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3rd UK Conference of Science Journalists - 18 June 2014

The 3rd UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ)  Wednesday 18th June 2014 at The Royal Society, London.

A full day of discussion and debate with three key aims: 

  • To discuss and debate contemporary issues in science journalism
  • To encourage and provide skills for newcomers
  • To promote professional development
The first ever UKCSJ was held in 2010 and followed in the footsteps of the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) held in London.  The WCSJ saw nearly 1000 delegates from all around the world meeting to discuss issues affecting the profession of science journalism. Demand for delegate places at the London Conference was high amongst UK science journalists and revealed a real desire for a forum in which professional issues could be discussed. To meet this demand the ABSW organised the UKCSJ - a WCSJ on a far smaller scale with the focus on the profession in the UK.   For 2012 the ABSW increased capacity due to demand and the Conference can now accomodate 300 delegates.  The UKCSJ runs on alternate years to fit with the alternate year programme of the World Conference of Science Journalists.   


There are many ways in which organisations can work with the UKCSJ to support science journalism in the UK whilst engaging the attention of the UK's science media. Please see our support brochure for more.   Or contact Sallie Robins, Conference Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The UK Conference of Science Journalists is organised by the Association of British Science Writers.

Registration for 2014 is now open

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Student Scholarships

There are ten scholarships available to enable student journalists and writers to attend the UKCSJ free.  

Applications are now open and will close on Friday 2 May 2014.   

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Student scholarships are open to student members of the ABSW.

If you are not already a member of the ABSW you can join here.  

You do not have to wait for approval of membership to apply for the Student Scholarship.

The Scholarships are supported by the British Psychological Society




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