What’s all this about £500 prize money?

The £500 is to be spent on a science communication project, to publicise or communicate your research or research area.

This could mean lots of things – visiting schools, arranging class visits to a laboratory, creating a website, taking an exhibit to a festival, printing leaflets, making a video or podcasts, commissioning a poem, painting a mural – any form of science communication.

Some previous examples include:

  • Buying equipment to allow a research oceanography vessel to communicate with school students
  • Funding a community open day for mothers and children involved in a medical research project to find out about the research and get health advice
  • Giving the money to a school in Uganda to pay for science kits and a projector to watch science films on
  • Funding scientist visits to schools, or school visits to labs
  • Buying a touchscreen for a local zoo, to help show visitors more about the primate research done there

How do I tell I’m a Scientist how I’ve spent the money?

The £500 prize is, effectively, a small grant for communicating science. But unlike other grants we don’t expect a big evaluation report or detailed receipts for your spending.

We just ask for you let us know how you’ve used your prize winnings to communicate your work. We would love you to write a brief report (less than one page/one or two paragraphs) including photos or other media to accompany it. We will post this on the site blog (www.imascientist.org.uk/news) to update the students on how you’ve spent your winnings.

Some examples of winners reports are Martin CoathKaty Milne and Andrew Maynard.

Please also include a basic breakdown of how you spent the money, such as:

£200 Buying video equipment
£50 Travel expenses
£250 Editing the video
Please email your (brief!) reports to Antony (antony@mangorol.la).

When do I have to spend the money?

There’s no deadline for when you must have spent the money, but please keep us informed of your plans.

But most of all, enjoy using the money for science communication!