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The Josh Award is the UK’s national award in STEM communication, established to recognise and encourage talented practitioners, who are in their early professional career, to pursue innovation and creativity in science communication and engagement. 

The Josh Award provides the opportunity to further develop the winner’s STEM communication skills, networks and awareness of the industry, with support from teams at the Science Museum Group and the BIG STEM Communicators Network. 

The winner will also develop and deliver a new project or event for the Science and Industry Museum’s holiday programme (between Saturday 19 October – Sunday 3 November in Manchester), showcasing best practice in the field of STEM communication. They will have the opportunity to use their learning by being involved in the development of the programme for Manchester Science Festival 2020 in an advisory capacity.

The Award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Museum of Science and Industry. Josh was a much loved, much respected and highly talented science communicator whose outstanding career is commemorated with this award. Josh was also Chair of BIG at the time his passing.


The Josh Award winner will receive:

  • Up to £2500 to develop their project or event to be part of the Science and Industry Museum Holiday Programme for 2019 in Manchester.  Please note this budget includes all the costs and expenses (i.e. resources, travel and accommodation) for the project and will be agreed and held by the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
  • Support from the Science Museum Group to further develop your winning proposal, as necessary, to fit logistics and practicalities of working in a museum setting
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development within the Science Museum Group. This means the winners will have the opportunity to be involved in the development of the programme for Manchester Science Festival 2020 in an advisory role. They may also attend training sessions with the SMG Academy
  •  Attendance at the annual BIG Event (full conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300 but this does not include travel expenses) to network with and present to a diverse range of science communicators from across the sector. The 2019 BIG Event will take place from 17th to 19th July 2019 at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh
  • A personal prize cheque of £500 from the Josh Award Fund
  •  The Josh Award trophy, to hold for one year and hand on to next year's winner at the 2020 BIG Event

Take a look at how some of our previous winners benefited from receiving The Josh Award.

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