Summer School

Many thanks to all those who took part in the Summer School 2019, why not search #abswss19 on twitter or posts from our account @absw, to find out what happened?  If further downloads become available (eg: speaker presentations) they will be posted on our Summer School downloads page.

Monday 8 July 2019, UCL, London

  • Considering a career in science journalism?
  • Taken a career break and want to get back into the field?
  • Thinking of moving to the science or tech beat?

Gain new skills and insights and get the chance to network with key editors and journalists at the Association of British Science Writers Science & Technology Journalism Summer School.

The summer school is an official satellite event of the WCSJ2019 and for those registered to attend the WCSJ the summer school is free to attend (proof of WCSJ registration required on registration for the summer school by upload of your registration receipt) you will also then receive a 100 Swiss francs refund (50 for students) on the registration fee paid for the WCSJ19 after the WCSJ has taken place by providing evidence of attendance at the summer school which ABSW will provide on request. 

Registration Costs:

ABSW members/UCL staff and students/WFSJ members: £45 inc VAT

ABSW members may attend the evening reception and key note speech without attending the Summer School - just select evening event only on the registration form - this event is FREE to ABSW members

Registered for WCSJ - FREE (proof of registration required by upload of your registration receipt through summer school registration form)

You can join the ABSW to enjoy all our member benefits and the registration fee of £45 - our registration form allows you to pay for reduced registration and membership in one payment, however you will still need to complete our membership form once you have made the payment.

Registration now closed as event has taken place.




Tech Stream

Essential Skills Stream




How to break into science and tech media job market - and how to make it a success once you're in 


Eleni Courea, reporter at  The Times

Aamna Mohdin, news reporter at The Guardian

Timothy Revell, assistant news editor, New Scientist

Matthew Warren, reporter at Nature

Moderator: Mico Tatalovic, chair of the ABSW Executive Board and freelance science journalist


Coffee and tea networking break



Reporting on emerging technologies: The next big thing or vaporware?

Sunny Bains, ABSW Executive Board member and UCL


Writing Features: The elements of narrative journalism

Richard Fisher, managing editor, features (RoW)


Lunch break



Investigating companies

Bill Goodwin, investigations editor, Computer Weekly


Incorporating visuals into your story

Charlotte Stoddart, filmmaker and science journalist


Coffee and tea networking break



The law around company investigations: NDAs, libel, trade secrets, whistlblowing, protecting sources


Cathy James, Senior Legal Consultant and former Chief Executive of Protect

Louis Charalambous, partner at Simons Muirhead & Burton and head of the Media Content and Disputes team

Stephanie Kleyman, Director of Kleyman & Co Solicitors 

Moderator: Sunny Bains, ABSW Executive Board member and UCL


Reading a research paper: Why the full story probably isn’t in the press release, and how to find out what really is

Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics, The Open University



Pitching to technology, engineering and trade publications


Nitin Dahad, EE Times

Katia Moskvitch, business and space editor, Wired UK, British Science Journalist of the Year 2019

Dickon Ross, editor-in-chief, Engineering & Technology

Clare McDonald, Business Editor, Computer Weekly

Bill Goodwin, Investigations Editor, Computer Weekly

Moderator: Aisling Irwin, secretary of the ABSW Executive Board and freelance science journalist


Building a satisfying portfolio career   


Dr Kat Arney, award-winning writer and broadcaster, founder and director of First Create The Media - a multimedia storytelling consultancy for people who do science

Chris Edwards, freelance technology Journalist

Andy Extance, freelance journalist and treasurer ABSW Executive Board

Dr Helen Pilcher, science writer, performer and author of 'Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction'

Moderator: Wendy Grossman, ABSW Executive Board and freelance



Meet the Editors (individual short appointments with editors) or networking 


Reception - open to all ABSW members not just Summer School delegates


Keynote speech followed by Q&A 

Professor Mark Miodownik, professor of materials & society, UCL: We need to talk about stuff

Open to all ABSW members not just Summer School delegates


Workshops and panels: details and speakers

Programme at a glance with room details


The ABSW, UCL and EurekAlert! - supporting and developing the next generation of science journalists. 

Find out more about our previous Science Journalism Summer Schools held in 2017 and 2015.

With thanks to our supporters:

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