The John Rose Award

As the 21st century unfolds, environmental science is becoming increasingly sophisticated and ever more relevant. There has never been a greater need for understanding and solutions, from society as well as specialists. The annual John Rose Award honours and gives wider publicity to a piece of outstanding post-graduate environmental science research.

The John Rose award champions the crucial role communication of environmental science research has in ensuring the well-being of humanity. The mission of the award is to ensure an exceptional piece of post-graduate research fulfils its potential by publicising it beyond the scientific community. A £1,000 grant will be awarded to a project that demonstrates innovative, quality research in environmental sciences. The grant will be used for media training and the dissemination of the winner’s project, aiding in promoting the work as widely as possible and so maximise its value.

The award’s professional media training is tailored for scientists, and will enhance the publication of the research. This will give the award winner the skills to convey their research in an engaging and accessible way for a wider audience. This is a rare opportunity to advance on graduate skills that may help to bridge the gap between study and employment. In environmental science, there is a pressing need for environmentalists to communicate effectively with media professionals and the wider public, so the media training will further professional development and supply valuable skills for a career in the environmental sciences.


"Thank you to the John Rose Award for enabling me to share my research with the wider audience, I could not have done this alone! It’s a great feeling to be able to engage the public with a topic that I find so interesting, and having the opportunity to make a short animated video clip [about it] almost brings my research to life. I’m so grateful to the John Rose Award and the IES, and I am sure that having this award will help in my future endeavours."
Alpa Patel, 2013 Winner. 


“Winning the John Rose Award in 2012 has definitely been a catalyst for my career. I was able to use the award to leverage further funding to turn the results of my PhD into fun images and an interactive website (‘Future Bristol’) for public engagement. The site has caught the attention of a range of people, has won international awards for design... It has also given me a platform to successfully bid for further research funding and begin to build a career in public engagement, climate change and low carbon futures... I was thrilled that winning the John Rose Award allowed me to do this, and that it has continued to lead to exciting opportunities. Thank you!”
The 2012 winner, Rose Bailey


“Speaking at the Royal Society and various user group meetings has been really cool and getting my research out into the public domain is very satisfying. The Award has really opened doors of opportunity to me... . I definitely think the John Rose Award helped me to secure [my] job. So thanks to you, and the IES for all your help.”
The 2008 winner, Samantha Lawrence.


Closing Date for Applications: Friday, 12th August 2016

The Ian McCrae Award

The aim of the IAQM Ian McCrae award is to recognise significant contribution to the air quality management community and, in particular,  the work of  practitioners. This award will be given to an individual member who can provide evidence that their contribution has made a difference.  Examples include:

  • Developed an air quality impact assessment tool that is freely available for used by practitioners;
  • Developed a new robust monitoring technique;
  • Persuaded a public or private sector organisation to trail an innovative emission control technique; and
  • Developed an air quality communication tool.

These example are just that; and there are likely to be other types of project that meet the aim of the award.

Applicants will need to submit the following information (maximum 450 words):

  1. Name
  2. Contact details
  3. Description of the project
  4. Evidence of the impact on the air quality management community / work of practitioners
  5. Two testimonials, with contact details (including telephone numbers), confirming that the individual did the work / or in the case of a team effort, made the major contribution, and that the description of the project and the evidence of impact is correct.

IAQM Members may submit their own application or on behalf of another member.  All grades of IAQM Membership may apply although where there is difficultly in differentiated the merits of two applications, preference will be given associates, to encourage those who are early in their career.  

The winner and runner-up will be presented with a trophy at the Routes to Clean Air Conference.

The closing date for applications is the 9th September, 2016.

2012 John Rose Winner

Bristol Futures The 2012winner launched an interactive website called Future Bristol (FutureBristol), aimed at exploring and communicating possible low carbon futures for Bristol as part of the city’s public engagement strategy for the 2015 European Green Capital bid.

After winning the £1,000 grant that accompanies the John Rose Award, Rose attracted further funding from Bristol City Council and the Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s Community Challenge Fund. This money allowed her to commission the construction of the website with artwork from Andy Council.

John Rose 2010 winner

John Rose 2009 winner