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ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2013, sponsored by Janssen Research and Development, Winners/Runners up

Judges award for news

Joint winners

Geoff Brumfiel. Fukushima’s doses tallied. Nature. 23/5/12

and

Ian Sample. Higgs boson: it's unofficial! Cern scientists discover missing particle. Guardian. 4/7/12

Runners up

Declan Butler.Flu surveillance lacking. Nature. 28/3/12

Nick Collins.Carpark skeleton will be confirmed as Richard III. Telegraph. 15/12/12

Best feature

Winner

Kerri Smith. The ground breaker. Nature. 6/9/12

Runners up

Catherine de Lange. My two minds. New Scientist. 5/5/12

Leigh Phillips. Armed Resistance. Nature. 30/8/12

Best scripted/edited television programme or online video

Winner

Panorama: The mind reader, unlocking my voice. BBC 1. 13/11/12

Team entry:Eleanor Plowden (assistant producer), Alison Priestley (producer), Frank Simmonds (deputy editor, Panorama), Fergus Walsh (reporter)

Runners up

The Enemy within: 50 years of fighting cancer. Available on Vimeo. 4/12/12

Team entry: Vivienne Parry (writer and presenter), Richard Critchlow (Dependable Productions, producer), Kat Arney (research)

Voyager: To the final frontier. A BBC Scotland production for BBC 4. 24/10/13

Team entry: Mark Hedgecoe (executive producer), Yvonne Innes (production co-ordinator), Chris Riley (producer/director), Gary Scott (editor)

The Royal Society Radio Prize - A prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast

Winner

Digital Human. A BBC Scotland production for BBC Radio 4. 30/4/12

Team entry:Kate Bissell (producer), Dr Aleks Krotoski (presenter), Victoria McArthur (producer), Peter McManus (producer)

Runners up

Dear Professor Hawking. A Sweet Talk Productions Programme for BBC Radio 4. 2/1/12

Team entry: Julian Mayers (producer), Peter Nichols (director), Nick Romero (sound designer)

Transit of Venus: Frontiers. BBC Radio 4. 30/5/12

Individual entry: Marek Kukula

Best investigative journalism

Winner

Anil Ananthaswamy. Do no harm. www.readmatter.com. 14/11/12

NB:  Due to the standard of entries in 2013 the judges decided not to produce a shortlist but just to award a winner there are therefore no runners up

Richard Gregory award for best newcomer

Winner

Adam Smith

Runners up

Will Douglas Heaven

Penny Sarchet

The NUJ Stephen White award for best communication of science in a non science context

Winner

Frank Close. Sun Block. Prospect Magazine.13/12/12

Runners Up

GM’s New Generation: A Countryfile Investigation. BBC 1 TV.  15/7/13

Team entry: Dom Carveley (director), Matthew Gull (producer), Tom Heap (presenter), Helen Shields (researcher)

Michelle Martin. Earworms. BBC Radio 4. 22/10/12

Lifetime achievement in science journalism

Winner

Dick Ahlstrom, Science Editor, The Irish Times

 

The Science and Technology Studies department at UCL is delighted to announce a new Lectureship in Science Communication. The field of specialisation within science communication is open, but we have a strong preference for the convergence of two types of expertise. First, (1) science communication and public engagement in the sphere of science writing, and (2) science and technology studies as they relate to the natural sciences, as practiced at UCL. Expertise in communication theory, and journalism more generally, are additional essential elements for this post.

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/vacancies for further information, including how to apply.

Deadline: 23rd April 2013

Contact: Simon Lock

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Student science publications, student science blogs, and science blogs will all get their own category starting from next year's ABSW annual awards, Connie St Louis, the president of the ABSW announced today:

'Thanks to the support of the Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing Ltd. we will be introducing the IOP Student Science Publication Award. The Award will recognise and reward student editorial teams who produce a regular popular science publication ie: newspaper or magazine, either in print or online.   There are now many such publications being produced by students in Britain and Ireland and it is really important that the ABSW recognises and supports these initiatives as they provide a great training ground for the science journalists of tomorrow.  I am also delighted to announce the introduction of a student blog award, which has been made possible through the support of Simon Singh and Good Thinking Foundation.   Recognition of student bloggers is another really positive way for the ABSW to encourage the next generation of science writers.   We are not forgetting the more established bloggers and to match the student award the ABSW will also introduce a science blog award that will recognise the key role that science blogs now play in bringing science to a broad audience.    These awards will build upon the first ever UK Science Blog Prizes made in 2012 by Good Thinking Foundation.'

The ABSW wants to encourage student members, as well as recognize the importance of science blogs with the launch of the first science blogs prize in Britain, St Louis said at the awards ceremony in London tonight (20 June).

More details to follow shortly.

