The European Science Journalist of the Year Award is now open for entry.

The award has been presented to a diverse set of journalists and science communicators over the years, specialising in a broad range of topics, from Russia to Italy, and countries in between. 

The award is presented with support from Elsevier.

Each year we ask science writing associations across Europe to put forward their candidate, the person they feel best represents excellence and innovation in science journalism. The Award is also open to individuals working in Europe, whose work has been published in European media.

Asked what receiving the Award in 2022 meant to her, Ángela Bernardo said “It was very exciting to receive the European Science Journalist of the Year Award in 2022. It was a great honour to be recognised for the data and investigative journalism we carry out at Civio on science and health. It was also a joy to be part of the list of journalists awarded in recent years, who I admire very much“.

Submissions should include a nomination letter from the association putting their candidate forward, as well as three pieces of journalist work written in, or translated into, English. The judges will want to see variety and range in the three submitted pieces, ideally. If the writer usually focuses on one specific subject, they can still be entered but should try to show different ways of reporting that topic.

Over the years we’ve awarded this prestigious prize to journalists tackling issues, such as mental health, sex and gender-based harassment, conflicts of interest in science and medicine, and government complacency over drug regulations. 

In 2023, we are looking for a hard hitter, someone who is having an impact, and who is communicating the massive scientific issues in the world today.

For further guidance on eligibility and rules, please refer to the Award Policy and Guidelines.

Deadline for submissions: 23:59 CET, 1 June 2023.

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