Nominations are invited for the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science 2021.
The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is an international award to reward exceptional contributions made by individuals in communicating science to society and promoting the popularization of science.
It is awarded to persons who have had a distinguished career as writer, editor, lecturer, radio, television, or web programme director, or film producer in helping interpret science, research and technology to the public.
UNESCO Kalinga Prize winners know the potential power of science, technology, and research in improving public welfare, enriching the cultural heritage of nations and providing solutions to societal problems on the local, regional and global level.
Many past Prize winners have been scientists in their own right, while others have been trained in journalism or have been educators or writers. Some have also been Nobel Prize winners. Previous laureates include Sir Julian Huxley, Margaret Mead and Sir David Attenborough.
Who can Apply?
The Prize rewards writers, editors, lecturers, radio/television/web programme directors or film producers who have devoted their career to interpreting science, research and technology for the general public. Applicants do not need to have a science degree or to conduct research.
- Writers, editors, lecturers, radio/television programme directors or film producers who have devoted their career to interpreting science, research and technology for the general public.
- The applicant does not need to have a science degree.
- This prize does not reward research.
- This prize does not reward formal teaching (in a school/university), nor curriculum development for the formal learning sector.
- Candidates are submitted by the government through the country’s National Commission for UNESCO.
- Each National Commission for UNESCO shall propose a candidate on the basis of recommendations from: national associations for the advancement of science or other science associations, and/or national associations of science writers or scientific journalists.
- Each Member State may propose a single candidature consisting of one individual only.
- Candidatures sent directly to UNESCO by individuals will not be accepted.
The laureate is selected by the Director-General of UNESCO upon the recommendation of a Jury of five members. This Jury, composed of recognised personalities in the field, is designated by the Director-General on the basis of equitable geographical distribution.
By early July 2021, the jury members will receive all applications for evaluation. In September, the jury will meet at UNESCO to present the results of the evaluation to the Director-General and issue their recommendations for a laureate.
How to Apply?
The application dossier should preferably be submitted online through this platform.
The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is awarded biennially. The deadline for the call for nominations is 17 May 2021.
The Prize is destined to candidates having contributed significantly to the popularization of science. The Prize may be awarded only to individuals. A work produced by a group of people shall not be considered.
Nominations shall be submitted to the Director-General by the governments of the UNESCO Member States and the Observer States, in consultation with their Permanent Delegations and National Commissions, or through Non-Governmental Organizations maintaining formal relations with UNESCO. A self-nomination cannot be considered. Each Member State and Non-Governmental Organization may designate one candidate.
About the Candidates
- The Prize rewards writers, editors, lecturers, radio/television/web programme directors or film producers who have devoted their career to interpreting science, research and technology for the general public;
- The applicant does not need to have a science degree;
- This prize does not reward research;
- This prize does not reward formal teaching (at school/university), nor curriculum development for the formal learning sector.
Each application dossier shall include the following documents, in English or French:
- Nomination letter by Permanent Delegation of Member or Observer State to UNESCO, National Commission for UNESCO, or Non-Governmental Organisations maintaining formal relations with UNESCO;
- Description of the nominee’s academic/professional background;
- Summary of the work or the results of the work on the popularization of science;
- Description of how the submitted work has contributed to the popularization of science;
- List of enclosed annexes (publications, books, digital supports, media articles, etc.);
- List of translations.
Applications should be addressed to the Secretariat of the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science:
Mr Yoslan Nur
Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building
Natural Sciences Sector
7 Place Fontenoy
75732 Paris Cedex 07 SP
May 17, 2021
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