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The Josh Award 


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 his passing.

The Prize

  • Role as Manchester Science Festival Science Communicator in Residence in October of the same year. 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.
  • 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

Nominations have now closed for the 2017 award. To apply for next year, you will need to fill out an application form, which will be available here in Spring 2018.

Take a look at how some of our previous winners benefited from receiving The Josh Award.

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