The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of an individual to promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. The prize advocates for the value of an open and honest environment for societies to discuss scientific evidence.
An initiative of the charity Sense about Science and the scientific journal Nature and now in its tenth year, the John Maddox Prize is awarded to one or two people each year for standing up for sound science in public. An additional award is also made to someone who in the opinion of the judges is at an early stage of their career.
Nominations illustrate a wide variety of circumstances faced by researchers and communicators around the world, and judges consider these in the round. They also consider:
The significance of an individual’s effort to advance the discussion of sound science in the public sphere.
The nature of the challenge(s) faced by the individual, whether they persevered and whether those challenges were beyond what would be expected in their position.
How well they placed the evidence in the wider debate and engaged others.
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