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The UKCSJ18 is to focus on new emerging technologies and digital innovations in science and technology reporting. 

The fast pace of technological change means the way we work is evolving faster than ever.

Reporters are now often required to be fluent in multimedia, and editors encouraged to innovate and experiment with new software and hardware tools. Old media business models are continuing to be challenged as new ones emerge and are being tested. No one knows which of these experiments or technologies, if any, will eventually win out and become the new norm.

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Genomic Health becomes a sponsor of UKCSJ18 supporting an evening networking event.

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Register your interest in UKCSJ18 today and be the first to know when registrations open and grab an early bird rate. 

UKCSJ18 Tuesday 16 October 2018, London


Save the date and book your place now for 'Advanced features writing: ABSW masterclass with Joshua Howgego, features editor at New Scientist' on 4th June 2018, 6-8pm, at the Somers Town Coffee House, London. 

Date/time: 18:00-20:00 Monday 4 June 2018

Venue: The Somers Town Coffee House - downstairs room (if you enter the pub from the right hand door there is a door straight down to the basement as you go in ), 60 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1HS.

Tea/Coffee/Water will be available on arrival and a bar tab will be set up for a few drinks after the event in the main bar. Please note no food will be served at this event but you can purchase food/bar snacks at the upstairs bar.


What makes for a great feature idea and where do such ideas come from? How do you go from an idea to a successful pitch? What do editors want from a feature pitch: what, when and how should you pitch? What are key elements a good science features hould have? And how do you go from an idea to a published product – how do you make it through the long road of editing? And how do you then make your published story a viral success?

Get answers to these and other questions, and up your game on long-form narrative and creative non-fiction writing.

Come armed with real ideas and pitch them to New Scientist

The event is free for ABSW members but places are limited. Sign up now here.

The winners of the 2018 Association of British Science Writers’ (ABSW) Awards for Great Britain and Ireland were announced at an Awards Ceremony tonight (Wednesday 16 May) at the Royal Society in London.  

A record breaking 300 entries were considered by an independent panel of science journalists and science communicators who judged the entries based on originality, appeal to a broad audience, novelty of subject matter, likely impact, style, content, entertainment, balance and depth of reporting.  

The evening was hosted by David Shukman, Science Editor, BBC News.  Emma Kohring, Comms leader London Innovation Center, EMEA and Frederik Wittock, Comms leader science activation, EMEA, presented the Awards on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the Awards sponsors.

The shortlist for British Science Writer of the Year & British entrant to European Science Writer of the Year has been announced:

Hal Hodson, technology correspondent at The Economist

Richard Hollingham, Boffin Media

Akshat Rathi, reporter at Quartz

Inga Vesper, freelance reporter

The winner will be announced at the ABSW Award's Ceremony next week (Wednesday May 16, 2018) in London.

The judging panel has met and decided the shortlists for the Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2018 supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation.  Mico Tatalovic, Chair of the Judging Panel, and the ABSW said: “This year was a record breaking year for the Awards with 300 entries, competition was tough in many categories showing that science journalism is still thriving within the UK and Ireland”.

The winners of all categories will be announced at the ABSW Science Writers Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 18 May, at the Royal Society, London.


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