EMBO rewards communicative scientist 5 000 euros17.05.2003 - (idw) EMBO - European Molecular Biology Organization
This year's deadline to apply for the EMBO communication award is August 31st. The award - a silver medal and 5 000 euros - is presented for an outstanding contribution to public communication in the life sciences. Practising scientists working in research in Europe or Israel are eligible for the award.
Communicating successfully with a non-scientific audience is very different from talking to colleagues: it is a skill that deserves to be promoted. The 27 outstanding entries in last year's competition were proof that scientists often communicate very successfully outside peer circles. "Many scientists clearly have the language skills required to communicate with the public and engage their interest. At present, it could not be more important to encourage such skills," says Andrew Moore, Manager for EMBO's Science & Society Programme. "A public that pays for excellent research should also expect excellent communication of that research, and this is what we want to support and reward."
For more details of the eligibility criteria, the requirements of the competition, and to obtain the application form, please visit:
There are no limitations to the form of communication used by entrants. The jury looks in particular for imaginative and original work. This could involve communication via printed and electronic media, radio, television, speeches on public occasions, out-reach and schools projects or other special initiatives. There is one winning application annually. The prize of 5 000 euros and a silver medal will be awarded in Heidelberg on November 23rd, 2003 during the EMBL/EMBO joint Science & Society conference on Genetics, Determinism and Human Freedom. Applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from an independent source.
EMBO Ellen Peerenboom (PhD)
Press & Public Relations Officer
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Science & Society Programme Manager
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