McGavin a Winner at Science Writers' Awards

A Scots zoologist, TV presenter, explorer and writer has been named among the winners of an UK-wide competition celebrating the best of science journalism.

Dr George McGavin was among the team to take the Best Scripted/Edited Television Programme or Online Video title at the Association of British Science Writers’ Awards.

It follows following the process of decay in a kitchen and garden, set up for full public view at Edinburgh Zoo.

Some 160 entries were submitted to the competition. 

The winners are:

Best News Item

Angela Saini, freelance. The formula for justice published in The Guardian 03-10-11

Best Feature

Helen Pearson, chief features editor, Nature. Study of a lifetime published in Nature 01-03-11

Best Scripted/Edited Television Programme or Online Video

After life: The strange science of decay. Broadcast on BBC 4 on 06-12-11. Team Entry: George McGavin, presenter; Fred Hepburn, producer/director; Marcus Herbert, executive producer

Best Scripted/Edited Radio Programme or Podcast

Hearing the past broadcast BBC Radio 4 on 12-09-11. Individual Entry: Jane Reck, freelance

Best Investigative Journalism

Steve Connor, Science editor, The Independent. Big tobacco exposed published in The Independent 01-09-11

Richard Gregory Award for Best Newcomer

James Poskett, freelance reporter

New for 2012: The NUJ Stephen White Award for Best Communication of Science in a Non-science Context

Ed Yong, freelance. How do our bacteria help us? Broadcast on Four Thought, BBC Radio 4 19/10/2011

Lifetime Achievement Award

David Dickson, editor