ABSW Key News/Dates
Exposing the Bogus Bomb Detector Scandal - Wed 3 May 2017 - Yorkshire Grey Pub, London
ABSW Science Journalism Summer School - Wed 5 July 2017 - Wellcome Trust, London
ABSW Executive Board Elections - meet your new Executive Board
ABSW Awards Ceremony - Thursday 25 May 2017 - The Royal Society, London (by invitation only)
European Conference for Science Journalists - 26-30 June 2017 - Copenhagen
World Conference of Science Journalists - 26-30 October 2017 - San Francisco
ABSW Awards 2017
Entries for the 2017 ABSW Science Writers Awards for Britain and Ireland and for European Science Writer of the Year closed to entry on Friday 24 February at midnight.
Shortlists will be announced after the Judging meeting being held on Friday 5 May 2017. Winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony at the Royal Society on Thursday 25 May (by invitation only).
The awards are supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
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See what to expect in this Storify account of our last summer school #sjss15: https://storify.com/
Draft programme: Speakers and sessions are still being finalised
|09:00||Coffee and registration|
|09:25-09:30||Welcome and introduction, Pallab Gosh, Honorary President, ABSW and science correspondent for BBC|
|09:30-10:30||The role of critical science journalism in the post-fact world, David Shukman, the BBC’s Science Editor|
Investigative science reporting
|11.30 – 11.50||Coffee/tea break|
Data journalism skills
|12:50-14:00||Lunch and networking|
You might be considering some freelance work as part of your other work commitments or thinking about making freelance work your main source of income. Freelance science journalists will discuss sources of work, original approaches, copyright issues and the tools that they use to manage their time.
Mark Peplow, Freelance science journalist
Moderator: Katharine Sanderson, ABSW board member and freelance science journalist
|15:00-15:20||EurekAlert!’s science news service and media survey results
Brian Lin, director of editorial content strategy at EurekAlert! will introduce EurekAlert! and its editorial policies, explain how you can get access to it, and present results from its latest survey of science journalists
Meet the editors and perfect your pitching skills
Michael Marshall, acting editor of BBC Earth
|17:45 onwards||Careers Networking event - one to one sessions with experienced editors and journalists|
The ABSW would like to thank The Wellcome Trust for venue support.
We would also like to thank our sponsors:
Research Councils UK, EurekAlert!, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
Publisher: Quad Books, 2017
Buy the book here:
Physics in 50 Milestone Moments is a lively, accessible, and thought-provoking introduction to physics, its history, and its practitioners.
Uniquely, it is structured around a timeline of landmark events that vividly brings to life the evolution of this most fundamental science; from the Stone Age, through the classical era and the Renaissance, to the present day. As well as offering a comprehensive guide to physics, this book helps make the big ideas intelligible to us by placing them in their real-world contexts.
***Please note the event date has now moved to Wed 3 May (previously Wed 26 April)***
The ABSW has organised an evening event with journalist Meirion Jones from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (formerly of the BBC's Newsnight and Panorama) on one of the most shocking tech-based scandals to break in recent years – the fake bomb detector scam that saw completely useless devices sold to governments around the world.
Whether you want to learn from the very best, get inspiration for investigations or just make your very own bogus bomb detector, it promises to be a great evening.
At the ABSW AGM held last night (Thursday 30 March) Pallab Ghosh, Science Correspondent at the BBC and a former Chair of the ABSW was appointed Honorary President.
On his appointment Pallab said: "The ABSW is a force for good and I look forward to helping the Chair and the Executive Board in any way I can to promote our values of clear, critical and challenging science journalism. In a world where so much well-funded science propaganda is produced by so many vested interests to suit their own agendas, our profession is needed now more than ever. It is needed to help people make informed choices about their lives and to show them how science shapes the world around them and how they might influence that change."
The AGM saw Martin Ince departing as former President of the ABSW's Executive Board and Mico Tatalovic of New Scientist being elected. Martin will remain on the Board for a further year in the postition of Treasurer so will still be very much involved in the organisation.
Other news from the AGM:
The standing orders were amended to change the title of President of the ABSW to its former title of Chair of the ABSW, amendments were also made so that Life Members can stand for election.
Martin Ince was awarded Life Membership of the ABSW for all he has done during his time as President.
Pete Wrobel and Michael Kenward were appointed for a further year as Honorary Auditors.
The minutes will be posted in due course but will of course require approval at next year's AGM.
FALLING WALLS FELLOWSHIP FOR JOURNALISTS
The fellowship is aimed at journalists and bloggers who would like to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences.
The fellows get the opportunity to attend the Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture and the Falling Walls Conference as well as an additional programme in Berlin around 8 and 9 November 2017.
The fellowship includes travel expenses, accommodation and conference fees.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Freelance and full-time journalists or bloggers with at least three years of professional experience.
APPLICATION & DEADLINE
Apply online at www.falling-walls.com/fellowships/science-fellowship
Application deadline: 25 June 2017
Further information is available online at http://www.falling-walls.com/fellowships/science-fellowship