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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.

Emily Wilson. Credit:  David Levene for the Guardian

This will be the first of an occasional series of evening events to allow women ABSW members to network and meet other women in their field. Each session will focus on issues specific to women and will feature an inspirational guest. Key points from the event will be shared afterwards on the ABSW website. 

Organised by Sue Nelson, Natasha Loder & Sallie Robins.

Thursday July 5, 2018

Venue: The Apollo Room (Upstairs) NB: this is a different room to that previously advertised, The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0EG

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

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.

Register and pay for the UKCSJ18

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

 

Photo Credits: Trevor Aston Photography Ltd

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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.

Details:

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.

ABSW AGM AGENDA

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Date and time: 18:00 for 18:30 start, Wednesday March 28, 2018

Venue: Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Please note this is not the Wellcome Collection Building but the offices of the Wellcome Trust next door to the Wellcome Collection Building.

Invited: All ABSW members - all members have been sent an invitation by email and are asked to RSVP by Wed 21 March 2018 (RSVPs are now closed as numbers and names had to be sent to venue for security, but do email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding late RSVP as we can then make additional arrangements for you)

NB: Only full and life members may vote. Quorum for the meeting is 10 voting members

On February 22, 2018 over forty ABSW members heard from the people who know at an ABSW panel event, with:

Royal Society Book Prize Winner: Philip Ball

New York Times bestselling author and Royal Society Book Prize Shortlistee:  Jo Marchant

Editing and Publishing expert Robin Dennis, who has worked on four books longlisted for the Royal Society Prize, three shortlisted books, and one winner

Tom Standage, deputy editor of The Economist, and author of six books blending technology and history, including two New York Times bestsellers.

Jessica Woollard is a literary agent at David Higham Associates representing narrative non-fiction and international fiction. Her authors include Jo Baker, Rob Cowen, Stanley Donwood, Charles Foster, Paul Kingsnorth, Robert Macfarlane, Fred Pearce and Merlin Sheldrake.

The panel discussion was held at the venue for this year's UKCSJ, The Francis Crick Institute.

Read: Top tips on writing popular science books from literary agent Diane Banks

View the full Facebooklive video of the event:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/abswgroup/permalink/10155746730773876/

Read all about it on Twitter:

Diane Banks

Next Thursday, February 22nd, the ABSW is running a panel entitled “How to write a successful science book”. Admission is limited to ABSW members and closes this Friday, February 16th. You can join here, and register for the event here.  In advance of our event, here is the advice of Diane Banks from Diane Banks Associates, literary agents for popular science writers including Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw, Jon Butterworth, Melanie Windridge and Sheila Kanani.

Science books have become increasingly popular in the last ten years or so, crossing out of the science section at the back of the bookstore and over into the genre which has been labelled by Waterstones as “Smart Thinking”, a phrase which has been picked up across the trade.  The general reader is keen to understand all aspects of the world in which we live.  Nevertheless, however cutting edge their research, the number of academic science writers who successfully make the move into trade publishing remains small.  Cracking the magic formula of a groundbreaking science book which captures and holds the public imagination is tough.  Here are our top tips:

1. Public profile.  Before approaching an agent or trade publisher, you’ll need to have already demonstrated that you enjoy engaging with a popular audience.  The simplest way to do this is via social media and a personal website, where you can post blogs, videos and press cuttings.  A writer who is genuinely interested in engaging with a wider audience (as opposed to one who sees writing a trade book as a way to make money) will by definition have already built up a strong social media following and have put themselves out there on the popular lecture circuit.  If they haven’t done this, the publisher has all the information they need to make a decision.

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