Sense about Science prize and workshop

24 Apr 2014

SCI is pleased to share the following news from our collaborative partner, Sense about Science:

Nominate a colleague for the 2014 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

Do you know someone who has promoted sound science and evidence?

Sir John Maddox (pictured), 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.

The John Maddox Prize will reward an individual who has promoted sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest. Its emphasis is on those who have faced difficulty or hostility in doing so. Nominations of active researchers who have yet to receive recognition for their public-interest work are particularly welcomed.

The prize is a joint initiative of Nature, where Sir John was editor for 22 years; the Kohn Foundation, whose founder Sir Ralph Kohn was a personal friend of Sir John's, particularly through their Fellowship of the Royal Society; and Sense About Science, where Sir John served as a trustee until his death in 2009.

The £2000 prize is presented in October and an announcement of the winner will be published in Nature.

The deadline for nominations is 11:59pm on 20 August 2014 BST.

Join Sense about Science at the next Standing up for Science media workshop.

Sense About Science will be holding a Standing up for Science media workshop at the Physiological Society, London on Friday 13 June. This full day event is free and for early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).

During the workshop we combine discussion about science-related controversies in media reporting with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media.

These workshops are very popular and places are limited. To apply send a CV and short cover letter explaining your reasons for applying to Victoria Murphy.

Closing date for applications is Friday 30 May.

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