Announcing the Better Science through Better Data 2019 Writing Competition

Springer Nature and The Wellcome Trust are partnering again to host Better Science through Better Data and we are looking for three budding science writers to help with news coverage of this year’s event on November 6th 2019.

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About you - You will be an unpublished writer*, currently enrolled as a student/post doc from anywhere across the globe. You will need to be available to travel to London, United Kingdom on Wednesday 6th November 2019.

The competition – write a 500-word piece on one of the following topics:

-  How do you implement FAIR data (findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability) in practice?

-  What are the benefits and risks of unrestricted data reuse?

-  What support do researchers need to implement reproducible research?

-  How should researchers be rewarded for data sharing and reproducible research?

Deadline: 31st August 2019

 The prizes – the three winners will be invited to this year’s event in London, where they will:       

  • Work with a Nature editor for the day as a reporter
  • Have your winning piece and report from the day published on Springer Nature’s Research Data Community
  • Receive up to €200 towards your travel expenses
  • One-year free subscription to a Nature magazine of their choice

Winners will be announced in September 2019.

Ready to participate? Enter the competition now

Read about last year’s winners.


About Better Science through Better Data (#Scidata19)

Focused on early career researchers, Better Science through Better Data brings together researchers to discuss innovative approaches to data sharing, open science, and reproducible research, together with demonstrations of exemplary projects and tools. Interested in attending? Register now.


* A ‘published’ writer is a professional journalist in paid employment as a writer. Bloggers, student journalists and researchers with previously published academic research in a scholarly journal are welcome to enter.

David Lamb

Associate Marketing Manager, Springer Nature

I am Associate Marketing Manager for the Outreach and Open Research team at Springer Nature.

2 Comments

Ingrid Szilagyi 6 days ago

Hello, I am wondering whether my submission was successful as I have not received any confirmation e-mail. Is there a way to check this. Thanks, Ingrid

Mithu Lucraft 6 days ago

Hi Ingrid, sorry about that yes your entry has been received. We'll be announcing winners in September so look out for further news. Thanks for taking the time to submit!