Better Science through Better Data 2018 - Early Career Researcher writing competition

Enter today for the chance to attend the Better Science through Better Data 2018 event (#scidata18) in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th November 2018.

Jul 17, 2018

After another successful event last year, we are again looking for five budding science writers to help with news coverage of this year’s Better Science through Better Data event (#scidata18).

About you - You will be an unpublished*, currently enrolled science student/post doc from anywhere across the globe. You will need to be available to travel to London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th November 2018.

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

• Mentoring open research
• How should Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data work in practice?
• How will open data advance scientific discovery?
• Benefits and risks to careers of practicing open research
• What is the role of journals and publishers in promoting reproducibility?

Enter competition now           

Deadline: 14th September 2018
The prize - the top 5 winning entrants will be invited to this years event in London. You 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 platforms
• Receive up to €200 towards your travel expenses
• Receive one year's free subscription to a Nature magazine of your choice

Winners and runners up will be announced soon after. 

Again, this year's #scidata18 event is in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.

More about the Better Science through Better Data event (#scidata18).

Focused on early career researchers, the day-long conference will explore, through researchers’ real experiences, the role research data plays in getting published and helping to advance careers. The event will involve a number of keynote talks and shorter “lightning” talks from researchers and students presenting case studies of research data sharing, data reuse and associated tools in action.

Not interested in writing?  Pre-register your interest to attend/live-stream the event in London and we will email you when registration is live. 

Pre-register today

* A ‘published’ writer is a professional journalist. Bloggers and student journalists are welcome to enter.

Warren Eades

Marketing Manager , Springer Nature

I no longer work at Springer Nature.


Zara Khan 12 months ago

@warreneades Is it possible to submit on 1st Sep or does the deadline expires at midnight today? I just got to know about the competition and would like to submit

Warren Eades 12 months ago

Hi @ZaraKhan, we've decided to extend applications until the 14th September now, but please do get over to us at your earliest convenience. Good luck and we look forward to reading your entry! Thanks, Warren 

anirudh subramanian 11 months ago



I sent my submission in yesterday, via the web form provided. I recieved no confirmation for receipt . I was wondering how would I know if my submission was successful in the first case. 

Thanks a lot

Warm regards 


Anna Duncan 11 months ago

Hi, same for me, should we see a confirmation email?

Warren Eades 11 months ago

Hi Anirudh, We have received your entry, we look forward to reading it and will be back in touch when decisions have been made. Sorry for any confusion. Good luck :) 

anirudh subramanian 11 months ago

Hey warren, that's completely alright. Just wanted to be sure as we would normally get confirmation emails when registered. I am just happy my submission worked and hopefully so did the one from K A :) 

thanks for the reply 



Warren Eades 11 months ago

We are busy judging the entries now, and we will be in touch with winners in the coming days. Good luck everybody :) 

B A 11 months ago

Hi Warren, 

Just wanted to check whether you have finished judging the entries, and whether everyone entered will receive an email with the outcome? 


anirudh subramanian 10 months ago

Just thought i'd add this here as there were no updates from elsewhere. 

The competition judgement is out and here is a link to the results

Congrats winners 



Warren Eades 10 months ago

Hi Anirudh

We have contacted all entries now, if you let me know your email address I can check in on this