Honorary Fellowship nominations 2020
An Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour that the British Science Association can confer on to an individual.

Each year, supporters of the British Science Association (BSA) are invited to nominate individuals to be considered as Honorary Fellows. These are people who embody the BSA’s vision and mission, supporting the organisation’s goal of putting science at the heart of culture and society.

This could be in a variety of ways, such as: bringing science to the public in a clear and engaging way; challenging the stereotypes of what a scientist looks like; and furthering the inclusion and diversity of science in society.

Previous Honorary Fellows of the Association have included Sir David Attenborough, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, Dr Helen Sharman, Professor Alice Roberts, Sir Paul Nurse and Wayne McGregor, for example.

This year, the BSA’s Council (our Board of Trustees) has taken a decision to focus this accolade – the highest honour the Association can confer on an individual – on people playing a leading role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the last three months, we have seen increased visibility of science’s role in our everyday lives in the context of public health. All of us have had conversations with loved ones and friends about the impact that the virus is having on us, and many people are more engaged in science and public health than we were before. 

We are also seeing long-standing issues in science and society thrown into sharp relief, such as the disproportionately severe effects on minority ethnic groups, lower trust in science-based messaging among historically under-served groups, the distrust caused by changes in the ‘facts’, and the spread of misinformation among unverified sources of information.

For many families and communities, this frightening pandemic has been a source of tragedy, hardship and distress.

And that is why we have decided to use our annual Honorary Fellowships this year to celebrate people who are making an outstanding contribution to public engagement and science communication in the context of the coronavirus crisis.

The following criteria need to be met in order for a nomination to qualify:

• Nominations should demonstrate the nominee’s contribution to public engagement and science communication in the context of the coronavirus crisis.

• Self-nomination for a fellowship is not permitted.

• Nominators must declare any conflicts of interest e.g. if the nominee and nominator are related or work together.

• The nominator cannot be anonymous. The nomination will not be permitted.

• All sections of the form below must be completed for the nomination to be considered.
Nominations must be received by 10.00 on Monday 8 June 2020.
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