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In October 2009, we launched a new website. Having asked our members what they wanted, we began the arduous task of actually building it. One of the things we’re trying hard to do is move towards a one stop shop website: somewhere you can find out about the ABSW, keep your details up to date, see member profiles, read our news, keep up to date with our events and much more - all in one place. We hope you like the results. Please do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any feedback. In the meantime, here are a few pointers in case you're having trouble finding your way round.

Logging in

All existing members of the ABSW have a log in to the site. You do not need to register again. For security reasons, everyone has been assigned a random password. To change this to one of your choice please follow these steps:

Use the website's login box (on the right hand side of almost every page) and click on the 'Forgot Login?' link. Click on the 'lost password box'. Username and email address fields should appear. Your username takes the form firstnamelastname (all one word e.g. johnsmith) and the email is the one you used to register with the absw.

If you see something along the lines of 0: CURL_FATAL when you log in, please just ignore this - it shouldn't have stopped you logging in (it's a bug in the wiki software that their developers are working to fix).

Once you've filled that in, the system will automatically email you a new password. Once you get back to the site and log in, you can change this password by going to the Members Directory > Edit Profile and then clicking on the contact info tab.

The members directory

You can now use the Members Directory to update your own details and also upload an image of yourself, post your web address, upload a biog and lots more. We'll try to transfer as many biogs as we can but do feel free to put your own up (up to 400 characters long). Your profile can pull in your tweets if you like and we may well give you the ability to pull in your blog posts from your personal blog too (one of the many features we're hoping to offer in the near future).

PLEASE NOTE: The default option is for your profile to only be visible to yourself (i.e. private). You can change this under the Members Directory > Edit Profile page. Click on the 'Show / Hide profile tab. You can let only other member's see your profile or make them public. As you can see there are a few public profiles already...

If / when you get around to updating your profile, it is worth knowing that profile pictures are moderated so might not appear straight away. Also, there are very few ‘required’ fields on the profile but these are marked. For example, payment method so we can know how you normally pay, membership type (full, associate or student). For the option of whether you are a broadcast, print journo etc... it is currently only possible to select one. If I can fix it so more can be selected, I’ll let you know (it’s easier said than done).

'News and Events', 'Jobs and Awards' and the old blog

The ABSW blog is now incorporated in the site under the 'News & Events' and 'Jobs and Awards' sections. Articles featured in The Science Reporter will now also be stored on the website (the links from the archived issues still point to the old blog but this will be changed in the near future).


The site now has wiki functionality built in - please see the Reading Room > Guides To section. We hope many of you will get stuck in. The idea is that your account will log you in to both pieces of software (hopefully any initial bugs have now been ironed out).


Members are entitled to sign up for an address which forwards on to another email address of your choice. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get one.

Users can access their email via (which currently forwards to You may see a warning about a security certificate. This can safely be ignored.

Once you have logged in (the username should include, there is a ‘Configure Mail Client’ option which should hopefully tell you everything you need to know about accessing your email via, for example, Outlook.

In the same area, you can also change your password, which email you forward to, set up an auto-responder, set up email filters and even see the delivery path of an email! There is also a choice of three different webmail readers (called Horde, SquirrelMail and Round Cube). You can set one of these up to auto load if you like.

There's a lot of other functionality in the site too such as an Events calendar so have a good look around. Any comments / suggestions / feedback are always welcome. You can either write them via the list or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


One privilege of ABSW membership is the opportunity to join our email list, ABSW-L. To join the list, if you have a Google account just visit the group's web page. If you do not have an account, and don't want to create one, then send an email to absw-l+This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Google will then send you an email message with a link to the group. When you get there, please use your own name when it asks you for My display name:. This tells the group's managers who you are so that they can approve your application. Fill in the other details as you see fit.




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