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The ABSW has updated its mission and vision, following a strategic review and a large survey of its members. This update aims to clarify who we are for and what we stand for and do. It follows an extensive consultation with members over the past year. 

Our updated mission and vision can now be found in our 'About' section accessible to all from our main menu.  This section also includes a copy of our Memorandum, Articles and Standing Orders, and details of our democratic and decision making processes.

The winners of the 2018 Association of British Science Writers’ (ABSW) Awards for Great Britain and Ireland were announced at an Awards Ceremony tonight (Wednesday 16 May) at the Royal Society in London.  

A record breaking 300 entries were considered by an independent panel of science journalists and science communicators who 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 evening was hosted by David Shukman, Science Editor, BBC News.  Emma Kohring, Comms leader London Innovation Center, EMEA and Frederik Wittock, Comms leader science activation, EMEA, presented the Awards on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the Awards sponsors.

At the UKCSJ18 on Tuesday (16 October), the ABSW and EurekAlert! announced a new five year partnership.

EurekAlert! the online, global news service operated by American Association for the Advancement of Science, is to be the ABSW's 'lead professional development partner' for five years starting from January 2019.  This support will help fund some of the ABSW's professional development events such as the high profile UK Conference of Science Journalists and Science Journalism Summer School.

On the partnership Mico Tatalovic, Chair of the ABSW said: "this is a helpful partnership that will allow the ABSW to plan for its professional development events on a sound financial footing".   Brian Lin, Director, Editorial Content Strategy, EurekAlert! said: "EurekAlert! is delighted to support the ABSW in delivering high-quality and thought-provoking professional development training for science journalists".

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The shortlist for British Science Writer of the Year & British entrant to European Science Writer of the Year has been announced:

Hal Hodson, technology correspondent at The Economist

Richard Hollingham, Boffin Media

Akshat Rathi, reporter at Quartz

Inga Vesper, freelance reporter

The winner will be announced at the ABSW Award's Ceremony next week (Wednesday May 16, 2018) in London.

Left to Right: Yves Sciama, organizer ECSJ2018; Seema Kumar, J&J Innovation; Nathaniel Herzberg, finalist; Eva Wolfangel, winner; Martin Enserink, finalist; Vera Novai, Lea Udovč and
Julianna Photopoulos, nominees - European Science Writer of the Year 2018

Eva Wolfangel, a freelance science journalist from Germany was announced as European Science Writer of the Year 2018 at an evening reception at the European Conference of Science Journalists 2018 on Sunday (8 July 2018).

For writers keen to get a feature published in New Scientist, the ABSW evening with Josh Howgego, one of the publication’s features editors, was a great place to start.

The evening, held in a London pub, on Monday 4 June, was free to members. Josh provided all sorts of glimpses into how those features editors’ minds work – the mantras they follow; the essentials they are looking for in a pitch; how they view the New Scientist reader. He also talked the group through the writing of a feature, from coverlines to endings. And he ran through a list of feature types – all useful for working out where your fantastic idea might slot into the magazine.

After a round of drinks there was plenty of time for questions and bouncing ideas around. Thanks, Josh, for taking the time.

Read the event details

Thanks to Aisling Irwin, Secretary of the ABSW Board, for representing the ABSW Board on the night and for providing this review and picture.

The ABSW Board has published the details of three separate reviews to determine the way forward for the association. We would like you to look at them and tell the Board what you think about these reviews. You can provide feedback to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or via the ABSW email discussion list or Facebook Group

The judges have now met and decided on the European Science Writer of the Year 2018 finalists:

Martin Enserink, International News Editor, Science (The Netherlands), nominated by Vereniging voor Wetenschapsjournalistiek en-communicatie Nederland (VWN) - read Martin's submitted work translated to English

Nathaniel Herzberg, Science journalist, Le Monde (France), nominated by Association des journalistes scientifiques de la presse d'information (AJSPI) - read Nathaniel's submitted work translated to English

Eva Wolfangel, Freelance (Germany), nominated by German Science Journalists’ Association (WPK) - read Eva's submitted work translated to English

The winner will be announced at the 5th European Conference of Science Journalists on Sunday 8 July in Toulouse, France.   

The European Science Writer of the Year Award, now in its fourth year, is co-ordinated by the ABSW and supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Individuals are nominated for the Award by representative organisations for journalism or science journalism,  throughout Europe. 

Mico Tatalovic, Chair of the ABSW Executive Board said: "This competition has been growing each year, and we’ve had a record number of entries this year. It’s fantastic to see so many excellent science journalists producing an amazing variety of high quality content around the continent. I’m looking forward to meeting the winners at the ECSJ in Toulouse in July.

Sabine Louët, Founder and one of the judges said: "The level of entries was particularly high, this year. It is good to see science journalism is gaining some firm ground in terms of quality, right across Europe. We need to continue engaging with the science journalists community in Europe to share good practice and facilitate cross-border reporting."

The full list of nominations for the award is as follows:

The judging panel has met and decided the shortlists for the Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2018 supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation.  Mico Tatalovic, Chair of the Judging Panel, and the ABSW said: “This year was a record breaking year for the Awards with 300 entries, competition was tough in many categories showing that science journalism is still thriving within the UK and Ireland”.

The winners of all categories will be announced at the ABSW Science Writers Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 18 May, at the Royal Society, London.

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