The GlaxoSmithKline ABSW Science Writers' Awards for 2002 were presented at a ceremony on July 3, held at Delfina, London, by Pallab Ghosh, Chairman of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and Science Correspondent, BBC News, and Dr Allen Roses, Senior Vice President, Genetics Research at GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.
GlaxoSmithKline and the ABSW present seven awards of £2,500 each year to the writers and broadcasters who have produced the highest quality science journalism in this country, in the opinion of an independent panel of judges.
The Awards for the period 1st January - 31st December 2002 were presented as follows:
The best feature on a science subject in a national or regional newspaper:
Steve Connor for 'How an experiment to change the colour of a petunia led to a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer and Aids', which was published in The Independent on 10th August 2002.
The best feature on a science subject in a specialist periodical:
Nicola Jones for 'Monster ink', which was published in New Scientist on 14th September 2002.
The best news item on a science subject:
James Meek for 'Public 'misled by gene hype', which was published in The Guardian on 12th March 2002.
The best scripted/edited radio programme on a science subject:
Roland Pease for 'Discovery: almost like a human (part 1)', which was broadcast on BBC World Service on 10th April 2002.
The best television programme on a science subject:
Elizabeth Tucker for 'Horizon: Archimedes' secret', which was broadcast on BBC2 on 14th March 2002.
The best science writing on the World Wide Web:
Mark Peplow for 'The science of superheroes', which was published online on 13th June 2002 at www.bbc.co.uk/science/hottopics
The best communication of science in a non-science context:
Erika Wright for 'Life as a teenager', which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and World Service on 25th June 2002.
The Judging Panel for the 2002 Awards was chaired by Pallab Ghosh and comprised:
Tom Clarke, Science Writer, Nature
Professor Elizabeth Fisher, Institute of Neurology, UCL
Dr Clare Matterson, Director, Medicine, Society & History, The Wellcome Trust
Tim Radford, Science Editor, The Guardian
Frank Simmonds, Senior Producer & Director, Factual Documentaries, Carlton Television
Dr Christine Sutton, Scientific Associate, CERN & Department of Physics, University of Oxford
Adrian Washbourne, Executive Producer, BBC Radio Science
In judging the Awards, the Panel sought to recognise accurate, appropriate and outstanding science writing.
'The judges faced a tough task choosing from a very high standard of entries. In the end we chose those who had been brave with their journalism. We hope that this sends a signal about what we as a community prize, and gives more strength to science writers and broadcasters across the country to resist pressure from commissioning editors to go for obvious, easy topics, and to push for stories they know in their hearts to be important,' said Pallab Ghosh.
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For more information about science at GSK, please visit the company's website at http://science.gsk.com
The ABSW has a membership approaching 1,000, and exists to improve the standard of science journalism in the UK, and to help those who write about or broadcast science and technology stories. It organises briefings with prominent scientists and policymakers, arranges visits and has an extensive social calendar. Forms for membership, which costs £35 per year, can be downloaded from www.absw.org.uk