ABSW Outline of Membership Benefits
Connect to around 400 professional science journalists and communications professionals within the ABSW
Connect to European science journalists through ABSW membership of the European Federation for Science Journalism
Connect to science journalists around the world through ABSW membership of the World Federation of Science Journalists
Include your profile in the ABSW’s online directory for those seeking freelance writers/editors/broadcasters (currently under reconstruction)
Take part in and access the ABSW’s ongoing freelance pay survey to keep up to date on industry pay
Make use of the ABSW mentoring scheme for those new to the field
Connect with other members and get the latest ABSW news, and job vacancies, through our email discussion list
Guides to the business of science journalism
Apply for the ABSW Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship Scheme
Discounted rates to our biennial UK Conference of Science Journalists and ABSW Science Journalism Summer School
Free access to ABSW events
Access to the members’ only area of the ABSW website to contact other members of the ABSW, edit your membership details, and control what you share with other members
Jobs listings: access relevant job postings via the website/discussion list/@absw and facebook
Awards and other opportunities – keep up-to-date with awards available for science writing/journalism and other opportunities such as press trips through the website/discussion list/twitter and Facebook
Promote your books to other members of the Association – form on website
Propose events to the ABSW Board – form on website
For full members, stand for election to the ABSW Executive Board, vote in the elections for the ABSW Executive Board and vote at the Annual General Meeting. All members are allowed to attend Board meetings as observers, notification of meetings is made via our discussion list.
Occasional discounts for events/training of relevance to ABSW members: eg: Guardian courses
The ABSW is twinned with the Ugandan Science Journalists’ Association through a World Federation of Science Journalists twinning scheme
The ABSW is a member of the Creators' Rights Alliance
In 2014 the ABSW commissioned a report on sexism in science journalism and is now looking at carrying forward the report’s recommendations with appropriate organisations such as the NUJ
The ABSW organises the annual ABSW science writers’ awards for Great Britain and Ireland and European Science Writer of the Year – these awards recognise and celebrate excellence in science journalism. The awards are open to members and non-members.
The ABSW represents science journalists on issues of interest to all members: for example, the ABSW expressed its concerns to the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General about revisions to the Civil Service Code that could prevent scientists responding to the needs of journalists.
The ABSW produces a guide called Science Writing: the Basics this was last published in 2015
The ABSW Board members take part in careers fairs and events on science writing and science journalism.