Summer School

ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2017

Speaker biographies: A-Z by surname

Ben Deighton








Ben Deighton is the Managing Editor of SciDev.Net. He spent the last 13 years reporting on science and technology as a correspondent for Reuters in London and Brussels, and as the former Editor of Horizon magazine.

Pallab Ghosh

Pallab studied physics at Imperial College and has been a science journalist since 1984. He is currently one of the BBC’s science correspondents where he broadcasts on TV and radio and writes for BBC news online. He is also the ABSW’s Honorary President. Prior to joining BBC News, Pallab worked for New Scientist and before that wrote for trade publications. His career highlight is interviewing Neil Armstrong.
Pallab is a passionate believer in robust “kick ass” critical journalism and won the UK Press awards Science Journalist of the Year in 2015 for his investigative reporting of the Government’s misrepresentation of scientific information over its badger cull policy.  Pallab has also won awards for his reporting of environmental issues, medical developments, and coverage of space stories and is a former Technology Journalist of the year. He is also a former President of the World Federation of Science Journalists.
Pallab’s tops tips for Science Journalists can be found here: 

You can follow Pallab on Twitter @BBCPallab

Chrissie Giles

Chrissie Giles studied biochemistry at the University of Leeds. Concluding that clumsiness and practical science do not mix, she completed a Master’s in science communication in 2003 and has been working as a writer and editor ever since. Her editorial career began in a medical communications agency and, via a brief stint in the heady world of motor caravan journalism, she now writes and edits stories on biology and medicine for the Wellcome Trust, and is Editor of Mosaic.

Max Glaskin

Max Glaskin is freelance, writing about science, engineering and technology for 33 years. He's the author of Cycling Science (Frances Lincoln UK & seven other language editions). He presents at international science festivals, does a bit of TV & radio, moderates sci-tech conferences and runs events. He was first to mountain bike over the Greater Himalaya in 1986 and has performed a bicycle ballet for Queen Elizabeth II. He tweets as @CyclingScience1. In the autumn he'll be contributing to the British Science Festival and on the National Geographic TV channel. If you are an editor, hire him!

Laura Greenhalgh

Laura is an editor at Brussels-based outlet POLITICO, working across health care, agriculture and tech. She previously worked as a reporter and editor on European science policy at Research Europe, and for the regulatory news site Chemical Watch. She has freelanced on both popular science and sports science, and is a graduate of the Imperial College London science communication masters. 

Wendy M. Grossman

Wendy M.Grossman is a freelance writer who specializes in computers, freedom, and privacy. Over the last 25 years she has written for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, Scientific American, Wired, and myriad publications that are now defunct. She is also founder and former editor of Britain's The Skeptic magazine. Her website is at

Will Douglas Heaven

Will Douglas Heaven is a freelance writer and editor based in London and a consultant for New Scientist. He was previously launch editor at BBC Future Now and chief technology editor at New Scientist. He has a PhD in computer science from Imperial College London. 

Josh Howgego

Josh Howgego is a feature editor at New Scientist magazine, covering mostly physical science. He originally trained in chemistry, completin his PhD at the University if Bristol. He also holds a MSc in science communication from Imperial College London.

Martin Ince

Martin Ince is a freelance journalist working in science and higher education. He is currently completing a book on Earth history, and has a strong interest in the Earth and space sciences. He is past president of the ABSW. More at

Aisling Irwin

Currently managing editor of SciDev.Net, Aisling has plenty of experience on both sides of the pitch. She has worked as science correspondent for the Daily Telegraphand the Times Higher Education Supplement and also as news editor for SciDev.Net. She has also spent many years freelancing from overseas for British publications including New Scientist, Geographical and Telegraph Saturday magazine and more recently for Horizon magazine.

Alok Jha

Alok Jha is a journalist, author and broadcaster, focusing on stories about science. He is the science correspondent at ITV News. Before that, he spent a decade at the Guardian and made programmes for the BBC.

Brian Lin

Brian Lin oversees editorial operations at EurekAlert!, a nonprofit, editorially independent news service operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). EurekAlert! facilitates news-gathering and science communications efforts of its 13,000 reporter-registrants and 5,000 public information officers from 2,000 research institutions and scholarly journals worldwide. Up to 200 science new press releases are made available daily to reporters and the public. He has more than 15 years of experience as a science communicator, having worked as a press officer at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada before joining AAAS in 2014. He led the design of UBC’s media training curriculum and trained more than 500 faculty and students through lectures, workshops and one-on-one coaching. Brian obtained a Master of Journalism degree from UBC and interned at CTV National News. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from National Taiwan University.

Nic Newman

Nic Newman is a journalist and digital strategist who played a key role in shaping the BBC's internet services over more than a decade. He was a founding member of the BBC News Website, leading international coverage as World Editor (1997-2001). As Head of Product Development for BBC News he helped introduce innovations such as blogs, podcasting and on-demand video. Nic is currently a research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He is the lead author of the annual Digital News Report the world's biggest survey of news consumption.

Mark Peplow

Mark Peplow is a freelance science journalist. Previous jobs include chief news editor at Nature magazine, and editor of Chemistry World magazine. See for more.

Jack Serle

Jack Serle has a biology BSc from Edinburgh and a science journalism MA from City University London. He has been a reporter at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for the past five years.

Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman worked for the BBC for 20 years as researcher, producer, reporter, editor and finally Head of Training at World Service. Specialising mainly in central and eastern Europe, Jonathan reported for World Service from virtually every country of the former Warsaw Pact in the 1990s, before moving on to run the Macedonian and then the Croatian language services.

In 2010 Jonathan decided to leave the BBC and become a freelance trainer. Since then he has worked increasingly with data. Tracking the use of Open Data and learning new techniques to make the most of it has become something between an obsession and a hobby.  Jonathan enjoys nothing more than travelling around Britain, the USA and Europe introducing journalists to the wonders of Open Data.

Mico Tatalovic

Mico Tatalovic is a news editor at New Scientist magazine and a 2017-18 Knight Science Journalism fellow at the MIT. He is the chairman of the Association of British Science Writers.

Helen Thomson

Helen Thomson is an award-winning journalist who specialises in health and neuroscience. She writes news and features for the Guardian, BBC, New Scientist and The Daily Mail. Helen was an editor at New Scientist magazine for eight years before going freelance in 2015 to write her first book. "Unthinkable" - What the world's strangest brains teach us about our own will be published in February 2018.

Victoria Turk

Victoria Turk is a senior editor at WIRED. Her responsibilities include editing the ‘Work Smarter’ print section on business, entrepreneurship and the workplace, writing across the magazine and website, and making videos. Before moving to WIRED, she was Technology Editor at New Scientist and UK Editor at Motherboard, VICE’s tech and science platform.

Inga Vesper

Inga Vesper is a freelance journalist focusing on science, climate and energy. She is senior editor for Research Europe, and was former global news and features editor for SciDev.Net. Inga has written for Nature, Science, the New Scientist and other major outlets, but also likes to pitch to non-profit news sites for stories off the beaten track.

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