 

 

The judges for the 2013 ABSW Science Writers' Awards supported by Janssen Research and Development are:

Connie St Louis (Chair)

President, ABSW, Broadcast Journalist and Director, Science Journalism MA, City University

Ehsan Masood

Editor, Research Fortnight and Research Europe

Sue Nelson

Freelance Journalist and Broadcaster

Leo Enright

Broadcaster, Journalist, Science Communicator

Caroline van den Brul

Former change leader, award winning BBC television producer and Guardian research fellow from Nuffield College, Oxford

Jane Aldous

Executive Producer, Freelance

Bill Hartnett

Head of Media Relations, The Royal Society

David Dickson

Founding Director, SciDev.net

Deborah Cohen

Investigations Editor, BMJ

Mark Peplow

Freelance Science Journalist

Ananyo Bhattacharya

Chief Online Editor, Nature

Roger Highfield

Director of External Affairs, Science Museum Group

Closing date for the Awards is Sunday 24th March at midnight.  Shortlists will be announced in early June with the winners being announced at a Ceremony on Thursday 20th June at the Royal Society, London.

 

Association of British Science Writers - Shortlist Announced for 2013 Journalism Awards

The judging panel has met and decided the shortlists for the Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2013.   Connie St Louis, President of the ABSW and Programme Director, MA Science Journalism, City University, London said: ‘This year there was an extremely strong field of entries in most categories, most notably in features.  This was hard work for the panel of judges, but a clear indication that British and Irish science writers continue to produce outstanding work.’  

However, there were exceptions, within the news category there was a disappointingly low number of entries and the judges felt that many of those entering had not entered their best work from 2012.   The judges felt the work entered did not truly reflect the excellence in science news journalism in the UK and decided that they would make a ‘judges award for news’ in 2013.  The judges therefore nominated the work they felt was outstanding from 2012 and these nominations were considered alongside those entered.  Commenting on this decision Connie St Louis said: ‘I will be talking to science news journalists to see how best to move forward with this category to make it easier for journalists to enter their very best work, so that our news award truly reflects the work of the UK’s talented and experienced science news journalists’.  

The investigative journalism category was again a disappointingly low number of entries and as was the case in 2012 the judges decided one entry stood head and shoulders above the rest, with the other entries not meeting their basic criteria for an investigation.  There is therefore no shortlist for this category, just one winner (see below).  Explaining this decision Connie St Louis said. ‘We are well on the way to developing an ABSW investigative science journalism fellowship to support investigative journalism in science and hope to make this open to candidates in the very near future.’  

The winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony on Thursday 20th June in London.

ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2013 Shortlist

Judges award for news

Declan Butler. Flu surveillance lacking. Nature. 28/3/12

Geoff Brumfiel. Fukushima’s doses tallied. Nature. 23/5/12

Nick Collins. Carpark skeleton will be confirmed as Richard III. Telegraph. 15/12/12

Ian Sample. Higgs boson: it's unofficial! Cern scientists discover missing particle. Guardian. 4/7/12

Best feature

Catherine de Lange. My two minds. New Scientist. 5/5/12

Leigh Phillips. Armed Resistance. Nature. 30/8/12

Kerri Smith. The ground breaker. Nature. 6/9/12

Best scripted/edited television programme or online video

Panorama: The mind reader, unlocking my voice. BBC 1. 13/11/12

Team entry:Eleanor Plowden (assistant producer), Alison Priestley (producer), Frank Simmonds (deputy editor, Panorama), Fergus Walsh (reporter)

The Enemy within: 50 years of fighting cancer. Cancer Research UK/Vimeo. 4/12/12

Team entry:Vivienne Parry (writer and presenter), Richard Critchlow (producer), Kat Arney (research)

Voyager: To the final frontier. BBC 4. 24/10/13

Team entry:Mark Hedgecoe (executive producer), Yvonne Innes (production co-ordinator), Chris Riley (producer/director), Gary Scott (editor)

The Royal Society Radio Prize - A prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast

Dear Professor Hawking. BBC Radio 4. 2/1/12

Team entry:Julian Mayers (producer), Peter Nichols (director), Nick Romero (sound designer)

Digital Human. BBC Radio 4. 30/4/12

Team entry:Kate Bissell (producer), Dr Aleks Krotoski (presenter), Victoria McArthur (producer), Peter McManus (producer)

Transit of Venus: Frontiers. BBC Radio 4. 30/5/12

Individual entry: Marek Kukula

Best investigative journalism

Winner:

Anil Ananthaswamy. Do no harm. www.readmatter.com. 14/11/12

NB:  Due to the standard of entries in 2013 the judges decided not to produce a shortlist but just to award a winner

Richard Gregory Award for Best newcomer

Will Douglas Heaven

Penny Sarchet

Adam Smith

The NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication of science in a non science context

