Nominations Sought For Evidence-Based Champion


Sir John Royden Maddox
Sir John Royden Maddox
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.

For more information please click here.

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.


Sense About Science

Sense About Science is a registered charity founded in 2002, to equip people to make sense of science and evidence. We help the public and policy makers in their use of scientific evidence. We tackle misconceptions and respond to public questions on scientific and medical issues. With over 5,000 scientists, from Nobel prize winners to postdocs, we work in partnership with scientific bodies, research publishers, policy makers, the public and the media, to change public discussions about science and evidence. Through award-winning public campaigns, we share the tools of scientific thinking and scrutiny. Our activities and publications are used and shaped by community groups, policy makers, civic bodies, patient organisations, information services, writers, publishers, educators and health services.

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