The ABSW held its Annual General Meeting on 18 April 2023 at the Wellcome Collection, London, followed by drinks and socialising. 

ABSW Chair, Andy Extance, kicked off the meeting by outlining the successes of the previous 75th anniversary year:

Looking ahead, the ABSW will be holding the biennial ABSW Summer School this year, and restarting our mentorship scheme. Discussions are underway about a strategic review, including the idea of payments for the Chair and perhaps other board members too.

Treasurer, JV Chamary, reported that the ABSW is in a strong financial position, with annual income being on an upward trend for the last 10 years. JV outlined how the ABSW may invest in the membership going forward:

  • Offer a fee or honorarium to all speakers panellists and course organisers
  • Run events that promote career development, as well as holding more social activities
  • Take the Young Science Writer Award national
  • Host the World Conference of Science Journalists

With great thanks to Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science Correspondent, as he stood down as the ABSW's Honorary President at the AGM, and congratulations to Roger Highfield as he starts in the role! Roger is former Science Editor of the Telegraph, and Editor of New Scientist, and now Science Director at the Science Museum Group.

We also welcome new Board members:

  • Deborah Cohen - Secretary
  • JV Chamary - Treasurer
  • Ben Deighton - European Representative
  • Benjamin Plackett - Board member
  • Tom Whipple - Board member
  • Aisling Irwin - Board member

Congratulations to Wendy Grossman for being appointed Life Member of the ABSW. 

In 1987 Wendy founded the magazine The Sceptic, and has also worked in TV and radio, written for Scientific American, The Guardian, New Scientist, Daily Telegraph, and Wired. Wendy was a member of the Board for 23 years, from 1998 to 2022.

The Association of British Science Writers is registered in England and Wales under company number 07376343 at 76 Glebe Lane, Barming, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 9BD.
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