Nominations for the John Maddox Prize 2020 open

Researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning can be nominated until 11 May 2020.

Nominations are open for the eighth annual John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science, which is a joint initiative between the charity Sense about Science and the leading international scientific journal, Nature. The prize recognises the work of individuals anywhere in the world who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Each year there is one winner, and an additional prize for an early career researcher. In 2019 there were over 200 nominations from 38 countries.

Our brilliant judging panel from 2019 has returned, with two new additions, Professor Terrence Forrester, Chief Scientist & Managing Director, UWI Solutions for Developing Countries at the University of the West Indies and Professor Dennis Lo, Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences. See the full list of judges.

This prize commemorates Sir John Maddox, who was a passionate and tireless communicator, a defender of science, and a writer and editor at Nature for 22 years. Sir John engaged with difficult debates and encouraged others to do the same. The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives £3000, and the award is presented at a reception hosted at Wellcome Collection in November.

Read about past winners.

Find out how to nominate.

Published 9 March 2020