Links to the winners work are provided where available
British Science Journalist of the Year
Ian Sample, Science editor, the Guardian
UK government’s Covid advisers enduring ‘tidal waves of abuse’, The Guardian
Judges Quote: A real powerhouse, telling important stories to a very wide audience, including uncovering the abuse scientists have faced over their COVID-19 roles.
The winner of this award is automatically entered into the European Science Journalist of the Year award as the British entrant
With thanks to The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry who support this award.
Dr Katharine Giles Award for best
popular article written by a scientist or engineer
Pictured: Nikki Giles (sister of Katharine Giles) and Andy Extance (Chair, ABSW) accepting the award as Azadeh could not be present at the ceremony
Azadeh Emadi, University of Glasgow, The magic of touch: how deafblind people taught us to ‘see’ the world differently during COVID, Insights - The Conversation
Judges Quote: An accomplished piece on a deeply multi-disciplinary topic. Deploying multiple techniques, deftly woven together, Emadi draws the reader in and humanises her own research on how the deafblind community experienced the pandemic.
With thanks to the Dr Katharine Giles Fund that supports this award.
Editor of the Year
Katy Evans, Managing Editor, IFLScience.com
When Does A Theory Become A Fact? CURIOUS ISSUE 3 (October 2022)
What Will "Living With COVID" Look Like, And Are We There Yet? www.iflscience.com
Is It Possible To Change Your Personality? www.iflscience.com
Why Archaeologists Are Not Looking For Atlantis, CURIOUS ISSUE 2 (September 2022)
Judges Quote: An outstanding year in which Katy Evans showed both strategic vision and the mettle to bring the vision into reality. Along the way she showed off many of the skills an editor needs to be successful, effectively combining editorial, budgetary, staffing and format development.
Feature of the Year – General Audience
Charlotte Jee, Technology
that lets us “speak” to our dead relatives has arrived. Are we ready?
MIT Technology Review
Judges Quote: This accessible and thought-provoking feature was written before the current excitement over programs such as ChatGPT. It discussed how AI could influence our personal lives -- a topic of huge public interest.
Feature of the Year – Specialist
Dawn Connelly, ‘My
whole world changed’: the repulsive smells that linger for months post COVID,
The Pharmaceutical Journal
Judges Quote: A beautifully written tale. We have bizarre signs and symptoms, human tragedy, what we know and don’t know about the neuroscience, and news for sufferers and pharmacists.
Newcomer of the Year
Simar Bajaj, Freelance
Judges Quote: Exceptional reporting of important and complex scientific issues, such as xenotransplantation, which has already resulted in international recognition.
With thanks to the Quadram Institute who support this award.
News Analysis or Explanatory Reporting
Jessica Hamzelou, A battle is raging over long covid in children, MIT
Judges Quote: A thorough, even-handed exploration of what long Covid looks like in children.
News Item of the Year
First known map of night sky found hidden in Medieval parchment, Nature
Judges Quote: A memorable exclusive: Via great story telling and factful reporting it showed why this was important news.
Opinion Piece or Editorial of the Year
Anjana Ahuja, Science should beware being drawn into the asylum seeker debate, Financial Times
Judges Quote: Anjana Ahuja marshals the evidence that biological age assessments are scientifically flawed and that their use in deportation cases only adds more uncertainty to decisions that are, at best, ambiguous.
Science Podcast of the Year
Geoff Marsh (pictured right) & Noah Baker, Recreating the lost sounds of spring, Nature.com
Judges Quote: The perfect story for creative use of sound effects and they were well-chosen and crafted without being excessive. Technical quality, writing and presentation were superb. A delight to listen to.
Research Policy or Funding Story of the
Andrew Silver, Polar research: Frozen out, Research Europe
Judges Quote: A really good piece written on an important topic. The reporting is challenging, executed well, and clearly written.
Royal Society Audio Award
Leana Hosea, Rachel Salvidge, Emma Campbell, Alasdair Cross, & Dimitri Houtart, Costing the Earth: Britain’s Dark Waters, BBC Radio 4 & BBC Sounds
Judges Quote: The story-telling structure kept the listener’s attention throughout, through its variety of locations, powerful examples, eloquent first-hand testimony and clear, persuasive sync from experts.
With thanks to the Royal Society who support this award.
Stephen White award for reporting of
science in a non-science context
Pictured: Andy Extance (Chair, ABSW) presents award to Amanda's colleagues Melissa Hogenboom and David Robson as Amanda was unable to attend
Amanda Ruggeri, Male postnatal depression: Why men struggle in silence, BBC Worklife
Judges Quote: The fascinating account of a (male) paediatrician with postnatal depression, exploring how even those who should be most familiar with this little-known condition can remain undiagnosed.
Steve Connor Award for Investigative
Emma Howard, & Crispin Dowler, Satellites
reveal widespread burning on England’s protected peatlands, despite government
ban, Unearthed. Additional credits: Data processing by Anne Harris,
Edikan Umoh and Olufadeke Banjo. Mapping platform created by Alexey Drozdovskiy. Video production by Ali Deacon.
Judges Quote: Very strong investigation that involved extensive research and analysis written in a digestible way. It was great to see the wide-ranging real world impact of the team's work, including the launching of a government investigation into the issue.
Video of the Year Award
Melissa Hogenboom, & Pierangelo Pirak, Split at Birth: Twins Divided, BBC TV News, iPlayer & BBC Reel
Judges Quote: A powerful documentary about twin separation studies, featuring excellent storytelling and an engaging visual style. The filmmakers got very good access to compelling interviewees, highlighting the special connection that can exist between twins and the impact that these troubling experiments had on the people involved.