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The Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize 2021

 

 

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The application process for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes will open in July (date to be confirmed). Information below could change or be updated in the interim.

 

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

 

Eligibility criteria

  • 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.

 

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.

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

 

Criteria

The Prize will be judged on the applicant’s commitment and aptitude for science communication.

Applicants should present an application statement setting out (with cross references to an evidence portfolio):

  • Their approach to science communication, including how to identify appropriate means for engagement.  (600 words)
  • Summary of recent successful science communication or engagement activities with a diversity of audiences.   (500 words)r e
  • How the applicant intends to further their role in science communication in the future.  (500 words)

Assessment will include consideration of referee statements and an interview may be required. This will possibly be done using zoom.

 

Entry Process

  • All entries must be completed and received by 5pm 24 September
  • 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.
  • The referee will be expected to complete a referee form which asks them to address the selection criteria.

Please note that information provided in the nomination may be subject to the Official Information Act.

 

Selection Panel

  • An independent selection panel is selected by the secretariat. The panels are made up of scientists, researchers, past winners  etc representing a diverse range of knowledge, gender, ethnicity and regional representation.
  • 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 interests. In the case of knowing an applicant the Chair of the selection panel will rule if this is significant enough for the panelist to be stood down from the Panel for that applicant. (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). If there is a conflict of interest the panelist will stand down for that application.
  • 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 nominees, will not be disclosed.
  • If you require further information or have questions then please make contact with pmscienceprizes@royalsociety.org.nz

The Secretariat for the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes is  Royal Society Te Apārangi

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

Phone: (04) 470 5762
Email: pmscienceprizes@royalsociety.org.nz

 

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.

 

Expectations

  • 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 December/January 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.

 

Guidelines

  • You are a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident.
  • You are a practising scientist1 who can demonstrate an interest, passion and aptitude for science communication and public engagement or a person who has developed expertise in public engagement with, or communication of complex scientific or technological information to the public.
  • You have nominated a referee who has a solid understanding of your interest in communication and is able to give expert, current opinion.
  • You have submitted a CV
  • You have submitted an evidence portfolio.
  • Entries close at 5pm on 24 September 

To enter please click on ‘APPLY NOW