ABSW Awards shortlists and winner European Science Writer of the Year
Shortlist Announced ABSW Science Writers' Awards for Great Britain and Ireland 2016
Winner announced European Science Writer of the Year 2016
The judging panel has met and decided the shortlists for the Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2016, and the winner of the European Science Writer of the Year Award 2016. Martin Ince, Chair of the Judging Panel and President of the ABSW said: “Our awards go from strength to strength and this year we had the largest number of entries to date. The European Science Writer of the Year, now in its second year, has revealed a wealth of talent across Europe and has strengthened links between the ABSW and our European colleagues.”
The winners of all categories will be announced at the ABSW Science Writers Awards Ceremony on 23rd July at Jodrell Bank, following the 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists. The European Award and all other ABSW Awards are supported by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
European Science Writer of the Year 2016
Winner: Spanish Science Writer of the Year, Michele Catanzaro, a freelance science journalist nominated by Asociacion Española de Comunicacion Cientifica, AECC (Spanish Association of Scientific Communication) & Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica - ACCC (Catalan Association for Science Communication, Spain)
Highly Commended: French Science Writer of the Year, Stéphane Foucart, a Journalist for the daily French newspaper Le Monde nominated by Association des journalistes scientifiques de la presse d'information
Other Country nominees (each nominee becomes science writer of the year in their nominating country)
Austrian Science Writer of the Year – Elisabeth Schneyder, freelance, nominated by the Austrian Association of Education and Science Journalists
Danish Science Writer of the Year – Jens Ramskov, Journalist at Ingeniøren, nominated by the Danish Science Journalists Association
Dutch Science Writer of the Year – Aliette Jonkers, freelance, nominated by VWN, the Dutch national association for science journalism and communication
Estonian Science Writer of the Year – Arko Olesk, freelance, nominated by the Estonian Association of Science Journalists
Greek Science Writer of the Year – Spiros Kitsinelis, science communicator, nominated by Science View (Greece)
Irish Science Writer of the Year – Claire O’Connell, freelance, nominated by the Irish Science & Technology Journalists' Association (ISTJA)
Serbian Science Writer of the Year – Slobodan Bubnjevic, Editor-in-chief, ELEMENTI, nominated by Mreza Naucnih Novinara, Serbia (The Science Journalist Network)
UK Science Writer of the Year – Steve Connor, freelance (former science editor the Independent), nominated by the Association of British Science Writers
ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2016 – shortlists in all categories (links to shortlisted pieces are provided where available)
Erika Check Hayden, Ebola's lasting legacy, published in Nature, 05/03/2015
Suzanne Goldenberg, The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world, published in The Guardian, 20/05/2015
Natasha Loder, The age of the red pen: It is now easy to edit the genomes of plants, animals and humans, published in the Economist, 22/08/2015
Best news item
Daniel Clery, Dark horse scores a fusion coup, published in Science magazine, 28/08/2015
Steve Connor, Britain to Genetically Modify Human Embryos, the Independent, 18/09/2015
Michael Le Page, Earth now halfway to warming limit, published in New Scientist, 01/08/2015
Best scripted/edited television programme or online video
Team entry: Producer/Director: Tim Usborne. Executive Producer: Jane Aldous. Executive Producer: Mark Tattersall. Assistant Producer: James Sandy. Britain's Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield. First broadcast BBC Four 10/08/2015
Team entry: BBC Science Series Editor: Steve Crabtree. Series Producer: Paul King. Producer and Director: Peter Leonard. Researcher: Claudia Woolston. Horizon - OCD: A monster in my mind. First broadcast BBC Two 26/08/2015
Team entry: Director: Thom Hoffman. Producer: Lizzie Crouch. Animator: Patrick Koduah. Animator: Victor Opeyokun. Malaria: How can changing the built environment reduce cases? First broadcast Health Check on BBC World News TV 11/05/2015
The Royal Society Radio Prize (NB: A prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast, supported by The Royal Society):
Kerri Smith. Music and the making of science. Nature Podcast. First broadcast 12/03/2015
Team: Writer and presenter: James Piercy. Producer: Toby Murcott. My Head. Pier Production for BBC Radio 4 and World Service. First broadcast 06/05/2015
Team: Research, Production & Script Writing: Max Sanderson. Production, Script Writing, and Sound Design: Hana Walker-Brown. Research, Script Writing, and Presenting: Dr Michael Brooks. Presenting: Rick Edwards. Science(ish). A podcast produced in-house for the online and app-based platform Radio Wolfgang. First broadcast 03/12/2015
Best investigative journalism
Damian Carrington. Revealed: the flood defences missing after government cuts, published in the Guardian 08/12/2015
Team entry: Maria Cheng & Raphael Satter. Botching Ebola, published by Associated Press, 20/03/2015
Faye Kirkland. Vitamin and mineral infusions, first broadcast on BBC 5 Live 04/01/2015
The NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication and reporting of science in a non science context. This Award is made in memory of Stephen White a highly influential science communicator who sadly died in 2010. The Award is possible due to a donation from Stephen’s widow Elizabeth.
Jennie Agg. Inside the metabolism room published in the Good Health section, Daily Mail 29/12/2015
Philip Ball. The God quest: why humans long for immortality, published in New Statesman 30/07/2015
Max Glaskin. What's Stopping You? Published in Bikes Etc magazine 02/11/2015
Alex O'Brien, Freelance
Faye Kirkland, Freelance
Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Retraction Watch, formerly freelance
Best student science blog
James Iremonger, Heriot-Watt University. Labyrinthula: navigating the maze. James Iremonger’s blog 16/08/2015
Sophie McManus, University of Cambridge. Women in Science - A Call to Arms. Biodetectives 09/03/2015
Thomas Webb, University of Paul Sabatier & University of Reading. What is the biggest air pollution event in the modern era? EGU blogging platform 24/06/2015
Dr Katharine Giles Science blog award. In memory of Dr Katharine Giles, NERC Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Polar Observation and Measurement (CPOM) at UCL.
Philip Ball, Prospect blog, Prospect
Alex Bellos, Alex Bellos's Adventures in Numberland, The Guardian
Barbara Kiser, A View from the Bridge: Nature's Books and Arts blog, Nature
The IOP student science publication award supported by IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics
Explorathon 2015, University of Aberdeen
TheGIST- The Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology, University of Glasgow/University of Strathclyde
The Young Scientists Journal, Herts and Essex High School
Lifetime Achievement Award 2016
There is no shortlist for this category and the award winner will be announced at the ceremony
The ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2016 attracted nearly 250 entries. An independent panel of science journalists and science communicators 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.
Award winners will receive a certificate and a small cash prize and enter the ABSW hall of fame that includes previous Award winners Sir David Attenborough, Sir John Maddox (Nature), and Judith Hann (BBC Tomorrow’s World).
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3rd European Conference of Science Journalists
The 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ) will be held as a satellite event at EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). The Conference jointly organized by the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and the European Union of Science Journalist Associations (EUSJA), replaces the ABSW’s biennial UK Conference of Science Journalists, extending its reach to journalists throughout Europe.
For further information: http://www.absw.org.uk/news-and-events/events/3rd-european-conference-of-science-journalists