The Josh Award 2017

The Josh Award is the UK’s national award in science communication, established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication.

The award provides the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival, developing and delivering a new project or event while showcasing best practice in the field of science communication.

The winner receives support to nurture their development in the field and their involvement in the Manchester Science Festival from the Festival team, the University of Salford’s Science Communication cluster, and the BIG STEM Communicators Network. 

The Award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Museum of Science and Industry. Josh was a much loved, much respected and highly talented science communicator whose outstanding career is commemorated with this award. Josh was also Chair of BIG at the time of his passing.

The Prize

  • Role as Manchester Science Festival Science Communicator in Residence for 2017. The winner will receive the support of the Manchester Science Festival team, members of BIG and previous Josh Award winners to develop and deliver an innovative and creative new project or event at Manchester Science Festival.
  • Up to £2500 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £1000 personal expenses budget. Please note this budget will be agreed and held by the Manchester Science Festival and the University of Salford.
  • Attendance at the annual BIG Event (conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300) to network with and present to a diverse range of science communicators from across the sector. The 2017 BIG Event will take place from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st July 2017 at Life Science Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  • A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award
  • The Josh Award trophy, held for one year

    Selection Panel 

    • Timothy Phillips, Chairman (Josh's Father)
    • Antonio Benitez, Manchester Science Festival
    • Bridget Holligan, Chair of BIG Executive Committee
    • Penelope Hill, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
    • James Piercy, science made simple
    • Professor Andy Miah, previous award winner and lecturer at the University of Salford.

    How to Apply

    Please apply for the award by downloading the application form here.

    Past Winners 


    Chris Smith, Cambridge University and The Naked Scientist


    Karen Bultitude, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, UCL


    David Price, Science Presenter, Science Made Simple


    Steve Cross, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and Science ShowOff


    Matt Parker, Standup Maths and Festival of the Spoken Nerd


    Award under review, no Award offered this year.


    Aravind Vijayaraghavan, Graphene research, University of Manchester


    Sarah BearchellScience Presenter, Sarah’s Adventures in Science


    Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, University of Salford


    Katie Steckles, Self-confessed “Mathematician/Enthusiast” based in Manchester


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