Te Puiaki Whakapā Pūtaiao The Science Communication Prize 

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Secretariat welcomes applications from those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility 

  • This Prize will be awarded to either a practising scientist1 who can demonstrate an interest, passion and aptitude for science communication and public engagement, or to a person who has developed expertise in public engagement with, or communication of complex scientific or technological information to the public.
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • Re-application by candidates from previous years is encouraged, as long as the eligibility criteria continue to be met. However, past winners of the Prize will not be eligible to enter a second time.

1Taken to include natural, physical, mathematical and information sciences, applied sciences, technology, engineering, social science and multi-disciplinary science

Value

  • The total of the Prize is worth $75,000.
  • $55,000 of the Prize is to be used to support the recipient to carry out a programme of activities/professional development to further their understanding of media communication.
  • $20,000 of the Prize money is available to the recipient with no expectations on its use.

Criteria

Applicants should present an application that answers the following criteria. (with cross references to an evidence portfolio):

  • Approach to science communication, including how to identify appropriate means for engagement.
  • Summary of recent successful science communication or engagement activities with a diversity of audiences.
  • How the applicant intends to further their role in science communication in the future including developmental activity if the application was successful.

The Prize will be judged on the applicant’s commitment and aptitude for science communication. Assessment will include consideration of referee statements and an interview may be required.

Entry Process

  • The process will involve applicants completing all forms through the portal.
  • Applicants will also need one current referee who must be knowledgeable about the applicant’s communication activities and is able to comment on their effectiveness.

Selection panel

Panellists are appointed by the Pou Whakahaere Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi based on the recommendation of the panel Chairs and secretariat. Appointments are made on a year-by-year basis for each calendar year. Panellists can be appointed for more than one year.  Panellists must be experienced in an appropriate field or community and may be drawn from outside New Zealand if necessary.

Panels will consist of established leaders and researchers in their field, their research and in their communities.  We will also aim to bring emerging people to panels to ensure diverse views and allow for the development of people and new talent.

In considering the suitability of potential panelists, the following requirements for panel composition is considered as appropriate:

  • Mix of discipline/expertise
  • Sector and institutional balance
  • Geographic representation
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender balance.

Royal Society Te Apārangi is committed to following best practice in being inclusive of diversity within our activities.

It is recognised that occasionally members of the selection panel will know applicants or have other conflicts of interest. They will be expected to declare all such knowledge and conflicts of interest. In cases where an applicant is the colleague of a panelist, the Chair of the selection panel will rule if this conflict is significant enough for the panelist to be stood down from the panel for that entry. (In the case of the Chair having a conflict of interest the decision will be made by another member of the panel who has been identified in this role at the beginning of the process).

The selection panel will not enter into any correspondence concerning its deliberations. All inquiries should be directed to the secretariat. Note that information on matters such as ranking, or names of unsuccessful entrants, will not be disclosed.

Panel Members 2021

Dr Rangi Matamua  (Chair)

Natalie Mankelow

Professor Shaun Hendy

Hone Paul

Dr Gerardine Clifford Lidstone

Dr Cornel de Ronde

Secretariat

Ko te Kaiwhakahaere the Secretariat for The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes is Royal Society Te Apārangi.  Contact details are:

Te Kaiwhakahaere the Secretariat
The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes
C/-Royal Society Te Aparangi
PO Box 598
Wellington

Waea telephone: (04) 470 5762

Īmēra email: pmscienceprizes@royalsociety.org.nz

Referees

  • This Prize requires one referee who has a solid understanding of your interest in communication and is able to give expert, current opinion.

Confidentiality

The Secretariat gives no undertaking to keep confidential any information that is provided in the nomination form unless this is identified as information that should be treated as such. It may, for example, be used to prepare promotional material for the Prize in future years.

Please note that information submitted in the entry form may be subject to the Official Information Act.

Expectations

  • $55,000 of the Prize is to be used to support the recipient to carry out a programme of activities/professional development to further their understanding of media communication.
  • The recipient of the Prize would be expected to be involved in promotional opportunities appropriate to receiving The Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize.

Announcement

  • The Winner is expected to make themselves available for half a day in January/February to meet with the Prime Minister’s Science Prize media liaison personnel in preparation of media material and photos.
  • The Winner will be announced in February/March/April  (date to be confirmed) and the winner is expected to make themselves available.

Need help?  Have other pātai questions?

Ngā Kaiwhakahaere the Secretariat for The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes is Royal Society Te Apārangi.  Contact details are:

Ngā Kaiwhakahaere the Secretariat
The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes
C/-Royal Society Te Aparangi
PO Box 598
Wellington

Waea telephone: (04) 470 5762

Īmēra email: pmscienceprizes@royalsociety.org.nz

Closing

  • Entries close at 5.00pm 15 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2021.

How to apply

Once you have read all the information above and are ready to read about the Application Process please click  APPLY NOW‘ 

 

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