Frank Close. Sun Block. Prospect Magazine.13/12/12

GM’s New Generation: A Countryfile Investigation. BBC 1 TV.  15/7/13

Team entry:Dom Carveley (director), Matthew Gull (producer), Tom Heap (presenter), Helen Shields (researcher)

Michelle Martin. Earworms. BBC Radio 4. 22/10/12

Life Time Achievement Award

NB: There is no short list for the Award as ABSW members nominate and the ABSW Board decide upon the winner.  The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

The ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2013 attracted nearly 120 entries.  An independent panel of science journalists and science communicators chaired by the President of the ABSW Connie St Louis, 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. The awards are sponsored by Janssen Research and Development. 

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).

Full details of the rules and regulations for the awards and a full list of judges can be found at http://www.absw.org.uk/jobs-awards/awards

Copies of the shortlisted articles/broadcasts will be posted here shortly

 

The first issue of a new postgraduate publication 'The Looking Glass' was published by the Institute of Psychiatry in January this year.   Described as 'a new postgraduate publication developed by students at the Institute of Psychiatry to inform, entertain and engage with those who have an interest in mental health education', the first issue contains an article on science writing as a career, to which members of the ABSW contributed.

The online version of the magazine can be found here:

http://issuu.com/thelookingglass/docs/thelookingglassiss1

 

 

 

Thanks to James Randerson the ABSW has obtained a 10% discount for its members for the Guardian's Introduction to science journalism masterclass on June 23rd.

All members should receive an email providing the discount code.   If you do not receive the mail and wish to book using the code please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Full course information can be viewed here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardian-masterclasses/introduction-to-science-journalism-june
 

Institute of Physics press release PR14(13)

Thursday 28 February 2013

Winner of inaugural Physics Journalism Prize announced

Anil Ananthaswamy has won the inaugural Physics Journalism Prize – a prize designed to inspire the next generation of physicists by encouraging journalists to grapple with often complex topics and help spread excitement about the subject.

Anil has won the prize for his article Hip Hip Array, which focuses on the Square Kilometre Array, an international project to design and build the largest radio telescope ever conceived.

The prize is sponsored by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).  

Anil, a consultant at New Scientist Magazine and author of The Edge of Physics, will be congratulated today, Thursday 28 February 2013, at an IOP reception this evening in Central London, which follows this year’s Newton Lecture by the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees of Ludlow, entitled From Mars to the Multiverse. 

Professor Sir Peter Knight, President of IOP, said, “Anil Ananthaswamy is being awarded the prize for writing a feature which brings one of the world’s most exciting astronomical endeavours to life – the Square Kilometre Array. 

“I’m delighted that we’re able to honour his writing on this occasion, shortly after we hear from one of the UK’s leading astronomical luminaries.”

The Physics Journalism Award offers the prize of an expenses paid trip to Japan, to visit world-leading facilities carrying out research at the frontiers of physics. 

On winning, Anil commented, "Writing about physics, especially about the work being done in remote, difficult and sometimes hostile environments, is a special pleasure. Winning an award for doing what I love to do is just icing on the cake. I truly appreciate the recognition."

With Anil the overall winner, judges were impressed by the range of entries made to the Award.

Zeeya Merali, a freelance science journalist based in Canterbury, has been given a special mention and a £250 prize for her Discover article, Gravity Off the Grid; an article about Julian Barbour, a British physicist who has spent his life arguing against Einstein’s view of gravity, space and time.

The judges – who were the Association of British Science Writers’ (ABSW) Martin Ince, the Wellcome Trust’s Mark Henderson, STEMNET’s Kirsten Bodley and the Science Media Centre’s Ed Sykes - commended both of the journalists for style, their ability to inspire and for bringing the physics that they write about to life.

ABSW director Martin Ince said, “The judges awarded the first prize and the commendation to two very different, but equally compelling, pieces of writing about physics.  Both will have inspired and intrigued readers in the UK and around the world.  The entries we received show that British science journalists can take on some of the most complex subjects in the universe and bring them to a wide audience.”

Mark Henderson, Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust and former Science Editor at The Times, said, "This was a strong field, but the winning and commended entries stood out both for style and substance. Zeeya Merali crafts great metaphors that help to make complicated science comprehensible for non-specialist audiences, while Anil Ananthaswamy has an eye for illustrative detail of which the best travel writers would be proud.”

Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of STEMNET, said, “The winning article on the competition for the Square Kilometre Array will be particularly inspirational to young people, offering them an opportunity to see how fascinating contemporary physics research can be.  This is close to STEMNET’s heart – it’s important to make science accessible and interesting for young people, to inspire the next generation of great British scientists and engineers.”

