Last month to submit nominations for John Maddox Prize


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 28 June 2017
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Nominations are open for the 2017 John Maddox Prize. Sir John Maddox was an editor and writer who actively encouraged the proliferation of science, publicizing its importance. Therefore this prize is given to those who promote sound science on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so.

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Candidates will be judged on the strength of their nomination based on the below criteria:

• How clearly the individual communicated good science, despite adversity.
• The nature of adversity 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.

All sorts of activity will be taken in consideration, whether in writing or speaking form. Successful candidates will have addressed important issues, either by pointing out misleading information about scientific or medical issues; by bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate; or by helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue.

The award will be presented in November and the winner will be handed £2000. Since this is a global prize, nominees from all over the world will be considered. In order to enter the competition individuals have to be nominated by someone who is familiar with their work and want to contribute to its recognition. Nominations can be made until 31st July on the Sense about Science website.

The prize is a joint initiative of the science journal Nature – where John Maddox served as an editor for 22 years, the Kohn Foundation, and the charity Sense about Science.

Maddox Prize 2017 nominations, Sense about Science

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