Winners announced for the UK and Ireland's top science journalism awards
At a ceremony held at the Science Museum’s new Illuminate event space last night (Tuesday 28 May), the winners of this year’s Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland were announced.
Gaia Vince, freelance science and environment journalist, and an award-winning broadcaster and author hosted the event. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sir Philip Campbell Editor-in Chief of the publishing company Springer Nature and former Editor-in-Chief of Nature. Pallab Ghosh, Science Correspondent BBC News, reflected on Sir Philip’s outstanding and influential career before announcing he had won the award.
ABSW 2019 awards in numbers
13,200 GBP in prizes
ABSW board member wins a prestigious Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT
The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT seeks to nurture and enhance the ability of journalists from around the world to accurately illuminate the complex intersection of science, technology and human culture.
Two previous ABSW award winners have also won this year's fellowship: Anil Ananthaswamy, who won the Best Investigative Journalism award in 2013; and Eva Wolfangel, winner of the 2018 European Science Writer of the Year award.
Richard is a science journalist and editor who leads the BBC.com digital features teams (RoW) for BBC Global News Ltd in London. That includes the sites Future, Culture and Reel, as well as the social and homepage editors in the UK.
He is also the Editor of BBC Future, the science, technology and health website on BBC.com. Before that he was an editor at New Scientist, working in both the news and features departments.
His current interests include the long-term view of humanity and our impact on future generations. Richard is an ABSW member who was also elected to ABSW governing board this year.
Two other current board members, Ehsan Masood and Mico Tatalovic, were KSJ at MIT fellows in 2017-2018.
Finalists announced for the UK and Ireland’s top science journalism awards
After consideration of two hundred and seventy entries, the judges have decided on the finalists in this year’s Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 28 May 2019 in the Science Museum’s new Illuminate event space. The Awards are supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation along with category support from the Royal Society, the Dr Katharine Giles Fund and NUJ/Stephen White Bequest.
Mico Tatalovic, chair of the judging panel and of the ABSW said: "We have had a near-record number of entries this year, and the standard has been excellent, as usual, which made judging them difficult but also enjoyable. It was great to see some new names – of both journalists and publications – on the shortlist, and several entries that were published in non-science publications. It’s been a privilege to be a part of these awards and see them go from strength to strength over the last few years. We hope to make them even bigger and better next year!”
Promote your book at the British Science Festival/Regional Meet Up
We are planning to run a regional meetup at the British Science Festival in Coventry on Friday September 13 as part of a festival takeover of the local arts quarter, Fargo Village. We will most likely run the meetup for members and other science writers at the festival in a bar in this area. However, the festival has offered to provide an author from the ABSW a slot at an evening of 'lightning talks' by science authors held at a local independent bookshop.
Meet your new ABSW Executive Board
Here are the individuals elected to serve on the ABSW Executive Board at last week's AGM. These individuals will serve two years on the Board as at the AGM the standing orders were amended so that individuals are now elected for two year terms rather than one. Congratulations to them all.