ABSW Key News/Dates
ABSW awards open to entry 1 January 2018
ABSW 'missed the deadline' Christmas Party - Thursday 11 January 2018 - The Parcel Yard, King's Cross Station, London
ASBW panel event: How to write a successful science book - 22 February 2017 - London
ABSW AGM - Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Wellcome Trust, London
A Better World is Possible: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Social Progress by ABSW member Georgina Ferry
Publisher: Profile Books, 2017 (1st edition)
The Gatsby Foundation has spent around £50m annually on charitable activities, and by its 50th anniversary in 2017 it will have spent over £1bn on programmes that range from reducing poverty in Africa to raising the standard of technical education, investigating how plants fight disease, and finding out how the brain works. But despite Gatsby's wide reach and the level of its donations, it has always functioned discreetly and out of the public eye. Georgina Ferry's in-depth account reveals its achievements and invites us to question how the super-rich - and even the moderately affluent - might spend their money more wisely and for the common good.
Webpage where this book can be bought: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Better-World-Possible-Charitable-Foundation/dp/178125916X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1508248093&sr=8-2
Web page for further information: https://profilebooks.com/a-better-world-is-possible.html
Hear from the people who know at this ABSW panel event, including:
Royal Society Book Prize Winner: Philip Ball
New York Times bestselling author and Royal Society Book Prize Shortlistee: Jo Marchant
Editing and Publishing expert Robin Dennis, who has worked on four books longlisted for the Royal Society Prize, three shortlisted books, and one winner
18:30 for 19:00 February 22nd 2018
Location: The Francis Crick Institute
1 Midland Road
London NW1 1AT
Published by Philip's 2016
A stimulating guide detailing recent developments in space exploration written by Paul Sutherland.
Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs and colourful artworks.
Truth is in the spotlight -- there’s much debate about how to find it and whether it still carries weight in our society. Media covering UK and US politics have lamented how truth is being sacrificed to misinformation, myth, spin or outright lies. During the US pre-election period, publishers from the Guardian to the New York Times to NPR pushed their fact-checking services. The need to tackle fake news then captured the attention of major social media players like Facebook.
Journalism is reflecting hard on how to adapt to deal with what’s seen as the era of post-truth, and science commentators have lamented how evidence is being sacrificed to spin and fake news.
All ABSW members have now been sent this message from ABSW Chair Mico Tatalovic:
I am writing to let you know about an exciting initiative through which you can help shape the future of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) – and science journalism in the UK more widely.
The ABSW board has decided to carry out an independent strategic review of our association to see how we can improve what we do. Specifically, we want to see how we can improve what we offer to you, our members, and to make sure that our governance structures and funding streams are following best practices and are in line with ensuring the long-term sustainability of the ABSW.
As part of this review, we will be carrying out a survey of our members to see what you think of the ABSW. For example, what works and doesn’t work for you, which activities you take part in, and which activities you’d like to see in future. We want you to have a say in how the association moves forward. You can expect to get the short survey over the next few weeks, and we hope you can share your thoughts and feelings about the ABSW, and advise us on where we can improve.