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Only a few days left to apply for the UK’s national award in science communication!

Get your skates on, folks! There are only a few days left to apply for the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication.

The winner of the 2017 Josh Award will get a fantastic string of prizes, including the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival

You’ll also receive up to £2500 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £1000 personal expenses budget.

Attendance at the annual BIG Event (conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300 – http://www.big.uk.com)

A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award. The Josh Award trophy, held for one year. And bags and bags of prestige and kudos!

Applying is really simple so there’s no reason not to try! Apply by 5pm on Monday 22nd May 2017 by clicking on http://www.big.uk.com/josh

Posted on behalf of, Sarah Vining, Membership Services Manager, BIG STEM Communicators Network

Call for nominations: The Josh Award 2017 – science communication

Are you – or do you know – an amazing science communicator who is at a defining moment in their career?

The Josh Award is the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication. The award provides the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival, developing and delivering a new project or event while showcasing best practice in the field of science communication. The winner receives support to nurture their development in the field and their involvement in the Manchester Science Festival from the Festival team, the University of Salford’s Science Communication cluster, and the BIG STEM Communicators Network.

The Prize

  • Role as Manchester Science Festival Science Communicator in Residence for 2017. The winner will receive the support of the Manchester Science Festival team, members of BIG and previous Josh Award winners to develop and deliver an innovative and creative new project or event at Manchester Science Festival.
  • Up to £2500 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £1000 personal expenses budget. Please note this budget will be agreed and held by the Manchester Science Festival and the University of Salford.
  • Attendance at the annual BIG Event (http://www.big.uk.com/event-2468918) conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300) to network with and present to a diverse range of science communicators from across the sector. The 2017 BIG Event will take place from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July 2017 at Life Science Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  • A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award
  • The Josh Award trophy, held for one year

How to apply: Applications are now open until 5pm on Monday 22nd May 2017. For more information please see the information pack and application form:
http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/2017/04/the-josh-award-2017-call-for-nominations/

International Women’s Day Awards 2017 – open for nominations

Manchester City Council have launched their International Women’s Day Awards 2017. The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women, promote role models, raise aspirations and tackle the under representation of women in many areas of work.

The awards are open to individual women or groups of women who have worked tirelessly over the last 2 years or more to promote the issues that are important to women and help improve the lives and life chances of women in the city of Manchester.

The awards:

  • Our Manchester Women – Outstanding Woman: a woman/group of women who through her job or voluntarily has improved the lives of either a community of place or a community of interest within the city.
  • Our Manchester Women – Business of the Year: outstanding business woman who has promoted and improved skills, training and employment opportunities for women.
  • Our Manchester Women – Intergenerational Award: outstanding woman/group of women who have promoted positive working relationships with women from different age groups.
  • Our Manchester Women – Community Award: outstanding woman/group of women whose work has had a positive lasting impact on either a community or place in the city.

The deadline for nominations: Friday 9 December 2016.

For more information and how to nominate: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/200041/equality_and_diversity/6793/international_womens_day_awards_2017

Posted by Suzanne Spicer, Social Responsibility Manager, Office for Social Responsibility , The University of Manchester 

Know a rising star of science communication? Nominate them for an Award Lecture

Nominations for rising science communication stars, to be honoured in 2016, are now being sought.

For over 20 years, the British Science Association has acknowledged the work of promising early career researchers and scientists, through its Award Lectures. Previous Award Lecturers include Brian Cox, Richard Wiseman, and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

The Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion on issues involving science and actively encourage scientists to explore the social aspects of their research. The nominees should be active, early career researchers who are skilled in communicating their research and who are able to present their Award Lecture during the British Science Festival, 6 – 9 September 2016 at Swansea University.

Award Lecture nominations close Friday 4 March 2016.

Full details can be found here – http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/award-lectures

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2016

In 2015 we celebrated 50 years of supporting excellent social science. The 2016 Impact Prize builds upon this milestone by championing the continued and future contributions of our researchers though promoting the outstanding economic and social impacts achieved by ESRC-funded researchers.

The prize, now in its fourth year, is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers. It celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in interdisciplinary, collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.

Applications for the 2016 Celebrating Impact Prize close at 15.00 on 29 January 2016.

There are 6 prize categories:

  • Outstanding Impact in Business – recognises outstanding research which has brought about impact with business.
  • Outstanding Impact in Public Policy – recognises research that has contributed to the development of UK public policy, at the local, regional or national government level.
  • Outstanding Impact in Society – recognise research that has made a contribution benefiting a specific group of the public or society more widely.
  • Outstanding International Impact – recognises research that has achieved impact at an international level in business, policy or societal issues.
  • Outstanding Early Career Impact – recognises student researchers who have achieved or demonstrate potential in achieving outstanding impacts in any of the above categories.
  • Impact Champion – recognises an individual who has a significant personal track record in supporting and enabling others to achieve impact.

Find out more here – http://www.esrc.ac.uk/research/celebrating-impact-prize/

Nominations open for Royal Society Faraday Prize

The Royal Society’s medals, awards and prize lectureships provide an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievement.

Nominations for the Michael Faraday Prize are now open. This prize lecture is given by a scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary.

Previous winners have included Professor Brian Cox and Professor Frank Close.

The winner will receive a medal, a personal prize of £2,500 and will get to deliver a lecture at the Royal Society.

Nominate a colleague for this lecture
http://newsletters.royalsociety.org/c/1wsN2iY4pgb1Mw1dXQQtUS

To download the nomination form and for further details please see http://newsletters.royalsociety.org/c/1wsN8cZLuyexEmSoM7ZKWT

The deadline for nominations is Friday 30 January 2015.

To contact us for further information please email awards@royalsociety.org