Call for Nominations: John Maddox Prize 2021: Apply by June 14


Nominations are now invited for the John Maddox Prize 2021. The John Maddox Prize recognizes the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility.

The John Maddox Prize is a joint initiative of the charity Sense about Science and the leading international scientific journal Nature. The Prize has been awarded annually since 2012 to researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning against fierce opposition and hostility. Each year there are one or two winners and an additional prize for an early career researcher.

The prize brings into the spotlight the difficulty faced by many who fight to share the results of research evidence and inspires and encourages people the world over to do the same. In 2019 there were over 200 nominations from 38 countries.


The John Maddox Prize awards evening is hosted at Wellcome Collection, London in November. Winners receive £3000 (winners in the public office usually waive this).

Eligibility Criteria
  • This is a global prize: people from any country and in any field can be nominated.
  • The significance of an individual’s effort to advance the discussion of sound science in the public sphere.
  • The nature of the challenge(s) faced by the individual, whether they persevered and whether those challenges were beyond what would be expected in their position.
  • How well they placed the evidence in the wider debate and engaged others
Call for Nominations

As a nominator, you should normally be an individual who is familiar with the work of the candidate but self-nomination will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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.

If you think the individual is at an early stage in their career then please highlight this on the nomination form as they will be eligible for the additional prize.

To submit your nominations, click here. The last date to submit your nominations is June 14, 2021,

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Call for Nominations: John Maddox Prize 2021

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