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On May 17th, 1947, a notice appeared in Newspaper World announcing the creation of the Association of British Science Writers. Membership was one guinea, that is £1.05p in new money.

Fifty years later, during the ABSW's Golden Jubilee year, Caroline Richmond and Ursula Laver kindly produced this scrapbook.

The Jubilee Scrapbook is available to download as a 9MB PDF.

The ABSW's members don't just write the news, they sometime make it.This is where we pass on these moments of glory along with pointers to coverage of science writing where the ABSW has had a hand.

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Radio 4: More or Less, September 3rd, 2010. ABSW chair Natasha Loder interviewed.

Trial by error: How bad is mainstream science reporting? Can it be improved or has it had its time? Zoë Corbyn. 26.8.10. Times Higher Education.

A life in science rewarded by peers. Ariel (BBC magazine) 27.7.10

ABSW Science Writers' Awards winners announced,, 26.07.10

Science journalism awards return after two-year absence,, 06.07.10

Science and the Media: Securing the Future, Science and the Media Expert Group, 13.1.10. ABSW's contribution to this report can be found here.



Journalist support scheme offered for investigative journalists,, 10.09.09

Embargoes under scrutiny after Sun 'life on Mars' story, Press Gazette, 23.1.09


For full details of the organisational structure of the ABSW and its Memorandam, Articles and Standing Orders see our page: About Us

Guides to...

Whether you're just starting out in your career as a science writer or you're a seasoned professional, this where you can find guides on all manner of things - from where to find leads, how to write good copy, how to pitch, and what equipment you'll need to what publications and blogs are out there and how to get a book deal. There's something for everyone...

Books by members

Browse through a list of books written by the supremely gifted members of the ABSW.

Industry contacts

Don't know who to contact at various publications? Well now you can find out

ABSW in the media

Some of our media appearances.


A Jubilee Scrapbook. Our anniversary publication.

Our Constitution.


Welcome to the ABSW's Guides to...

To help our members grow and build their careers, we've compiled a handy set of practical guides on different aspects of science writing and science journalism. This content is exclusively available for members of the ABSW.

To access the content, please log in.

Previously all this content was held as a Wiki, which meant that any member could get stuck in to share their wisdom. However, we found that the interface was tricky to use. So, we've pulled all the content out and it is now here for you to enjoy. If you have ideas for new guides or suggestions on currently available guides, just get in contact with us and we'll see what we can do.

Here's a list of currently available guides. Enjoy!

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