models such as how to model a surface, and how large to make the model.