The ABSW is an event partner for this event of Johson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

The event is free for ABSW members but you need to register via Eventbrite


You've got your cutting-edge technology, you've raised money, and your company is making some great headway on the R&D front. You're ready to bring your company out of stealth mode and into the limelight, but you don't know how. In this three-part workshop event, we'll explore how to take your story out of the laboratory and into the headlines:

First, a panel of industry reporters will provide insight into how they like to be pitched, what makes something "newsworthy" and what they are looking for to include in coverage.

Second, in a working session, seasoned communications professionals will help you craft your story using a framework that works well for telling life science stories that resonate with multiple audiences.

Finally you'll have a chance to pitch the reporters in attendance who will each select one company that will be the subject of a one-on-one background interview at a later date.

Key topics will include:

What makes a story "newsworthy"?
What's the best way to pitch a reporter?
How do you translate complex science into a story others can understand?
Tips for your interview

The workshop will be led by Ogilvy HealthPR London. 

Lisa Melton | Senior News Editor, Nature Biotechnology
Tim Revell | Reporter, New Scientist and ABSW Board member
Simon Stebbing | Managing Partner, Ogilvy Healthworld 

11:30 | Registration Opens, Lunch, and Networking
12:00 | Panel Discussion
13:00 | Hands-on Working Session
13:45 | Story Pitching
14:30 | Programme Close

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

Date/Time: Tuesday, 3 October 2017 from 11:30 to 14:30 (BST)

Sea Containers House
20 Upper Ground
London, United Kingdom SE1 9PD

This event is free to ABSW members but you need to register via Eventbrite: 

Although science writing is in our name, the ABSW also represents tech and engineering journalists and writers. We’d like to address this portion of our membership more actively by tweaking some of our existing activities and/or creating new ones. This meeting is intended to identify what the differences are in the interests of the existing tech/engineering membership (and the many potential members out there), use them to form some specific proposals, and prioritise these for the main ABSW Board. 

This event is open to all not just ABSW members.

6-8pm, Tuesday 5 September, UCL Main Campus

If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail Dr Sunny Bains This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will be chairing this meeting.

An ABSW Event: Exclusives and how to get them

Who doesn't want to land the big scoops? Those stories that really matter, the stories that people in power don't want told and your competitors will give their back teeth to get ahead of you. But how do you find and report out a big exclusive? Come along to ABSW's next evening event and learn from some of the best how they found and developed big stories that made an impact.

We have two seasoned reporters,  one winner and one finalist for the best investigative journalism award at the ABSW Science Writers Awards for Britain and Ireland 2017, ready to talk to you about how they found their exclusives and what made them so valuable to report. This panel discussion will be followed with an open Q&A session and a trip to the pub after. 

Registration is now closed for the ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2017

Wednesday 5 July 2017
Summer School: 09:00-17:45 
Evening careers/networking event open to all delegates 17:45-20:30
Venue: The Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE 


Delegate fees:

ABSW Student Member: £15 inc VAT
ABSW Member (all other categories): £30 inc VAT
All others: £100 inc VAT

Your delegate fees include all materials, lunch/tea/coffee and drinks and canapes at the evening event.

Register and Pay Now (Registration now closed)

If you wish to join the ABSW and pay the reduced ABSW delegate rate there is a special offer of 50% off ABSW membership rates for those attending the Summer School.

ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2017: a one-day event to kick-start or reinvigorate your career in science journalism

In association with the World Federation of Science Journalists

Held on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at The Wellcome Trust


Read all about the summer school in this storify account by ABSW Chair, Mico Tatalovic.

Find out what the Summer School student scholars thought about their experience in this piece by our sponsors Taylor & Francis Group.

Session reviews and coverage so far, video footage and full audio of sessions will be added soon, where available powerpoints are linked to speakers/sessions below.

