ABSW Science Writers' Award sponsors

About the Sponsors ...

          Medical Research Council    

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is an national organisation funded by the UK tax-payer. its business is medical research aimed at improving human health; everyone stands to benefit from the outputs.

The research it supports and the scientists it trains meet the needs of the health services, the pharmaceutical and other health-related indusstries and the academic world. MRC has funded work which has led to some of the most significant discoveries and achievements in medicine in the UK.

About half of the MRC's expenditure of 430million is invested in its 40 Institutes, Units and Centres. The remaining half goes in the form of grant support and training awards to individuals and teams in universities and medical schools. www.mrc.ac.uk

          The Royal Society    

The Royal Society is the UK's national academy of science. It was founded in 1660 and is the oldest national science academy in the world. It has a Fellowship of the best scientists and engineers from the UK and Commonwealth. The Society serves the scientific community by funding more than 400 post-doctoral fellowships and professorships, conference and equipment grants and international exchanges as well as scientific discussion meetings and lectures.

It publishes six internationally respected journals, including the world's longest-running scientific periodical, 'Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society'. The Society also holds meetings, lectures and exhibitions for the public and provides independent advice on science education issues to policy-makers in the UK and abroad. www.royalsociety.ac.uk

          The Bioindustry association     Established in 1989, the BioIndustry Association (BIA) exists to encourage and promote a financially sound and thriving bioscience sector within the UK economy and concentrates it efforts on emerging anterprise and the related interests of companies with whom such enterprise trades. We represent over 300 members, the majority of which are involved in realising the human health benefits that science promises. www.bioindustry.org           FlashMic    

Co Sponsors of the "NEW VOICE" award, previously known as the Young Broadcaster of the Year.

The FlashMic combines a high-quality, Sennheiser omnidirectional condenser capsule with an inbuilt, broadcast-quality Flash recorder. The FlashMic is easy to operate 'straight out of the box', and is ideal for use in all voice recording applications, including press and broadcast journalism, radio interviewing and podcasting.