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 Institution of Environmental Sciences is therefore pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 John Rose Award to honour and publicise a piece of outstanding post-graduate environmental science research that will inform and motivate the general public.
The 2014 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.
"It was an honour to be awarded the John Rose award 2009 and I feel it will open many doors for my future career. The opportunity to make a video about my research is something I could not have done without the award. It is great to be able to make the general public aware of my research and how it will help the future stock enhancement and sustainability of one of our valuable seafood resources.” - The 2009 winner, Carly Daniels.
Closing Date for Applications: 11th August 2014.
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