As science communicators there are not many chances for our community to recognise and acknowledge the great contributors to Scicomm in Australia. There are very few awards especially for science communication, with categories like the Eureka Prize for Promoting Science Understading going to researchers who actively engage in communication. This is wonderful, as the work of STEM researchers who do this should be recognised and rewarded, but there’s not a lot of opportunity for recognition of science engagement practitioners per se.
The big exception to this is to congratulate Dr Karl on his outstanding achievement this year of being awarded the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science – the first Australian ever to receive the award.
But there’s so many people that work above and beyond at what they do, making huge impacts in the communities they work in. These are the people that the ASC Unsung Hero of Science Communication award wants to celebrate. So if you know of someone who maybe hasn’t got the recognition they deserve, nominate them now for our 2019 award, which will be announced at the ASC2020 Conference in February.
Details on nominations, including forms, can be found on the ASC website here. Nominations close 31 January 2020.
Written by Lisa Bailey