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Maddox Prize: nomination deadline extended to 26 May

Nominations for the John Maddox Prize now extended to 26 May, 11:59am.

The John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility. This is a global prize: people from any country and in any field can be nominated.

The Prize is awarded to an individual for any kind of public activity in any of the areas listed below:

  • Addressing misleading information about a 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.

Nominated candidates for the Prize will be judged on the strength of the nomination based on the following 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.

Winners 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.

Find out more and make a nomination at:

Beetlestone Award ­for leadership and legacy in Informal Science Learning

The Beetlestone Award – for leadership and legacy in Informal Science Learning

The purpose of the Beetlestone Award is to recognise a leader in the field of ‘informal learning in science’ – someone still in post in the UK, not a retiree – who has already made or is clearly creating a significant legacy for the field.

Professor John Beetlestone (1932-2017), the founding director of the UK’s first purpose-built science discovery centre, Techniquest in Cardiff, was one of the ISL pioneers of the 20th century.  Who is following in his footsteps?

Now in its third year, this Award has been made possible through the generosity of the Beetlestone family and some other private donors.  Details of how to nominate someone, or to apply yourself, are now available on the BIG website.

The closing date for nominations and applications for this year’s Award is Friday 1 May 2020.

Nominations open for The Josh Award 2020 – Science Communication (closes 14 April)

Applications are now open for the Josh Award, which celebrates the fantastic work being done by science communicators across the UK.

If you have an idea for a show-stopping science communication activity, the Josh Award can provide the platform, experience and support to help you bring it to reality.

What is the Josh Award?

The Josh Award is a national prize for early-career science communicators who are passionate about continuing to work in this field in the future, including students, volunteers, researchers or creatives. The winner of this year’s Award will receive up to £2,500 to develop and deliver an activity for Manchester Science Festival in October 2020, along with a personal prize of £2,000 from the Josh Award Foundation, a year’s paid membership to the BIG STEM Communicators Network and access to professional development opportunities. Last year’s winners, Ben and Fred, wowed festival audiences with a science-themed juggling show.

Find out more and apply

Further information about the Award can be found on the Science and Industry Museum website.

You can submit your application through the online form or visit the website to access a downloadable form.

Audio and video submissions, as well as written applications are welcomed.

The deadline for applications is 10.00 on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

There’s still time to enter the Making a Difference Awards

With a closing date of 20 January there is just one week to go before the deadline for entering the Making a Difference Awards.

The Making a Difference Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the many different types of social responsibility achievements of the University’s academic and professional services staff, students and alumni.

The Awards are open to all staff and students at the University and external partners. Individuals or teams can submit an entry for themselves, or be nominated by a third party.

The award categories include the following:

  • Outstanding benefit to society through research
  • Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to social innovation and environmental impact through enterprise
  • Outstanding public and community engagement initiative
  • Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Outstanding Professional Services for social responsibility
  • Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Outstanding contribution to widening participation
  • Volunteer of the Year Award

Culminating in a major awards ceremony hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2020, the awards will celebrate, raise awareness and provide valuable recognition of how individuals and teams across the University are making a difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

Further information, award criteria and the entry form can be found on the social responsibility website.

British Science Festival – Award Lecture nominations

Are you, or do you know, a promising early career researcher? Nominations are now open for seven Award Lectureships available to promising early career academics, skilled at engaging people with their research.

The Award Lectures are an opportunity for open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their winning lecture at the 2020 Festival.

Nominations close on 6 January 2020 at 5pm.

More information, including the application process can be found here.

Nominations open: Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Awards 2019

Nominations required: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE). Deadline Monday 24 June 12pm

Building upon last year’s success, we will recognise inspirational and outstanding commitment to PPIE that has made a positive difference, through the FBMH ‘Outstanding Contribution to PPIE’ awards.

The awards are open to Public Contributors, staff, students and groups contributing to PPIE in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Activities may include, but not limited to: setting research/teaching priorities, co-production of research/ teaching, enabling and evidencing high quality PPIE through public partnerships and sheer hard work and commitment to enable excellence in the Faculty’s work.

The categories for the awards are:

  • Public Contributor
  • Staff
  • Student
  • Group (e.g. research user group) please provide the names of every member of the group.
  • New comer (has only been doing PPIE for up to two years)
  • One off event/project

You can nominate someone for more than one category and you can also self-nominate as well.

To submit a nomination please visit the following link and complete the required information: https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=m6KJ3561H

We would like to create a poster of the nominations to showcase at the event so please confirm that you are happy for the information you have provided in the nomination form to be presented on the day.

Please note: We strongly recommend that you inform the person that you are nominating them.

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by the end of June and will be invited to the PPIE Celebration event on Wednesday 17 July, Core Technology Facility where winners will be announced.

Should you require any further information, please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk or Tel: 0161 275 5186.

Posted on behalf of Imogen Halls, Public Engagement and Communications Intern
Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Team, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

Nominations now open: The Josh Award and Beetlestone Awards

It’s time to cast your nominations for the two major awards in Sci Comm, each recognising an individual, at different stages of their careers, who’ve made a significant difference to the industry.

The Josh Award is the UK’s national Award in science communication, established to recognise and encourage early professional career, talented innovation and creativity in science communication and engagement. 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 and also Chair of BIG at the time his passing. 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. Applications close: 24 April 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/josh/

The Beetlestone Award is now in its second year and was established to recognise leadership and legacy in the field of ‘informal science learning’ (in memory of Professor John Beetlestone, the founding Director of Techniquest Science Discovery Centre). To be considered for this Award, nominees must be actively engaged and well-established in the field of ISL. They must be currently in a leadership role in the UK and able to demonstrate strategic vision and the creation of a legacy. Applications close: 1 May 2019.

To find out more, please see: https://www.big.uk.com/beetlestone/

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards

The Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards aim to reward outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse and engage with different audiences.

The Awards are open to scientists working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry. There are two award categories each with a cash prize: New Researcher (£750) and Established Researcher (£1500).

Applications close on 29th June. For more information and to apply, please visit the Society’s website: http://www.rsb.org.uk/outreach-awards

For queries please email: raghavendra.selvam@RSB.ORG.UK

Posted on behalf of Raghav Selvam AMRSB, Competitions and Outreach Officer, Royal Society of Biology