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Brian Cox Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research: Application guidelines and form

Updated on 1 November 2022

Individuals or groups of people working at the School of Life Sciences can apply for the Brian Cox Prize for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research. This recognises and rewards the School’s outstanding communicators in improving understanding of the School’s research to a wider audience.

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The School of Life Sciences is pleased to announce the annual Brian Cox Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research. The winner will be presented with the award at the School’s Review of the Year in January 2023.

Nominations are invited for an:

  • individual communicator or
  • team of communicators

from within the School of Life Sciences that have made outstanding contributions to public outreach activities within the last two years.

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee/s or by a third party.

About the award

The annual Brian Cox Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research recognises and rewards the School’s outstanding communicators in improving understanding of the School’s research to a wider audience.

  • The award is open to any individual or groups of people working at the School of Life Sciences and covers the broad scope of Public Engagement activities.
  • These activities must have the objective of connecting with the public to allow the creation and sharing of knowledge, widen our reach and meet the needs of those we interact with, inspire participation in science and make science relevant for everyone. Not only will this allow us to enhance the public’s understanding and awareness of research performed at the School and the impact this research has on our everyday lives but allow our research to benefit from engagement with the wider community.
  • Activities could include; working with schools and teachers, working with community groups, organising or participating in public events such as demonstrations, debates and lectures or publishing & broadcasting (in any media).

If you have further queries or would like advice on your nomination please email SLS-PublicEngagement@dundee.ac.uk.

Prize

The winner of Engaged Researcher will receive a certificate plus a gold or silver “Science for All” badge.

For the winner of Project of the Year, all members of the team listed in the application will receive a certificate and a “Science for All” badge. The project lead will have the choice of a gold or silver “Science for All” badge.

If possible, the winners will have the option to give a presentation or present a poster at the School of Life Sciences Symposium about the public engagement work that they have undertaken or give an overview of their winning project.

Eligibility

The School of Life Sciences wishes to recognise current members of staff or enrolled students within the School community who have made an outstanding impact with their public engagement activities in the last two years.

The focus of this activity must have been communicating the School’s research to public audiences or organisation.

Members of staff or students not directing or participating in their own research activities are eligible. However, the main focus of the public engagement should be research performed at the School.

We welcome nominations that detail the breadth and depth of research performed at the School of Life Sciences.

Any current member of School of Life Sciences staff or enrolled students may nominate. Self-nominations are welcomed.

The selection process

All nominations will be ranked by a judging panel comprised of:

  • Chair of Panel - Prof. Nicola Stanley-Wall, Academic Lead for Public Engagement;
  • Dr. Nicola Weichens, Research Staff Representative;
  • Thibault Rosazza, Research Student Representative;
  • Prof Fordyce Davidson, External Staff Representative

Application form