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ABSW board member, Dr. Sunny Bains, tech journalist, editor, and educator, currently at UCL, has been elected to the board of the World Federation of Science Journalists.

The 30 voting delegates of national science journalism associations from around the world elected three new members to the board.

The other two elected board members – out of six candidates running in the election – are Andrada Fiscutean from Romania, and M. Harry Surjadi from Indonesia. “All six candidates have an impressive background, are enthusiastic and are already engaged on behalf of our community,” the WFSJ said.

Congratulations Sunny!

The scandal surrounding Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, the company she set up to develop a new generation of blood-testing equipment, is still unfolding. Apart from anything else, we’ve yet to find out whether Holmes will go to jail. However, the case has already been well documented: there’s a book (Bad Blood), a podcast (The Dropout), a documentary (The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley). From what we know already, journalists were – at least in part – complicit in this company being able to fool investors, partners, patients, and the wider public. They were also instrumental in uncovering the Theranos fraud.

At a ceremony held at the Science Museum’s new Illuminate event space last night (Tuesday 28 May), the winners of this year’s Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland were announced.

Gaia Vince, freelance science and environment journalist, and an award-winning broadcaster and author hosted the event. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sir Philip Campbell Editor-in Chief of the publishing company Springer Nature and former Editor-in-Chief of Nature.   Pallab Ghosh, Science Correspondent BBC News, reflected on Sir Philip’s outstanding and influential career before announcing he had won the award.  

The ABSW has partnered up with CIJ for the second year running, to bring the science beat closer to investigative reporters.

We are organizing three sessions on science reporting at the CIJ’s Investigative Journalism Summer Conference: Where new tools meet traditional craft on 4-6 July 2019 in London, UK.

ABSW also has five travel grants for its members to attend the conference, and all ABSW members get 20% discount on registration.

The science sessions this year are the following:

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