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Thursday, 15 February 2007

Creative Science Communication

An event in April "will explore ways to be creative in science communication without misrepresenting the science".

Creative Science Communication "Closely linked to the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the seminar combines workshops, practical exercises, interactive sessions and talks with highlights from the Festival programme to cover the whole spectrum of ways in which science can be made more engaging and involving, and scientists and journalists can improve how they understand and utilise each other."

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Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Winners of the 2006 AAAS Science Journalism Awards

Winners of the 2006 AAAS Science Journalism Awards

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Monday, 12 February 2007

Nominations open for "green book" award

That's an award for books about the environment rather than books printed on recycled paper. The announcement is on Horganism the blog by John Horgan, Director of the Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Edward O. Wilson, "one of our era’s greatest and most eloquent scientists," received the first Green Book Award for his book The Creation.

It says that "The CSW Green Book Award is an annual prize given to the finest work of science writing that draws attention to issues of environmental responsibility published in the previous year." The entry requirements, or how the thing works, aren't clear. There's an on-line entry form, so there's no harm in plugging your own magnum opus.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Few Brits in the running for Descartes

British researchers make up nearly half of the shortlisted candidates for the category "Professional scientists engaged in science communication to the public" in this year's Descartes prizes from the EU. The announcement of the nominees for the Descartes Prize for Science Communication reveals that the UK doesn't do at all well in the categories for "Communicators at the start of their career" or "Innovative action for science communication".

Perhaps more surprising, given how much we proclaim the BBC as the world's leading TV outlet, the UK is also missing from the shortlist for "Popularising science through audio-visual and electronic media (scientific television or radio documentaries, websites)".

Perhaps there are just too many Eurosceptics around who don't bother to enter this competition. They got "just 80 submissions from across Europe. Even though this is "an increase of 30% over last year" it is hardly a mad rush. Funny, given that "From these 33 nominees, 5 finalists and 5 winners will be selected to share this year's €275,000 prize".

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Monday, 5 February 2007

Facelift at the BMJ

No, not a new medical process, but a report on, about the BMJ's updated web site.

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Saturday, 3 February 2007

Keck Futures: National Academies Communication Awards

At $20,000 a pop, the National Academies Communication Awards must be the most generous on the planet. Sadly, the criteria for eligibility include the statement that entries must "have been published or broadcast in 2006, in the USA and in English". Still, the ABSW has many members who have made it into print on the wrong side of the Atlantic. Whether they can write in "English" as the National Academies define it is another matter.

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