Join by Direct Debit or Repeat Card Payment to access ABSW services today
£40 per year
Your principal source of earnings is professional journalism or writing
£36 per year
Your work advances the public awareness of science and technology and/or professional journalism or writing is not your principal source of earnings
£20 per year
You are in full- or part-time education
If you don't have a UK bank account you will not be able to pay by direct debit, however, you should be able to use your debit/credit card button to pay by repeat card payment or you can contact us to set up a membership subscription and pay manually.
Membership is pre-approved at the point of joining and ratified retrospectively within three months by the ABSW Board.
Why join ABSW?
As a member of ABSW, you will get access to a whole host of benefits including discounted rates to conferences, professional development and networking events, access to resources and much, much more.
Develop your professional network
Through your membership you will be able to connect with over 600 professional science journalists and communications professionals within the ABSW network.
You will also be able to develop your network to science journalists around the world through the ABSW membership of the World Federation of Science Journalists. The ABSW is twinned with the Ugandan Science Journalists’ Association through a World Federation of Science Journalists twinning scheme.
Raise your profile
Include your profile in our public directory for those seeking freelance writers, editors or broadcasters. Promote your recently published books to other ABSW members.
Submit your work for an ABSW Award
The annual ABSW Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in science journalism. The awards are open to all science writers and journalists for a £55 submission fee per entry; this fee is waived for ABSW members.
Access journals and other professional resources
Use your ABSW membership to access an expanding directory of science journals and news resources, including ScienceDirect, Wiley Online and Taylor & Francis.
You can apply for an official two-year press card, accredited and recognized by the UK press card authority, at a cost of only £35.
You will also have access to our Jobs Board which is regularly updated with the latest opportunities in science writing.
Join ABSW professional training and networking events
Benefit from our full calendar of free events throughout the year and enjoy discounted rates on our flagship events including the UK Conference of Science Journalists and Science Journalism Summer Schools.
As a member you can sign-up for special interest groups such as Feature Feast, our peer-learning group for feature writers and our mentoring scheme if you are new to the field. You can also connect with other ABSW members and get the latest ABSW news through our lively email discussion list.
Help safe-guard and improve standards in science journalism
The ABSW represents science journalists on issues of interest to all members, such as its 2020 submission to the Communications and Digital Committee's inquiry The Future of Journalism. We have surveyed freelance pay and continue to conduct research into the the state of science journalism.
Full ABSW members are eligible to stand for election to the ABSW Executive Board, vote in the elections for the ABSW Executive Board and vote at the Annual General Meeting. All members are allowed to attend Board meetings as observers, notification of meetings is made via our discussion list.
As a member of the ABSW you can apply for a UK press card through the British Association of Journalists. The reduced rate for ABSW members is £35.
Contact Matthew Myatt, General Secretary, British Association of Journalists for the ABSW members' application form.
An international press card is also available to ABSW members through our membership of the World Federation of Science Journalists.