Science is the engine of prosperity and change. How do we ensure that it changes society for the best? As the UK government’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir Mark Walport said, “science is not finished until it’s communicated.” Without scientists communicating their findings to a wider audience, the life-changing research they do would remain a mystery to society. And early career researchers are the key to unraveling this mystery and pushing for tomorrow’s progress.
Making science more open is at the center of it all. We’re talking about encouraging collaborations, but also breaking down barriers and reaching more people. Brilliant scientists are already leading the way. Take Mat Allen, for example. Day to day he is completing a Ph.D. at Cardiff University on Galaxy research, but online he becomes UKAstroNut, explaining to tens of thousands of YouTubers why we can see the moon during the day, and developing virtual and augmented reality apps, all designed to educate and inspire children about science.
Mat is the winner of the inaugural Researchers’ Choice Communication Award. Now, we’re on the hunt for this year’s winner. We know that alongside producing amazing life-changing research, researchers do a huge amount of behind the scenes communication outreach, to help put science at the forefront of the public mind. The Researchers’ Choice Communication Award is here to provide the recognition that these researchers deserve.
We’re looking for early career researchers who are fantastic at communicating their scientific work to the public, going above and beyond the publication of their academic advances. To be eligible for the award they must be currently living in the UK, affiliated with a UK university, and have begun publishing no earlier than 2015. We want to see evidence of their amazing communications skills, demonstrating they have gone beyond the publication of their research papers and used any kind of public activity to help people make sense of complex scientific topics, or address misleading information about scientific or medical issues.
Nominating a researcher for the RCCA – How does it work?
- Nominations open on Wednesday 28th March 2018
- Post the nomination directly to the dedicated Mendeley group
- Those new to Mendeley will either need to sign up for a free account or email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You cannot nominate yourself
- Include the following information as part of the nomination:
- Summary of nomination (250 words max)
- Links to evidence of good work (e.g. research, speeches, blog posts, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) Only content clearly listed as part of the nomination will be used for final review
- Nominations deadline extended to Friday 29th June 2018
- Invite peers and colleagues to ‘like’ the nomination;
- Every ‘like’ counts as a vote;
- Nominations with the most ‘votes’ will be shortlisted.
Three shortlisted candidates and their nominators will be invited to the Early Career Researcher UK Awards 2018 ceremony.
A panel of judges will review a shortlist of candidates, and the winner will be announced at this year’s Awards ceremony at the Royal Society in London on 4th October 2018.
If you have any questions relating to the Awards or the nomination process, feel free to post on the group and we’ll get back to you.