After consideration of two hundred and sixty entries in fifteen categories, the judges have decided on the finalists in this year’s Association of British Science Writer’s Awards. Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Thursday July 13, 2023, at the Royal Institution, London.
The Awards are supported by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, the Quadram Institute, the Royal Society, Dr Katharine Giles Fund, and AlphaGalileo.
Martin Ince, Chair of the Judging Panel, and a freelance science & education writer, media adviser & media trainer commented; “The hundreds of high-quality entries we received for these awards prove that the UK and Irish science writers are an energetic, innovative and talented community. Many of the categories had several entries which would have been deserving winners. I am very grateful to the judges for the hard work they have put into choosing between many excellent pieces of work.”
The judges were particularly impressed with the quality of the entries in the Steve Connor Award for Investigative Science Journalism commenting: “A really strong field of entries this year with a brilliant use of data and willingness to take on large interest groups”. This award is named in honour of the award-winning science journalist Steve Connor who sadly died in 2017.
In the Science Podcast of the Year category the judges commented: “Podcasts have certainly 'come of age' and many of the entries were polished, professional pieces of journalism”. The biggest hitter this year is Ian Sample, Science Editor of the Guardian, nominated in three categories. Jess Hamzelou, Senior Reporter, MIT Technology Review, Anjana Ahuja, Science Commentator, Financial Times, Christian (Kit) Yates, University of Bath and Dimitri Houtart, BBC Rural Affairs Champion are all nominated in two categories.
Congratulations to all our finalists and thanks to all that took the time to enter.