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03 Feb 2009

Nominations sought for British Science Festival Award Lectures.

The Award Lectures are prestigious awards presented to young scientists who are particularly gifted at presenting their research to a non-specialist audience. The selected Award Lecturers will be invited to present at the British Science Festival in Surrey between 5 and 10 September.

The British Science Festival attracts tens of thousands of people and generates thousands of column inches in the national, regional and international press. The Award Lectures tend to receive excellent publicity and are also a very popular component of the programme among a wide audience.

There are five different Award categories:

  • Joseph Lister Award - Social sciences
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award - Engineering, technology and industry
  • Charles Lyell Award - Environmental sciences
  • Charles Darwin Award - Agricultural, biological and medical sciences
  • Lord Kelvin Award - Physical sciences and mathematics

When considering who you might nominate you should consider the following questions:

  • Will the content and topic appeal to a broad range of people?
  • Is the speaker skilled in presenting to a broad, general audience?
  • Is the topic pressworthy?
  • Will the speaker be able to present new research on which they are working?
  • Could there be an interactive element to the presentation?
  • Will the speaker be under 40 on 10 September 2009?

You can find more information at:

Deadline for nominations is 27 February 2009.