Search for all the coverage on twitter: #abswss17




For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page

Time                  Session
09:00-09:30 Coffee and registration
09:30-09:35    Welcome and introduction, Pallab Ghosh, Honorary President, ABSW and science correspondent for BBC

New media trends
Where are our audiences? The latest insights about digital news consumption from the Digital News Report 2017
Nic Newman, research associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and lead author of the digital news report

Moderator: Martin Ince, Treasurer, ABSW board and freelance science writer


Digital News Report 2017


The role of critical science journalism in the fake news world

Alok Jha, Science Correspondent, ITV 

Moderator: Pallab Ghosh, Honorary President, ABSW and science correspondent for BBC

10:45-11:15 Coffee/Tea Break

Pitching skills - how and where to sell you story ideas
Take part in a highly interactive session to develop your pitching skills. Whether you are pitching as a staff journalist or a freelancer you need to learn how to make an editor take notice of your stories pitch - and what makes a perfect pitch.
Inga Vesper, freelance science journalist
Aisling Irwin, acting editor, SciDev.Net
Laura Greenhalgh, assistant policy editor, Politico
Helen Thomson, freelance science journalist and consultant for New Scientist
Joshua Howgego, features editor at New Scientist

Moderator: Mico Tatalovic, Chair, ABSW board and Environment and Life Sciences News Editor, New Scientist


New Scientist's Guide for Freelancers


Investigative science reporting
Investigative journalism presents a unique set of challenges for science journalists. Key issues being time, gaining access to information and fighting off legal threats. Learn the how and why of telling stories that others are trying to bury in this two-part session:
12.15 – 12.45 ‘Why investigative journalism matters, with examples from science’ by Rachel Oldroyd, managing editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
12.45-13.15 ‘How we uncovered Google Deep Mind's secret NHS data grab’ by Hal Hodson, technology reporter at the Economist (previously New Scientist), and Will Douglas Heaven, freelance (previously chief technology editor at New Scientist and editor of BBC Future Now). They will talk about their scoop for New Scientist and challenges of doing investigations and taking on a big player alongside their usual news work 
Moderator: Jack Serle, Vice-Chair, ABSW board and reporter Bureau of Investigative Journalism

13:15-14:30 Lunch and networking

Data journalism skills
Discover sources of open data and how to work with it using techniques such as visualisation, scraping and mapping.
Jonathan Stoneman, Freelance trainer in Open Data
Moderator: Wendy Grossman, ABSW board member and freelance journalist


Presentation made by Jonathan Stoneman: Lightning introduction to data


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

Moderator: Mico Tatalovic, Chair, ABSW board and Environment and Life Sciences News Editor, New Scientist


Presentation made by Brian Lin: Using EurekAlert! for science news gathering

15:50-16:20 Tea Break

Successful freelancing
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, carving out niche areas of specialisation, copyright issues and the tools that they use to manage their time.
Mark Peplow, freelance science journalist
Max Glaskin, an award-winning journalist and the author of Cycling Science
Inga Vesper, freelance science journalist
Moderator: Jack Serle, Vice-Chair, ABSW board and reporter Bureau of Investigative Journalism

17:30 - 21:00 Meet commissioning editors, pitch your stories and get career advice from seasoned reporters

This networking session will allow you to get bespoke careers advice from journalists and editors in the national and international media. You’ll have the opportunity to sit across the table from some of the key science editors and reporters, and have their full, undivided attention, be it to pitch story ideas or ask them any career questions you may have.

A stellar array of editors and writers from a variety of international media will be on hand to give you one-to-one personalised advice about how to make it as a science journalist, and give feedback on story ideas you have.

Editors and reporters you can speak to will include:
Chrissie Giles, commissioning editor, Mosaic
Vicki Turk, senior editor at Wired UK
Michael Marshall, former acting editor at BBC Earth, now freelance
Mico Tatalovic, environment and life sciences news editor, New Scientist
Ben Deighton, managing editor at SciDev.Net
Shamini Bundell, multimedia editor at Nature (from 18:20h onwards)
Emma Stoye, senior science correspondent at Chemistry World
Inga Vesper, senior editor, Research Research (until 19h)
Max Glaskin, an award-winning journalist and the author of Cycling Science
Martin Redfern, freelance broadcast science journalist
Moderator: Bob Ward, ABSW board member, policy and communications director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics

For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page

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***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.

All ABSW members are invited to the traditional late Xmas party.

When: Thursday 26th January 18:30 until late

Are you an aspiring science journalist? If so, would you like some free bespoke careers advice from journalists in the national media?

If your answer is “Yes!” to both questions, then you cannot afford to miss an exclusive event organised by the Association of British Science Writers on Wednesday 2 November.

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