THE JOSH AWARD
What is the Josh Award?
The Josh Award is a national prize for early-career science communicators who are passionate about continuing to work in this field in the future, including students, volunteers, researchers or creatives.
The Award is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips, who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Manchester Science and Industry Museum. He proposed and ran the first Manchester Science Festival.
Josh was a much loved, much respected and highly talented science communicator, whose outstanding career is commemorated with this Award. Josh was the Chair of BIG at the time of his death.
The Award is for Science and Showmanship, targeted to help stimulate and lead to a better future: fun with a purpose!
If you have an idea for a show-stopping science communication activity, the Josh Award can provide the platform, experience and support to help you bring it to reality.
What is the prize?
The Josh Award Winner will receive:
Thus, the total prize fund can be up to £4,800 + invaluable support from sci-comm professionals
Who is it for?
Practitioners in the early stages of their career, to enhance how they engage people with STEAM.
We welcome applicants who will bring a valuable difference to our sector, either through the audiences they work with or via their own leading edge creative practice, or both! So, you may be a:-
We welcome applications from both individuals and groups, and accept initial nominations.
The Award is open to anyone involved in STEAM communication in the UK and is a UK resident.
What is the purpose of the Award?
To recognise and nurture emerging talent within contemporary STEAM communication and engagement, prioritising innovation and creative practice, so as to foster involvement in and a deeper understanding of science**, across many community sectors, including the harder to reach ones.
What are the objectives of the Award?
Read all about the previous winners of the Josh Award, here
How do I apply?
The winner is chosen by the Judging Panel, made up of: The Association for Science Discovery Centres, the UK Science Festivals Network, the BIG STEM Communicators Network, the Josh Award Foundation, and the previous Winner, by judging the applicant's potential and the potential of their proposed activity.
The Josh Award is sponsored by the Association for Science Discovery Centres (ASDC), the UK Science Festivals Network, (UKSFN), and by the BIG STEM Communicators Network (BIG).
Jon Chase accepting the Josh Award in 2017