The Josh Award 2015 - Call for applications

The Josh Award 2015

Call for applications for the Josh Award 2015 are now open.

Aim of the award

To recognise up-and-coming talent in science communication through an award scheme, nurture development in the field and support the involvement in the Manchester Science Festival.


• To recognise one outstanding contributor to science communication each year by means of a defining moment in their career.

• To assist them in the development of an innovative project or event for Manchester Science Festival as Science Communicator in Residence.

• To support their development through networking and skills training.

Who is the award for?

Science communication practitioners who can be full-time, part-time, or practising science communication through various aspects of their jobs, e.g. as a researcher at a University. We welcome applications from individuals and groups. The Award is open to anyone involved in science communication in the UK (and is a UK resident). 

About Josh

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 the British Interactive Group.

About Manchester Science Festival

Manchester Science Festival is a celebration of science. People are invited to play, create and experiment with science through beautiful installations, immersive science experiences, intriguing evening events, inspiring talks and debates, hands-on workshops and more. Manchester Science Festival is proudly produced by the Museum of Science & Industry.

About BIG

 The British Interactive Group is the skills-sharing network for people involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths. 

BIG runs regular events and training courses on issues relevant to science communication and informal science and maths education.

Their annual conference ‐ The BIG Event ‐ is regarded as one of the best science communication conferences in the UK as a source of best practice, skills‐sharing and networking. Members of the BIG community get access to news, discussion forums, training and events offering networking and sharing of information and views, as well as many other benefits such as free entry to UK science centres and museums. Find out more at

The Award

The winner will receive the following:

- Role as Manchester Science Festival Science Communicator in Residence for one year. This means you receive the support of the Manchester Science Festival team, members of BIG and previous Josh Award winners to develop and deliver an innovative and new project or event at Manchester Science Festival 2015.

- A free conference place at the BIG Event (in Norwich 22‐24 July) to network with and present to a diverse range of science communicators from across the sector.

- Up to £1000 to develop your project or event with Manchester Science Festival and up to £500 personal expenses budget (this

budget will be agreed and held by the Manchester Science Festival).

- Membership of BIG for one year.

- A personal prize cheque of £500 provided by the Josh Award Fund.

- The Josh Award trophy, held for one year.

The winner will be expected to:

• Develop and deliver a project/event for Manchester Science Festival (in agreement with the team) and act as Science Communicator in Residence at the Manchester Science Festival, which will take place from Thursday 22nd October to Sunday 1st November 2015.

• Accept the Josh Award and meet with the Josh Award Chairman at either Manchester Science Festival or the BIG Event in Norwich 22‐24 July.

• Write of a case study of the created event/activity which can be presented at the BIG conference and written in the BIG newsletter


• Applications open February 2015.

• Applications must be made using the nomination form (below) and e‐mailed to by 5pm on Friday 17th April 2015.

• Nominations will be considered by a selection panel, whose decision is final, and the 2015 winner will be notified by 18th May 2015.


February 2015: Launch (online and communications) and applicttions open

April 2015: Applications close

May 2015: Winner notified and announced

May – July 2015: Development of ideas

July 2015: Attendance at BIG Event, meet last year’s winner and confirm project and plan programme.

August – October: Planning and finalising project

October/November: Project or event to take place during Manchester Science Festival

November/December: Evaluation/de‐brief plus shared learning to be disseminated via BIG.

    Selection Panel

    • Timothy Phillips, Chairman

    • Natalie Ireland, Head of Learning and Public Programmes, Museum of Science and Industry

    • Marieke Navin, Manchester Science Festival Director

    • Karen Bultitude, Lecturer in Science Communication and Director of Research in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL .

    • James Piercy, Chair, BIG

    How to apply

    Please download the call for application here and the application form here.

    2014 Josh Award winner Sarah Bearchell with the trophy

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