2013 John Maddox Prize
The John Maddox Prize rewards 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.
- Addressing misleading information about scientific or medical issues in any forum.
- Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate.
- Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue.
The prize: £2000. The award is presented in November and an announcement of the winner will be published in Nature.
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.
The prize is a joint initiative of Nature, where Sir John was editor for 22 years; the Kohn Foundation; and Sense About Science, where he served as a trustee until his death in 2009.
Candidates for the John Maddox Prize must be nominated. 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 and in any country can be nominated.
The judging panel will consist of Tracey Brown (Sense About Science), Phil Campbell (Nature), Professor Martin Rees and Professor Colin Blakemore. 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.
The Award will be presented in November and the recipient of the Maddox Prize will receive £2000. An announcement of the winner will be published in Nature.Nomination
Researchers in any area of science or engineering are eligible to be nominated by persons based in the UK. 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. The individual nominated may be contacted for more information including references after the deadline has passed.
Staff, trustees and directors of the supporting organisations 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 organisation as contributors, advisers or in other collaborations.
Nomination is by online form. Nominations are now open, and close at 11:59pm on 20th August 2013. The winner will be notified in October 2013, and will be announced at the Sense About Science Annual Reception in November 2013.