Call for Nominations: John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science 2020

Deadline: May 11, 2020

Nominations are invited for the John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science 2020. The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility.

Sir John Maddox, whose name this prize commemorates, was a passionate and tireless champion and defender of science, engaging with difficult debates and inspiring others to do the same. As a writer and editor, he changed attitudes and perceptions, and strove for better understanding and appreciation of science throughout his long working life.

The John Maddox Prize awards evening is hosted at Wellcome Collection, London in November.


  • Winners receive £3,000.
  • An additional award is also made to someone who in the opinion of the judges is at an early stage of their career.


  • The John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science is awarded to an individual for any kind of public activity in any of the areas listed below:
    • Addressing misleading information about a scientific issue (including social science and medicine).
    • Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate.
    • Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue.
  • This is a global prize: people from any country and in any field can be nominated.

Judging Criteria

Nominated candidates for the John Maddox Prize will be judged on the strength of the nomination based on the following criteria:

  • How clearly the individual advanced the discussion of good science, despite challenges.
  • The nature of the challenge(s) faced by the individual.
  • How well they placed the evidence in the wider debate and engaged others.
  • Their level of influence on the public debate.


Click here to submit your nomination

For more information, visit John Maddox Prize.


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