ABSW Key News/Dates
ABSW awards open to entry 1 January 2018
ABSW 'missed the deadline' Christmas Party - Thursday 11 January 2018 - The Parcel Yard, King's Cross Station, London
ASBW panel event: How to write a successful science book - 22 February 2017 - London
ABSW AGM - Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Wellcome Trust, London
An appreciation by Mike Kenward
The loss of anyone in the science writing community is always sad, but the messages on Facebook and the ABSW’s emailing list show that Steve Connor’s death from cancer, at the age of just 61, seems to have hit home more than the passing anyone else I can remember. The outpouring of sadness and regret, accompanied by fond, and often amusing, reminiscences shows just how much we all thought of Steve and his work as the scoopmaster general of science journalism.
When asked to write an appreciation of Steve for the ABSW, I quickly concluded that no single account could do him justice. My own part in Steve’s career was essentially peripheral. I may have been his editor, but anyone who knew him would know that Steve had little time for titles and status. You were just a colleague he worked with, and came to when he needed support, and expenses, to pursue the latest scoop.
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Report by Aisling Irwin - ABSW member and EUSJA grant recipient
Earlier this month, courtesy of an EUSJA grant, I zipped over to Berlin to attend the Falling Walls 2017 conference. Though it seems unheard of in Britain, it has prestige elsewhere. Scientific luminaries from around the world jet in to address an audience of high-calibre delegates (who have paid a high-calibre fee to hear them). Mindful of the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the speakers predict the next “wall that will fall” as a result of their spectacular progress in subjects ranging from Artificial Intelligence to diagnosis of disease.
Have a free drink and a some bar snacks on us and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ABSW. (For those of you watching closely we have slightly missed the deadline here too as the ABSW was founded in 1947 but if they had a Christmas Party in 1947 and had it late, well, you get the picture!)
So the details are:
Thursday 11 January 18:30 til late
The Station Master's Office, The Parcel Yard, King's Cross Station
Please join us for this panel discussion on the future of science journalism and its role in creating an open and participatory society, co-organised by SciCom 2017, Irish Science and Technology Journalism Association (ISTJA) and Association of British Science Writers (ABSW).
The discussion will focus on the role of science journalists in opening up science to the wider public: what works and why, what are the points of tension between science the media, and when do collaboration and dialogue break down and why? The panel discussion will be followed by informal networking amongst the journalists who cover science-related topics.
Time: 10-12h, 6th December 2017
Venue: Ballsbridge Hotel (Breakout room 3), Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4, Ireland