Search is on for best science writer 2003

Do you know a young person who can express their thoughts on their science subject in an imaginative and creative way? If so, tell them to enter The Daily Telegraph BASF Science Writer Awards, and give them the chance to help bridge the gap between the public’s perception of scientists and the world of science itself. The prize is a trip to the USA and a share in cash and prizes worth over £7,000!

The Awards are now in their 16th year, and are open to two age categories, 16-19 and 20-28 year olds. To enter the competition the entrant must write an article on any scientific or science-related subject, no longer than 700 words, that will have a chance of being published in The Daily Telegraph weekly Science page and online in the Award Winner’s section of the website at . The closing date for the competition is 25 April, 2003.

This year, the first prize-winners have a share of cash and prizes worth over £7,000! Including an all expenses paid, weeklong trip to Seattle, USA to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s 2004 meeting. The winners will also be able to meet Britain’s most distinguished scientists at the British Association’s Festival of Science at the University of Salford. There is also a £500 prize for the school that submits the most entries that reach the finalist stage, and NEW to this year, a £200 book voucher will be awarded for the teacher who submits the most pupils that reach the short-list after the initial stage of the competition.

The prestigious judging panel consists of Dr Roger Highfield, Science Editor, The Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Webb, Editor, New Scientist Magazine, Philip Campbell, Editor, Nature Magazine, Adam Hart-Davies, TV Presenter, Dr Roland Jackson, British Association, Barry Stickings, BASF, plc, Professor Lewis Wolpert, University College London, Professor Heinz Wolff, Institute of Bio Engineering, Brunel University and Dr Mary Archer, Scientist.

“The Awards seek to encourage aspiring young science writers to test their journalistic abilities. Entrants should not be discouraged by any lack of experience in writing – more important is their ability to write in such a way that they can communicate excitement about science to the public.” Says Roger Highfield, Science Editor of The Daily Telegraph.

“As the world’s leading chemical company, BASF is delighted to be sponsoring this award again. We are convinced that a knowledge of science and the ability to communicate are crucial for all our futures.” Says Barry Stickings, BASF plc.

Further information can be found on the competition website,, or by calling the hotline on 020 7704 5315 or by emailing


Competition and Sponsor’s logos and images from the 2002 Awards can be found in a media pack on the competition website –

For further information please contact:
Emma Gilbert-Harris
Telegraph Group Ltd
Tel: 020 7538 6257

For more information, contact Lisa Bromley on 020 7451 7302, email


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