ABSW Key News/Dates
European Science Writer of the Year open to European Journalism Association nominations 1 January 2018
ASBW panel event: How to write a successful science book - 22 February 2017 - London
ABSW AGM - Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Wellcome Trust, London
ABSW Awards Ceremony - Wednesday 16 May 2018 - The Royal Society, London
UKCSJ18 - Tuesday 16 October 2018 - The Francis Crick Institute, London
ABSW Awards 2018
The ABSW Science Writers' Awards for Great Britain and Ireland - record breaking 300 entries this year
European Science Writer of the Year open to European Journalism Association Nominations until 28 February 2018
ABSW Awards Ceremony - 18:00 Wednesday 16 May 2018 - The Royal Society, London
The awards are supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Next Thursday, February 22nd, the ABSW is running a panel entitled “How to write a successful science book”. Admission is limited to ABSW members and closes this Friday, February 16th. You can join here, and register for the event here. In advance of our event, here is the advice of Diane Banks from Diane Banks Associates, literary agents for popular science writers including Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw, Jon Butterworth, Melanie Windridge and Sheila Kanani.
Science books have become increasingly popular in the last ten years or so, crossing out of the science section at the back of the bookstore and over into the genre which has been labelled by Waterstones as “Smart Thinking”, a phrase which has been picked up across the trade. The general reader is keen to understand all aspects of the world in which we live. Nevertheless, however cutting edge their research, the number of academic science writers who successfully make the move into trade publishing remains small. Cracking the magic formula of a groundbreaking science book which captures and holds the public imagination is tough. Here are our top tips:
1. Public profile. Before approaching an agent or trade publisher, you’ll need to have already demonstrated that you enjoy engaging with a popular audience. The simplest way to do this is via social media and a personal website, where you can post blogs, videos and press cuttings. A writer who is genuinely interested in engaging with a wider audience (as opposed to one who sees writing a trade book as a way to make money) will by definition have already built up a strong social media following and have put themselves out there on the popular lecture circuit. If they haven’t done this, the publisher has all the information they need to make a decision.
The European Conferences of Science Journalists (ECSJ) began in 2014, as a satellite event of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). This fifth conference will be one day long (9:00 to 5:00) and will include plenaries as well as breakout sessions and workshops. There will also be field trips to some of the best labs of the region.
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The largest gathering of science journalists in the UK, the UK Conference of Science Journalists, is taking place this October and is expected to attract up to 450 delegates.
The full-day event will take place on Tuesday 16th October 2018, with sponsorship from Eurekalert!, an online, global news service operated by the American Association for the Advance of Science.
The venue for the UKCSJ2018 will be the striking new building that houses the Francis Crick Institute, the biggest biomedical research facility in Europe that brings together over 1500 scientists and support staff under one roof.
To be the first to know when registrations open and to grab an early bird rate, register your interest now
To find out more about the UKCSJ18 and read all the latest news visit the ABSW's dedicated UKCSJ website.
European Union of Science Journalists' Associations (EUSJA) has confirmed a study trip to the European Spallation Source (ESS) from April 3 to 5 2018.
ESS is a multi-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source, now under construction in Lund, Sweden. ESS will enable unprecedented world leading research using neutrons, providing new scientific opportunities in a wide range of research fields, including life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics. EUSJA is making available an opportunity to visit ESS and the construction site. There will be a guided tour of the site and labs and journalists will meet the Director General of ESS and a number of high-level representatives from the organisation.