Nominations for the 2019 John Maddox Prize are now open!

The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so.
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. Prize nomations are open for all.

The John Maddox Prize awards evening will be hosted at Wellcome Collection, London in November, and an announcement is published in Nature. The prize is a joint initiative of Sense about Science and the science journal Nature.

Judging Criteria:
The winner of the prize will be chosen by a judging panel, not by Sense about Science.
Candidates will be judged on the strength of their nomination based on the below 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.

The prize will be awarded for specific achievements, and the decision will be final and not open to appeal. Prize Nominations are open now for all.

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.

Eligibility:

  • This is a global prize: people from any country and in any field can be nominated.
  • Nominations and supporting references must be submitted in English.
  • The John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science is awarded to an individual for any kind of public activity in any of the areas listed below: 1. Addressing misleading information about scientific issue (including social science and medicine). 2. Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate. 3. Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue.
  • An additional prize is awarded to an individual who in the opinion of the judges is at an early stage of their career. If the nominator thinks the nominated individual is at an early stage in their career then he is to highlight this on the nomination form as they will be eligible for the additional prize.
  • As a nominator one should normally be an individual who is familiar with the work of the candidate but self-nomination will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • Staff, trustees and directors of the supporting organisations and previous winners and previous or current members of the judging panel and their direct relations are not eligible for nomination for the prize, though they may nominate. It is open to anyone else, including those commended or nominated in previous years and people who have published with or worked with either organisation as contributors, advisers or in other collaborations.

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Application Deadline: July 19, 2019

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