Call for Nominations for 2016 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

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Sir John Royden Maddox
Nominations are now open for the 2016 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science. Now in its fifth year, the prize recognizes the work of an individual anywhere in the world who promotes sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. A joint initiative of the science journal Nature, the Kohn Foundation, and charity Sense about Science, the prize is named in honor of Sir John Maddox FRS, who was editor of Nature for 22 years and a founding trustee of Sense about Science. A passionate and tireless communicator and defender of science, Maddox engaged with difficult debates, inspiring others to do the same.

The judging panel this year includes professor Colin Blakemore FRS, Tracey Brown of Sense about Science, Sir Philip Campbell from Nature, Natasha Loder of The Economist and Lord Rees of Ludlow OM FRS. The judges sit in a personal capacity.

Previous prize winners: Edzard Ernst and Susan Jebb (2015); Emily Willingham, David Robert Grimes (2014); David Nutt (2013); and Sir Simon Wessely and Shi-min Fang (2012).

The closing date for nominations is 1 August 2016. Winners will be announced at a reception in London, as well as in Nature, and will receive £2,000. To nominate someone for the prize, please visit

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