Summer School


This course is now fully booked and will be held on Thursday 19 April 2018

After the success of the ABSW media law course the ABSW is planning an 'Introduction to Podcasting Course' run by ABSW members Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham.

The course will give a basic grounding in how to produce simple but professional-sounding audio podcasts.

The course will be held in London for a full day (weekday) and will cost £80 - £100 (costs will be dependent on the number of individuals attending and the venue used - but the idea is to keep costs as low as possible for ABSW members).

If there is enough interest in the course for this to be cost effective the ABSW will carry out a poll on the most suitable date for all involved.

The course is for ABSW members but you may join the ABSW in order to attend.

If you would like to register your interest please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Further details of the course and course content:

Is your January diary a place of tumble weed and financial strife?

Fear not, every year the ABSW misses the deadline, and holds its Christmas Party in January.

Have a free drink and a some bar snacks on us and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ABSW. (For those of you watching closely we have slightly missed the deadline here too as the ABSW was founded in 1947 but if they had a Christmas Party in 1947 and had it late, well, you get the picture!)

So the details are:

Thursday 11 January 18:30 til late

The Station Master's Office, The Parcel Yard, King's Cross Station

Panel discussion: A conversation on truth, science and journalism - Thursday 2 November 2017, London

Truth is in the spotlight -- there’s much debate about how to find it and whether it still carries weight in our society. Media covering UK and US politics have lamented how truth is being sacrificed to misinformation, myth, spin or outright lies. During the US pre-election period, publishers from the Guardian to the New York Times to NPR pushed their fact-checking services. The need to tackle fake news then captured the attention of major social media players like Facebook.

Journalism is reflecting hard on how to adapt to deal with what’s seen as the era of post-truth, and science commentators have lamented how evidence is being sacrificed to spin and fake news.

Would you be interested in low-cost data journalism training provided via the ABSW?

Data journalism trainer Jonathan Stoneman

Do you want to learn more about working with data as a journalist? Do you want to burnish the skills you already have and learn some more? Do you have the skills but want help on finding and then selling data stories?

Yes? Great! Please drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. because I want to hear from you.

The ABSW board wants to put on some more data journalism events, after the success of the data-orientated session at our summer school this year.

We have managed to get journalism trainer Jonathan Stoneman on board once more to run classes and help ABSW's members learn new skills or refresh their memories.

We're currently looking at arranging a day-long workshop - would that be something that interests you? The choice of curriculum is up to us so please also tell me what you would like to cover. Do you want to develop skills working with data in Excel and SQL? Would you like to learn about visualising datasets? Would you want to cover scraping and coding? Or would you like to talk about how to find datasets, develop stories from them, and sell them to editors?

Time is obviously getting on and the end is nigh for 2017. However there is still time for us to squeeze this session in before Christmas, if the demand is there. Or would you prefer to meet up in the new year?

Jack Serle, Vice-Chair ABSW Board


Organised by Queen’s University Centre for Experimental Medicine PDC, in association with Irish Science and Technology Journalism Association (ISTJA) and Association of British Science Writers (ABSW). Free entry to Queen’s University students and staff, and members of ISTJA and ABSW.

Location: Basement Seminar Room, The Wellcome Wolfson Institute of Experimental Medicine, Queen's University, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast. Please fill in this form to register for the event.


Date and time: 19 October 2017, 12:30-17:30 

Although science writing is in our name, the ABSW also represents tech and engineering journalists and writers. We’d like to address this portion of our membership more actively by tweaking some of our existing activities and/or creating new ones. This meeting is intended to identify what the differences are in the interests of the existing tech/engineering membership (and the many potential members out there), use them to form some specific proposals, and prioritise these for the main ABSW Board. 

This event is open to all not just ABSW members.

6-8pm, Tuesday 5 September, UCL Main Campus

If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail Dr Sunny Bains This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will be chairing this meeting.

An ABSW Event: Exclusives and how to get them

Who doesn't want to land the big scoops? Those stories that really matter, the stories that people in power don't want told and your competitors will give their back teeth to get ahead of you. But how do you find and report out a big exclusive? Come along to ABSW's next evening event and learn from some of the best how they found and developed big stories that made an impact.

We have two seasoned reporters,  one winner and one finalist for the best investigative journalism award at the ABSW Science Writers Awards for Britain and Ireland 2017, ready to talk to you about how they found their exclusives and what made them so valuable to report. This panel discussion will be followed with an open Q&A session and a trip to the pub after. 

Registration is now closed for the ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2017

Wednesday 5 July 2017
Summer School: 09:00-17:45 
Evening careers/networking event open to all delegates 17:45-20:30
Venue: The Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE 


Delegate fees:

ABSW Student Member: £15 inc VAT
ABSW Member (all other categories): £30 inc VAT
All others: £100 inc VAT

Your delegate fees include all materials, lunch/tea/coffee and drinks and canapes at the evening event.

Register and Pay Now (Registration now closed)

If you wish to join the ABSW and pay the reduced ABSW delegate rate there is a special offer of 50% off ABSW membership rates for those attending the Summer School.

Among engineers, it is conventional wisdom that engineering is badly served by broadcasters and the press: especially when its coverage is compared to that of science and medicine. This, it is said, contributes to the shortage of young engineering talent coming through the UK system. At this panel discussion, organised by UCL and the Association of British Science Writers, we will focus on how the media works, why engineering ends up being neglected (if that’s true), and how engineers can help to ensure their subject is communicated better. Among the issues we expect to discuss are: novelty (if the proof-of-concept was written up, is the engineering prototype old news?); secrecy (is it a story if the 'what' is revealed but not the 'how'?); jargon (the significance of the work is hidden by technical language); competition (engineers won’t give quotes praising the work of those from other companies); and PR (journalists suspicious of stories from press releases).

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