[ASC-list] Astronomy communication award - nominations open
Helen.Sim at csiro.au
Wed Feb 11 00:23:26 UTC 2009
Dr Tanya Hill, ASA Prizes and Awards Coordinator
03 9392 4503
thill at museum.vic.gov.au
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ASTRONOMY COMMUNICATION AWARD
Entries are now open for the David Allen Prize, awarded by the
Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) for exceptional achievement
in astronomy communication.
“The David Allen Prize rewards those who work hard to explain the
amazing stories of astronomical discovery and who share their
knowledge with the wider public” says ASA President, Professor
Warrick Couch. “I encourage all interested astronomers, science
communicators, journalists, documentary makers and academics to enter
and show the important role they play in building an understanding of
astronomy amongst the public.”
The Prize is particularly important in 2009, as the world celebrates
the International Year of Astronomy and 400 years since Galileo first
turned a telescope to the sky.
Previous winners of the David Allen Prize are: Australia’s most
experienced astro-journalist Jonathan Nally (2001) and Professor Fred
Watson (2003), Astronomer-in-Charge at the Anglo-Australia Telescope
and highly-renowned author and guest speaker.
The International Year of Astronomy aims to reconnect people with the
night sky and highlights the contributions astronomy has made to our
society and culture.
“Throughout history astronomy has been responsible for some of the
most significant changes to the course of humanity and the way we see
ourselves” said Nally. “But it’s not enough for scientists to make
their breakthroughs and increase their own knowledge. Those
breakthroughs must be shared with the wider world.”
The Prize is named in honour of David Allen, who was a highly
innovative and prolific astronomer. He was among the founding group
of astronomers at the Anglo-Australian Observatory and worked there
from 1975 until his untimely death in 1994, at the age of 47. He was
the winner of the 1993 Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science.
In 2009, the judging panel for the David Allen Prize includes
Jonathan Nally and Dr Graham Phillips, astrophysicist and Presenter
of ABC TV’s Catalyst. Closing date for nominations is 23 March 2009
and entry details can be found at: asa.astronomy.org.au/DAP
The Prize consists of a plaque together with an award of $5,000.
Presentation of the Prize will occur at the Annual Scientific Meeting
of the ASA to be held in Melbourne in July 2009.
Public Relations and Media Liaison
CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility (email: Helen.Sim at csiro.au)
Anglo-Australian Observatory (email: hsim at aao.gov.au)
Single Point of Contact (SPOC) in Australia for the 2009
International Year of Astronomy
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