Image: The Script Science Communication Award winner and runners-up, from left to right: Emma Kploanyi, Lwasa Roland, Elonna Obak, Gerald Osuka and Lucy Kiptui.



Script Science Communication Award winners revealed

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  • Award recognises clear, engaging science writing
  • Judged by Script and editors from The Conversation Africa
  • Winner Elonna Obak’s article selected from a strong list of competitors

The winner of the 2019 Script Science Communication Award, in collaboration with Script’s partner The Conversation Africa, has been announced.

Elonna Obak’s story on using self-sampling as a way of increasing the uptake of screening for cervical cancer in Nigeria, was chosen as winner from a strong list of competition entries that were judged by Script and editors from The Conversation Africa. Elonna’s prize is a visit to The Conversation Africa’s editorial office in Nairobi to see the process of developing a story from pitch to publication.

Highly commended runner-up Lucy Kiptui will receive support from The Conversation Africa editors in developing her story on passion fruit disease in Kenya. Runners-up Lwasa Ronald, Gerald Osuka and Emma Kploanyi were all praised by the judges for their diverse story ideas.

Editor of The Conversation Africa, Caroline Southey commented: “We were excited to see so many high quality entries for this award, and hope it has encouraged more researchers to tell their stories to the media. We are looking forward to welcoming Elonna to our Nairobi office later this year.”

The Conversation Africa

The Conversation Africa is a news and analysis website that was launched in 2015. It is an independent, non-profit source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public, and attracts over 300,000 unique users to its site every month.


Script is a free training and networking resource for journalists, scientists and anyone who wants to communicate science in an engaging and accurate way. Script aims to increase the quantity and quality of science-related stories in the news. We believe this is essential to enable informed, evidence-based decision-making, by everyone from individuals to policymakers.