Candidates for the John Maddox Prize must be nominated. The nominator should normally be an individual who is familiar with the work of the candidate but self-nomination will be considered in exceptional circumstances. This is a global prize: people from any country and in any field can be nominated.
Individuals can be nominated for any kind of public activity in any of the following areas:
* Addressing misleading information about any 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.
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 who may be contacted for supporting information and comments regarding the candidate’s activities. Nominations and supporting references must be submitted in English. The individual nominated, the referee, and the nominator may be contacted for more information including references.
Staff, trustees and directors of the supporting organisations and previous or current members of the judging panel and their direct relations are not eligible for nomination for the prize, though they may nominate. It is open to anyone else, including people who have published with or worked with either organisation as contributors, advisers or in other collaborations. Previous winners are ineligible but those commended or nominated in previous years may be nominated again, if they fulfill the criteria in the current year.
The winner is chosen by a judging panel, not by Sense about Science. Judges sit in a personal capacity.
Candidates will be judged on the strength of their nomination based on the below criteria:
* How clearly the individual communicated good science, despite challenges.* The nature of the challenge(s) faced by the individual.* How well they placed the evidence in the wider debate and engaged others.* Their level of influence on the public debate.
The judges recognise that ‘standing up for science’ is likely to be controversial in the eyes of some. The prize will be awarded for specific achievements, and the decision will be final and not open to appeal.
Nominations close at 12pm (BST) on Monday 13th August 2018.