John Maddox Prize 2020 for individuals promoting science (£3000 prize)


Application Deadline: May 11th 2020

The John Maddox prize is a joint initiative of the charity Sense about Science and the leading international scientific journal Nature. The Prize has been awarded annually since 2012 to researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning against fierce opposition and hostility. Each year there is one winner, and an additional prize for an early career researcher.

The prize brings into the spotlight the difficulty faced by many who fight to share the results of research evidence, and inspires and encourages people the world over to do the same. In 2019 there were over 200 nominations from 38 countries.

Sir John Maddox, whose name this prize commemorates, was a passionate and tireless champion and defender of science, engaging with difficult debates and inspiring others to do the same. As a writer and editor, he changed attitudes and perceptions, and strove for better understanding and appreciation of science throughout his long working life.


The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives £3000. The award is presented at a reception hosted at Wellcome Collection in November.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the John Maddox Prize 2020


  1. […] Le prix John Maddox est une initiative conjointe de l’association caritative Sense about Science et de la principale revue scientifique internationale Nature. Le prix est décerné chaque année depuis 2012 à des chercheurs qui ont fait preuve de beaucoup de courage et d’intégrité en défendant la science et le raisonnement scientifique contre l’opposition et l’hostilité féroces. Chaque année, il y a un ou deux lauréats et un prix supplémentaire pour un chercheur en début de carrière. […]


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