[ASC-list] Unsung Hero Award of Australian Science Communication

Sarah Lau SLau at chemcentre.wa.gov.au
Thu Dec 11 00:34:55 UTC 2014


 

The Australian Science Communicators

is proud to offer the

Unsung Hero Award of Australian Science Communication

 

The award will be announced in early 2015.

 

The Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication is an initiative of
the Australian Science Communicators. The ASC offers this award to
honour a person or group who exemplify science communication.

 

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Unsung Hero Award of Australian
Science Communication.

 

Criteria

The criteria for nomination for the Unsung Hero Australian Science
Communication are as follows:

 

1. Nominees (an individual or group) must be resident in Australia and
actively engaged in science communication, interpreted broadly to
include, but not limited to, pursuits such as:

*         teaching,

*         broadcasting,

*         script and book writing,

*         science shows,

*         science promotion and

*         interpretation of science within cultural institutions.

 

2. The work the nominee is being nominated for must have been carried
out in Australia.

 

3. Nominees should have not yet received significant recognition for
their contribution to science and its promotion. This will almost
certainly rule out a 'top' or popular science communicator. The nominee
should have shown that they regard science communication as an integral
part of scientific work.

 

4. Nominees should have a considerable or prolonged record (at least
several years) in science communication. 

 

The award is intended to recognise those whose contribution has been so
significant over a period of time that they should by now have been
recognised. It is unlikely that this would apply to a candidate whose
contribution, however significant, is of short duration.

 

5. Nominators must give careful consideration to what counts as
'science' - for example, nominees from technological or environmental
fields should be nominated not just on the basis of their contribution
to those particular fields, but because the scientific side of their
work is strong and their communication contributes to a better
understanding of the process and practice of science.

 

Notes:

This award may be made to a candidate whose work is specifically in
science education, promotion or communication in one or many fields
where the science component of their work is highly significant.

 

Benefits of the award

Ideally, the award may assist the recipient in their work, for example
by publicising a difficult issue or by recognising that they have been a
'lone and unpopular voice' in spite of their scientific achievements
being strong.

 

The award may also help a recipient to focus attention on their efforts
or give them greater credibility and help them overcome adverse or
unfair criticism.

 

Selection Process

Selection is based solely on the written information provided on the
nomination form.

 

A selection committee of representatives from the Australian Science
Communicators will assess all nominations and determine award
recipients.

 

In some instances the selection committee may request further
information before making their final decision.

 

The Australian Science Communicators reserves the right to make no
awards should the judges consider that the quality of candidates does
not warrant awards, or should the nominated candidate(s) not satisfy the
selection criteria.

 

Award Nominations

Requirements for Award Nomination

The nominator must be a financial member of the ASC, but the nominee
need not be a member. The nominator should first consult with the
nominee and referees to ensure the nominee is aware of, and gives
consent, to the application.

 

Each nomination must comprise a fully completed award nomination form.
Preferable length: 2 pages.

 

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 20th February 2015.

 

Nomination enquiries to

Sarah Lau

Secretary of the Australian Science Communicators

SLau at chemcentre.wa.gov.au 

 

Send completed nominations to

Kali Madden

Executive Officer - Australian Science Communicators

Email: office at asc.asn.au to submit entry

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