ABSW Science & Technology Journalism Summer School 2019
Monday 8 July 2019, University College 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.
Winners of the ABSW student and newcomer awards: where are they now?
Over the past decade, the ABSW has given out more than two dozen awards to students and newcomers, including runners-up and shortlisted entries.
Where are those award winners now and what are they working on?
Either the awards jury is great at picking out promising professionals, or the award itself plays a role in boosting their high-flying careers, as the following list is quite impressive.
Most work in science and tech journalism, some are research scientists, and others are policy managers or strategy advisers at medical institutions.
Here’s a selection – in alphabetical order – of winners and runners-up in the ABSW awards for students and newcomers since 2009, with brackets to indicate what they were doing when they won their ABSW award, and where they are now:
ABSW reveals top winners over its half century of awards
The ABSW Science Writers' Awards for Britain and Ireland, the "Oscars" of science writing, have been running for over half a century – and only a handful of people have won on more than three occasions.
Overall, there have been some 372 winners since our records started in 1966. That’s an average of around 7 award winners a year.
The vast majority of the winners, 251 of them, only won once; 32 people won twice.
Nine people won 3 times; three people won 4 times; and two people won 5 times.
But only one person – the late Steve Connor of The Independent – won a grand total of 7 awards, the record number of ABSW awards netted by anyone.
Steve Connor won in 1985, 1993, 1999, 2002, 2012, 2016 and 2018 in categories including news, features, and investigation, as well as the UK science writer of the year and lifetime achievement awards. The ABSW committee has named our investigative award to honour his work.
The next top winners were Ian Sample and Tim Radford, both of The Guardian, who each won five awards.
Geoff Watts, broadcaster and journalist, and Andrew Luck-Baker, producer and presenter – both of whom worked for BBC Radio 4 – have each won four times, as did Roger Highfield, mostly for his work at The Daily Telegraph.
And the nine people who won three times each are: Frank Close, Deborah Cohen, Louise Dalziel, Oliver Gillie, John Gribbin, Robin McKie, Martin Redfern, Colin Tudge, and Ed Yong.
The list of top winners is dominated by men, with only two women featuring in the top 15 winners with three awards each – Deborah Cohen and Louise Dalziel, both broadcast journalists at the BBC. This gender skew could be partly because journalism was long dominated by men, and perhaps in part becuase of a possible bias in application rates. Hopefully, we are making those reasons a thing of the past and we’ll see more women winners in years to come. In fact, last year we had ten women winners out of a total of 19; and in 2017 we had eight women winners out of 15.
The 2019 awards are now open for entry in 16 categories. The deadline is 31 January.
(These numbers are preliminary and come from our publicly-available records of award winners. They don’t include runners-up or special mentions.)
Going to #WCSJ19 in Lausanne this July? Join #ABSW to save on registration fee!
Booking your ticket early and being a member of ABSW can save you up to 140 Swiss Francs (£115) off the regular registration fee for the World Conference of Science Journalists.
Membership at ABSW is only £40 a year, and it includes a host of other benefits.
ABSW members who attend our summer school of science journalism in London, in June, will be eligible for a further 100 Swiss Francs (£80) refund on their ticket to the WCSJ19.
Regular registration fee for the WCSJ19 is expected to be 490 CHF. Early bird with ABSW membership will only cost 350 CHF, with a further 100 CHF discount for those attending the ABSW Summer School of Science Journalism 2019 in June. Don’t miss out on the available discount to the largest and most important global meet-up of science journalists.
Travelling with Ghosts by Shannon Fowler
Travelling With Ghosts by Shannon Fowler
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017
Though not marketed as a popular science book, this a memoir about my career as a marine biologist and how everything changed when my fiancé was killed my a box jellyfish.
Wally Funk's Race for Space by Sue Nelson
Wally Funk’s Race for Space is the first book to cover the true story of a female pilot who led the way for women in space
Published by The Westbourne Press in Hardback, 4th October 2018, £14.99
'An extraordinary, quirky book ... A global Thelma and Louise-style adventure ... It's a great story, and it throws fascinating light on the story of female space travel.' Daily Mail Book of the Week
'Fascinating story ... Wally Funk's character leaps off the page ... she is fantastic and so inspirational. ... if you want to see someone with spunk and determination, that is the book to read.' Naga Munchetty, BBC Breakfast
'Wally Funk's story is a textbook study in indefatigable, American, can-do spirit.' The Guardian