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Finalists from 2018 at the European Conference of Science Journalists awards ceremony


After reviewing 25 entries, from countries throughout Europe, the judges have agreed on the finalists for European Science Journalist of the Year 2019.


Alison Abbott, Senior European Correspondent, Nature, based in Germany – self entry

Three articles published in Nature were submitted for judging:

In the Palestinian territories, science struggles against all odds

100 bats and a long, dark tunnel: one neuroscientist’s quest to unlock the secrets of 3D navigation

Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to fool the Inquisition        

The judges said:  We enjoyed her engaging prose and importance of her subjects and also wanted to congratulate her on her long (27 year) successful career

Renata Dacinger, Editor, Script Writer, and Presenter at the public TV station RTV Slovenija – nominated by the Balkan Network of Science Journalists (Slovenija)

Three TV programmes were submitted for judging and can be viewed online:

Programme one

Programme two

Programme three

The judges said: We all particularly appreciated Renata's presence, her creative flair and eye for detail, as well as the fact that she wore multiple hats in the production of her work

Katia Moskvitch, Space editor, WIRED UK, CondeNast – nominated by the Association of British Science Writers (UK). British Science Journalist of the Year 2019

Three articles published in Wired and Quanta Magazine were submitted for judging:

Iceland advert banned Christmas

Dark matter worth searching for null results

Troubled times for alternatives to Einstein’s theory of gravity     

The judges said: We selected Katia for her engaging prose and the importance of the subjects fearlessly tackled

Javier Sauras, Freelance - self entry (Spain)

Javier’s submitted work can be found online:

The judges said: … fantastic gamification of an important subject such as the gender divide in tech. The piece is innovative, imaginative and uniquely engaging. It unveils the human side of science, showing how personal and professional overlap when women decide to undertake a career in a male dominated field.

Lydia Ben Ytzhak, freelance columnist for "Continent sciences" (France Culture) – nominated by l'Association des journalistes scientifiques de la presse d'information AJSPI (France)

Three podcasts were submitted for judging:     

The judges said: We particularly appreciated the original perspective provided by the audio format, that Lydia masters beautifully

The award is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and co-ordinated by the Association of British Science Writers.  The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 2 July, as part of the World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Entries for this award can be made by journalists from any European country, journalists may also be nominated for the award by their country’s national journalism association.   Entries can be made in any medium and any language.

The judges in 2019 were:

Lou del Bello, European Representative on the Executive Board of the Association of British Science Writers, freelance writer and producer (Chair of the judges)

Declan Butler, Senior reporter, Nature (France)

Ljubica Urošević, Freelance journalist, RTV Vojvodina, Program editor Tv show “Pres i ja “ (“Press and me”) (Serbia)

Eva Wolfangel, winner European Science Writer of the Year 2018, Science journalist (Germany)

Congratulations to all the finalists, thanks to the judges and our sponsors and most of all thanks to all those who entered the award making it our most competitive year to date. 

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