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Twenty-two women members of the ABSW met in Central London last week for the inaugural women science writers’ networking event.

Emily Wilson, the first woman editor of New Scientist spoke at the event of the highs and lows of her career path that led to the top job at New Scientist.   Sue Nelson, science broadcaster, interviewed Emily and Natasha Loder, the Economist summed up the key points.  

Key points from the event were:

• There are obstacles to women reaching top jobs

• Women who succeed have often had to find effective means to continue to progress their career whilst balancing child care responsibilities.   In Emily’s case job share had been key to her continuing to work.

Early bird registration for the UKCSJ18 is now open with discounted registration rates.   Visit our dedicated Conference website for further details www.ukcsj.org

Register now as these rates are only avilable until the end of July 2018. 

Early Bird Rates:

ABSW members £100 inc VAT

ABSW student members £40 inc VAT

All other £200 inc VAT

Why not join the ABSW today to make the most of the members' rates and all other member benefits?   You can reserve your place at the Conference by registering and paying at the ABSW membership rate and then make sure your complete our membership application form.

We look forward to seeing you at the UKCSJ18 in London this October.

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Left to Right: Yves Sciama, organizer ECSJ2018; Seema Kumar, J&J Innovation; Nathaniel Herzberg, finalist; Eva Wolfangel, winner; Martin Enserink, finalist; Vera Novai, Lea Udovč and
Julianna Photopoulos, nominees - European Science Writer of the Year 2018

Eva Wolfangel, a freelance science journalist from Germany was announced as European Science Writer of the Year 2018 at an evening reception at the European Conference of Science Journalists 2018 on Sunday (8 July 2018).

For writers keen to get a feature published in New Scientist, the ABSW evening with Josh Howgego, one of the publication’s features editors, was a great place to start.

The evening, held in a London pub, on Monday 4 June, was free to members. Josh provided all sorts of glimpses into how those features editors’ minds work – the mantras they follow; the essentials they are looking for in a pitch; how they view the New Scientist reader. He also talked the group through the writing of a feature, from coverlines to endings. And he ran through a list of feature types – all useful for working out where your fantastic idea might slot into the magazine.

After a round of drinks there was plenty of time for questions and bouncing ideas around. Thanks, Josh, for taking the time.

Read the event details

Thanks to Aisling Irwin, Secretary of the ABSW Board, for representing the ABSW Board on the night and for providing this review and picture.

Super early bird registration for the UKCSJ18 is now open with a 50% discount on registration rates.   Visit our dedicated Conference website for further details www.ukcsj.org

Register now as these rates are limited to the first 100 delegates only and are also only available until 17:00 Friday 29 June 2018.

Super Early Bird Rates:

ABSW members £75 inc VAT

ABSW student members £30 inc VAT

All other £150 inc VAT

Why not join the ABSW today to make the most of the members' rates and all other member benefits?   You can reserve your place at the Conference by registering and paying at the ABSW membership rate and then make sure your complete our membership application form.

We look forward to seeing you at the UKCSJ18 in London this October.

Register and pay for the UKCSJ18

The judges have now met and decided on the European Science Writer of the Year 2018 finalists:

Martin Enserink, International News Editor, Science (The Netherlands), nominated by Vereniging voor Wetenschapsjournalistiek en-communicatie Nederland (VWN) - read Martin's submitted work translated to English

Nathaniel Herzberg, Science journalist, Le Monde (France), nominated by Association des journalistes scientifiques de la presse d'information (AJSPI) - read Nathaniel's submitted work translated to English

Eva Wolfangel, Freelance (Germany), nominated by German Science Journalists’ Association (WPK) - read Eva's submitted work translated to English

The winner will be announced at the 5th European Conference of Science Journalists on Sunday 8 July in Toulouse, France.   

The European Science Writer of the Year Award, now in its fourth year, is co-ordinated by the ABSW and supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Individuals are nominated for the Award by representative organisations for journalism or science journalism,  throughout Europe. 

Mico Tatalovic, Chair of the ABSW Executive Board said: "This competition has been growing each year, and we’ve had a record number of entries this year. It’s fantastic to see so many excellent science journalists producing an amazing variety of high quality content around the continent. I’m looking forward to meeting the winners at the ECSJ in Toulouse in July.

Sabine Louët, Founder SciencePOD.net and one of the judges said: "The level of entries was particularly high, this year. It is good to see science journalism is gaining some firm ground in terms of quality, right across Europe. We need to continue engaging with the science journalists community in Europe to share good practice and facilitate cross-border reporting."

The full list of nominations for the award is as follows:

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