The Josh Award
The Josh Award is the UK’s national award in STEM communication, established to recognise and encourage talented practitioners, who are in their early professional career, to pursue innovation and creativity in science communication and engagement.
The Josh Award provides the opportunity to further develop the winner’s STEM communication skills, networks and awareness of the industry, with support from teams at the Science Museum Group and the BIG STEM Communicators Network.
The winner will also develop and deliver a new project or event for the Science and Industry Museum’s holiday programme (between Saturday 19 October – Sunday 3 November in Manchester), showcasing best practice in the field of STEM communication. They will have the opportunity to use their learning by being involved in the development of the programme for Manchester Science Festival 2020 in an advisory capacity.
The objectives of the Josh Award are to:
- Strengthen the innovative and creative practice of STEM communication
- Support the development of an innovative project or event for the Science and Industry Museum’s holiday programme in Manchester
- Develop the winner’s professional network, by providing partnership opportunities and skills training
- Enhance the winner’s experience through their involvement in the development of the programme for a large-scale science festival in 2020
- Who is the Josh Award for?
Practitioners of STEM communication, who are in the early stages of their career. For example, you may be full-time, part-time, a volunteer or practicing science communication through various aspects of your job, e.g. an artist/creative practitioner working with STEM, a freelance Science Communication Professional, a Science Centre Presenter, or a researcher at a university. We welcome applications from individuals and groups. All applicants must be UK residents.
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 Josh Award winner will receive:
- Up to £2500 to develop their project or event to be part of the Science and Industry Museum Holiday Programme for 2019 in Manchester. Please note this budget includes all the costs and expenses (i.e. resources, travel and accommodation) for the project and will be agreed and held by the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
- Support from the Science Museum Group to further develop your winning proposal, as necessary, to fit logistics and practicalities of working in a museum setting
- Opportunities for personal and professional development within the Science Museum Group. This means the winners will have the opportunity to be involved in the development of the programme for Manchester Science Festival 2020 in an advisory role. They may also attend training sessions with the SMG Academy
- Attendance at the annual BIG Event (full conference fee and annual membership provided by BIG, worth around £300 but this does not include travel expenses) to network with and present to a diverse range of science communicators from across the sector. The 2019 BIG Event will take place from 17th to 19th July 2019 at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh
- A personal prize cheque of £500 from the Josh Award Fund
- The Josh Award trophy, to hold for one year and hand on to next year's winner at the 2020 BIG Event
The winner will be expected to:
- Develop and deliver in Manchester a project or event for the Science and Industry Museum’s October half term, which meets the Award's selection criteria
- Meet expected deadlines and make themselves available for key dates agreed in advance
- Proactively participate in relevant personal and professional development opportunities provided by the Science Museum Group
- Deliver the annual Science Communication lecture about their project
- Attend BIG Event 2019, present a case study of their created event/project and write it up for inclusion in the BIG newsletter.
- Accept the Josh Award at the BIG Event and meet Josh Award Chairman there and at the Science and Industry Museum
- Receive the personal prize cheque from the Josh Award Fund
- Be part of the selection panel for Josh Award 2020
- Feed into the development of the programme for Manchester Science Festival 2020
- Timothy Phillips, Chairman Josh Award Foundation
- Holly Jones, Manchester Science Festival Programme Coordinator
- Helen Featherstone, Chair BIG
- James Piercy, Science Communication Practitioner
- Matthew Allen, Josh Award 2018 Winner
- A representative from the Science and Industry Museum
- Dr Sara Namvar from the University of Salford
The Josh Award Winner's Timetable
- June - August 2019: Attend two planning meetings with the team from Science and Industry Museum in Manchester to develop their event/project and to attend relevant personal and professional development opportunities
- ·17 - 19 July 2019: Attend BIG Event. Present their winning project/event and their work generally
- August - October 2019: Finalise project or event with the Science and Industry Museum team and attend any relevant personal and professional development opportunities
- October 2019: Give Josh Award Lecture on what their event or project is all about and why it’s exciting
- 19 October - 3 November 2019: Event/project takes place at Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
- November - December 2019: Event review and de-brief, plus shared learning to be disseminated via BIG
- January - May 2020: Be involved in the development of the programme for Manchester Science Festival 2020 in an advisory role
How to Apply
Please visit the Manchester Science Festival website to apply before the deadline of 24 April 2019.
Take a look at how some of our previous winners
benefited from receiving The Josh Award.