Physics journalism prize 2013 now open for nominations

12 September 2013 | Source: IOP

The Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are delighted to announce that the nomination process for the IOP-STFC Physics Journalism Prize 2013 – which will reward one journalist with an expense-paid trip to Chicago – is now open.


Following on the success of last year - which saw Anil Ananthaswamy win the prize for his New Scientist feature ‘Hip Hip Array’ – the 2013 competition was opened at the British Science Association Festival in Newcastle last night, Wednesday 11 September.

The prize is designed to highlight the incredible work being undertaken by broadcast and print journalists who unravel the often complex details of physics, and reveal the all-pervasive impact physics research has on our lives – from the optical fibres connecting continents to the particle accelerators in our hospitals.

The winner of this year’s prize will receive an expenses-paid visit to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and attendance at the 2014 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago.

Professor John Womersley, particle physicist and Chief Executive of STFC, said, “Our aim is to highlight and celebrate the excellent work being undertaken by journalists writing about science. Physics research has led to some of the most exciting advances in science today and we want to encourage journalists to write about such scientific leaps forward in a way that brings those advances to life.

“This is our chance to celebrate those people in the media who are doing just that and whose writing can inspire and enthuse large numbers of people.”

The prize is for a work of journalism which is published or broadcast in English anywhere in the world, and which is accessible to the general public.

Eligible articles will cover physics research and related areas of technology, the working lives of physicists, engineers or other people working in physics, the application of physics in industry, or interdisciplinary research linking physics and other scientific disciplines.

The judges will include senior representatives from STFC, IOP, the Association of British Science Writers and the British Science Association.

The nomination process will close at 17.00 on Friday 13 December.

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