ABSW Key News/Dates
European Science Writer of the Year open to European Journalism Association nominations 1 January 2018
ASBW panel event: How to write a successful science book - 22 February 2017 - London
ABSW AGM - Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Wellcome Trust, London
ABSW Awards Ceremony - Wednesday 16 May 2018 - The Royal Society, London
UKCSJ18 - Tuesday 16 October 2018 - The Francis Crick Institute, London
ABSW Awards 2018
The ABSW Science Writers' Awards for Great Britain and Ireland - record breaking 300 entries this year
European Science Writer of the Year open to European Journalism Association Nominations until 28 February 2018
ABSW Awards Ceremony - 18:00 Wednesday 16 May 2018 - The Royal Society, London
The awards are supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Finalists announced ABSW Science Writers Awards for Great Britain and Ireland
The finalists in the 2017 Association of British Science Writers’ (ABSW) Awards for Great Britain and Ireland have been decided. The ABSW is also pleased to announce the country nominees in this year’s European Science Writer of the Year Award.
Two hundred and twenty-eight entries were considered by the independent panel of science journalists and science communicators who judged the entries based on originality, appeal to a broad audience, novelty of subject matter, likely impact, style, content, entertainment, balance and depth of reporting.
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.
Search for all the coverage on twitter: #abswss17
For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page
|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
Moderator: Martin Ince, Treasurer, ABSW board and freelance science writer
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
Pitching skills - how and where to sell you story ideas
Investigative science reporting
|13:15-14:30||Lunch and networking|
Data journalism skills
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
|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.
For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page
The ABSW would like to thank The Wellcome Trust for venue support.
Evening Careers Event:
In association with:
Publisher: Quad Books, 2017
Buy the book here:
Physics in 50 Milestone Moments is a lively, accessible, and thought-provoking introduction to physics, its history, and its practitioners.
Uniquely, it is structured around a timeline of landmark events that vividly brings to life the evolution of this most fundamental science; from the Stone Age, through the classical era and the Renaissance, to the present day. As well as offering a comprehensive guide to physics, this book helps make the big ideas intelligible to us by placing them in their real-world contexts.
***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.
At the ABSW AGM held last night (Thursday 30 March) Pallab Ghosh, Science Correspondent at the BBC and a former Chair of the ABSW was appointed Honorary President.
On his appointment Pallab said: "The ABSW is a force for good and I look forward to helping the Chair and the Executive Board in any way I can to promote our values of clear, critical and challenging science journalism. In a world where so much well-funded science propaganda is produced by so many vested interests to suit their own agendas, our profession is needed now more than ever. It is needed to help people make informed choices about their lives and to show them how science shapes the world around them and how they might influence that change."
The AGM saw Martin Ince departing as former President of the ABSW's Executive Board and Mico Tatalovic of New Scientist being elected. Martin will remain on the Board for a further year in the postition of Treasurer so will still be very much involved in the organisation.
Other news from the AGM:
The standing orders were amended to change the title of President of the ABSW to its former title of Chair of the ABSW, amendments were also made so that Life Members can stand for election.
Martin Ince was awarded Life Membership of the ABSW for all he has done during his time as President.
Pete Wrobel and Michael Kenward were appointed for a further year as Honorary Auditors.
The minutes will be posted in due course but will of course require approval at next year's AGM.