Commenting on the winner’s choice of topic, Terry O’Connor, Head of Communications at STFC, added, “The Square Kilometre Array will be one of the world’s largest and most complex science experiments, requiring physics input across the disciplines and at every stage of its design, construction and operation. It will open new avenues of research, and delve further back into the formation of the universe.  

“With the SKA Project Office located in the UK at Jodrell Bank, and UK researchers and government heavily involved at every stage, we’re delighted that the winning article highlighted this fascinating and ambitious project.”  

Anil’s article can be read on newscientist.com, free of charge but after a short registration, at http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328576.800-outback-to-outer-space-the-worlds-largest-telescope.html

Zeeya’s article can be read on discovermagazine.com, free of charge athttp://discovermagazine.com/2012/mar/09-is-einsteins-greatest-work-wrong-didnt-go-far 

Notes to Editors

1.  ContactFor further information, please contact IOP’s Head of Media, Joe WintersTel: 020 7470 4815Mob: 07946 321473E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

2. IOP-STFC Physics Journalism AwardTo revisit the Terms and Conditions of the Award, please go to http://www.stfc.ac.uk/News%20and%20Events/39891.aspx 

3. The Institute of PhysicsThe Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society. We are a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 45,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application.

We engage with policymakers and the general public to develop awareness and understanding of the value of physics and, through IOP Publishing, we are world leaders in professional scientific communications. Visit us at www.iop.org

4. The Science and Technology Facilities CouncilThe Science and Technology Facilities Council is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security.

The Council has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.STFC operates or hosts world class experimental facilities including:

•           in the UK; ISIS pulsed neutron source, the Central Laser Facility, and LOFAR. STFC is also the majority shareholder in Diamond Light Source Ltd

•           overseas; telescopes on La Palma and Hawaii 

It enables UK researchers to access leading international science facilities by funding membership of international bodies including European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). 

STFC is one of seven publicly-funded research councils. It is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).Follow us on Twitter @STFC_Matterswww.stfc.ac.uk 

5. Association of British Science WritersFounded in 1947, the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) is the professional organisation for science writers in the UK. Its 800 members write everything from news stories to books and TV programmes. It runs the UK’s science journalism awards, holds the UK Conference of Science Journalists, and helps entrants to the profession to expand their skills. It is a leading member of the World Federation of Science Journalists and is involved in promoting science journalism in the developing world. More at http://www.absw.org.uk/.  

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Oslo, 20 March 2013
 
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2013 to Pierre Deligne, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. He receives the Abel Prize “for seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory,
representation theory, and related fields”, to quote the Abel committee. The Academy’s President, Kirsti Strøm Bull, made the announcement on 20 March. Deligne will receive the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald at an award ceremony in Oslo on the 21st of May.

Pierre Deligne was born in 1944 in Brussels, Belgium. He is Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA. Deligne came to Princeton in 1984 from Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) at Bures-sur-Yvette near Paris, France, where he was appointed its youngest ever permanent member in 1970.
 
The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences. It carries a cash award of NOK 6,000,000 (about EUR 800,000 or USD 1 million).
 
The Abel Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The choice of the Abel Laureate is based on the recommendation of the Abel Committee, which consists of five internationally recognized mathematicians. The Abel Prize was awarded for the first time in 2003. The Abel Prize and
associated events are funded by the Norwegian Government.
 
For more information about the laureate, his achievements and the Abel Prize, visit the Abel Prize website www.abelprisen.no/en/
 
PRACTICAL INFORMATION:
Pierre Deligne will be at IHÉS in Paris on the day of the announcement. Press contact at IHÉS:
Hélène Wilkinson
+33 1 60 92 66 72
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Press contact at Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton:
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Institute for Advanced Study
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Best regards
Anne-Marie Astad
Information Adviser
Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters/Abel Prize
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Dear potential ESOF 2014 contributor,

It is our great pleasure to announce that the call for proposals for the Euroscience Open Forum 2014 scientific programme is open as of today January 15, 2013. Please, learn more about the call for proposals. 

The 2014 edition of ESOF will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 21-26, 2014 and is organised in collaboration between the Danish Ministry for Science, Innovation and Higher Education and the founder of ESOF, Euroscience. 

The scientific programme of ESOF 2014 is highly prestigious and we expect numerous proposals. The call will close May 9, 2013, and we encourage you to put together an excellent proposal respecting the selection criteria.

ESOF 2014 Copenhagen also comprises the ambitious Science in the City programme that is organized in order to facilitate public dialogue, interaction and mutual responsiveness between scientific communities and society at large. If you want to take part in this dialogue and contribute with activities you can read more in the call for expression of interest.

Yours sincerely,

 

Prof. Klaus Bock                           

Champion ESOF 2014
 

Prof. Gunnar Öquist,

Chair of the Programme Committee
 

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