ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2019, in London, UK

ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2019, in London, UK

(Lead: ABSW, WFSJ, and WCSJ 2019)

The Association of British Science Writers, ABSW, has been organising a popular one-day event since 2015 aimed at training new science writers and refreshing the skills of early career journalists and freelancers.

So far the event has been attended by around 80 people, mainly journalists from the UK and Ireland, as well as Uganda (from our twinned association USJA) and a handful of Euro- pean countries.

Going forward, ABSW has partnered up with the WFSJ and is hoping to make the school more international. Also, ABSW is planning to expand the programme so it involves sessions of interest to journalists at various points in their career, not just beginners.

Previous schools included sessions on pitching skills, successful freelancing, data and investigative journalism, and networking with editors.

The school’s sponsors and supporters this year include Research Councils UK, EurekAlert!, Taylor and Francis Group, Kew Gardens, Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, and the Wellcome Trust.

The school usually takes place in the summer, once every two years, and given that the WCSJ 2019 is planned for July, the ABSW summer school could work perfectly as a side event after the conference on Saturday, 6 July 2019, for example.

Many conference delegates are likely to be travelling to Switzerland via London, and others may like to attend this event specifically. Delegate fees could include the ABSW summer school, and UK delegates attending the school could be incentivised to attend the WCSJ by offering them a discounted rate.

The ABSW has a lot of experience organising successful national and international science journalism meetings, including the WCSJ 2009, UKCSJ 2010, 2012, 2014, and ECSJ 2016, in addition to the summer schools of 2015 and 2017.