Sense About Science: John Maddox Prize nominations now open, deadline noon 19 July
13 May 2019
Public Engagement - awards
The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Nominations for 2019 are now open.
Sir John Maddox, whose name this prize commemorates, was a passionate and tireless champion and defender of science, engaging with difficult debates and inspiring others to do the same. As a writer and editor, he changed attitudes and perceptions, and strove for better understanding and appreciation of science throughout his long working life.
The John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science is awarded to an individual for any kind of public activity in any of the areas listed below:
- Addressing misleading information about scientific issue (including social science and medicine).
- Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate.
- Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue.
Candidates will be judged on the strength of their nomination based on the below criteria:
- How clearly the individual advanced the discussion of good science, despite challenges.
- The nature of the challenge(s) faced by the individual.
- How well they placed the evidence in the wider debate and engaged others.
- Their level of influence on the public debate.
The John Maddox Prize awards evening will be hosted at Wellcome Collection, London in November, and an announcement is published in Nature. Winners will receive £3000. An additional award is also made to someone who in the opinion of the judges is at an early stage of their career.
All candidates must be nominated. Self nomination will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Nominations close at 12pm (BST) on Friday 19th July 2019.
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