The John Maddox Prize recognizes the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Nominations are open for 2018.
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.
Award: The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives £3000, and an announcement of the winner is published in Nature. The award is presented each year at a reception in November.
The nominator should normally be an individual who is familiar with the work of the candidate but self-nomination will be considered in exceptional circumstances. This is a global prize: people from any country and in any field can be nominated.
Individuals can be nominated for any kind of public activity in any of the following areas:
- Addressing misleading information about scientific issues (including social science and medicine).
- Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate.
- Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue.
Nominations are to take the form of a letter of recommendation and include biographical information on the candidate and a description of the candidate’s work in standing up for science. Permission must be sought from the nominee. If possible, a supporting referee should be included in the nomination form who may be contacted for supporting information and comments regarding the candidate’s activities. Nominations and supporting references must be submitted in English. The individual nominated, the referee and the nominator may be contacted for more information including references.
Staff, trustees, and directors of the supporting organizations 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 people who have published with or worked with either organization as contributors, advisers or in other collaborations. Previous winners are ineligible but those commended or nominated in previous years may be nominated again, if they fulfill the criteria in the current year.
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Application Deadline: August 13th, 2018.
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