Sense About Science, in conjunction with Nature and the Kohn Foundation, is seeking to award an individual who has promoted sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest. The emphasis of the John Maddox Prize is on those who have faced difficulty or hostility in championing evidence. Nominations of active researchers who have yet to receive recognition for their public-interest work are particularly welcomed.
The prize is open to nominations for any kind of public activity, including all forms of writing, speaking and public engagement, in any of the following areas:
- Addressing misleading information about scientific or medical issues in any forum.
- Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate.
- Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue.
Researchers in any area of science or engineering are eligible to be nominated – either the nominator or a referee should be based in the UK.
The prize: £2000. The award is presented in October and an announcement of the winner will be published in Nature.
The deadline for nominations is 11:59pm on 20th August 2014 BST.
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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. He was editor of Nature for 22 years; a fiend of the founder of the Kohn Foundation; and a trustee of Sense About Science until his death in 2009.