November 2020

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Nominations are now being accepted for the BSLS Book Prize 2020. Inaugurated in 2007, the annual British Society for Literature and Science book prize is awarded for the best book in the field of literature and science published that year. Any book is eligible, but can only be considered if it is nominated either by a member of BSLS or by its publisher. Publishers are very welcome to nominate their own books, and members may nominate their own titles. Please note that individual memberships must be current and the publication in question must be dated 2020 to be eligible. Members of the BSLS committee are not eligible for the Prize. A panel of BSLS executive committee members and scholars will read all submissions, with the winner announced at our 2021 online conference. Please send all nominations to Michael Whitworth on by 31 December 2020.

For a list of past winners and shortlisted titles, see here.


Papers are invited for an online conference sponsored by the SHeffield Water Centre at the University of Sheffield, to take place on 19 May 2021. The CFP deadline is 15 January and the full call can be read here.

Following the success of the JLS/BSLS essay prize in previous years, The JLS and the British Society for Literature and Science would like to announce the 2020 prize for the best new essay by an early career scholar on a topic within the field of literature and science. After the disruptions caused by Covid-19 the prize deadline has been extended into 2021.

Essays should be currently unpublished and not under consideration by another journal. They should be approx. 8,000 words long, inclusive of references, and should be send by email to both Will Tattersdill, Communications Officer of the BSLS (, and Martin Willis, Editor of the JLS (, by 5pm on Monday, 1st February, 2021

The prize is open to BSLS members who are postgraduate students or have completed a doctorate within three years of this date.

(To join BSLS, go to

The prize will be judged jointly by representatives of the BSLS and JLS. The winning essay will be announced on the BSLS website and published in the JLS. The winner will also receive a prize of £100.

Read previous prize winning essays in the JLS:

(The judges reserve the right not to award the prize should no essay of a high enough standard be submitted.)

Word reaches us of a Techne AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral award to be held jointly at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the University of Roehampton:

The deadline for applications is 23rd November.  Please do follow the link for more information and spread the word!