Are you a early-career cell biologist (PhD student or post-doc) in the UK with a flair for the pen? Do you like to communicate about your science using everyday words and sentences structures other than the passive voice? Or maybe you’re passionate about other areas of science outside your own lab, and would like to express them in a creative way?
If so, why not enter the British Society for Cell Biology’s writing prize? The shortlisted entries will be judged by me, and the winner will receive £300 in cash and will be published on the BCSB website as well as on LabLit.com. More detailed rules can be found on the prize page, and the deadline is 15 February.
If you’ve always wanted to try your hand, why not make 2013 the year you give science writing a go? The world needs good science communicators, particularly those who are active at the bench and can give topics their own unique, insider’s perspective. The more we scientists talk about science, the more allies we can gain in wider society. With science funding in constant jeopardy, this is one way you can do your bit to help engender trust and support for your profession.
Good luck, and spread the word!