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 John Maddox Prize recognizes the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics.
The prize is a joint initiative of Sense about Science and the science journal Nature. The late Sir John Maddox, FRS, was editor of Nature for 22 years and a founding trustee of Sense about Science. His daughter Bronwen Maddox is the patron of the prize.
This is a global prize: people from any country and in any field can be nominated.
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:
- Addressing misleading information about scientific issue (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.
An additional prize is awarded to an individual who in the opinion of the judges is at an early stage of their career.
The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives £3000, and an announcement of the winner is published in Nature.
Candidates must be nominated. Click here for the nomination form.
Nominations close at 12pm (BST) on Friday 19th July 2019.
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