The Warsash Science Communication Prize in Optics is open to student and early career researcher (ECR) members of the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society (ANZOS). The intention of the prize is to encourage the wider promotion of science and the importance of optics and photonics through accessible writing and/or non-traditional forms of communication.
From 2022, submissions will be accepted in two categories judged separately: an essay-based category and an online-media based category. Submissions may come from an individual or a small team.
The two $500 prizes are sponsored by Warsash Scientific Pty Ltd.
The Prize is judged by a committee appointed by the ANZOS Council including a representative from Warsash.
Beginning in 2022, there are two categories of entry for this prize. In either category, submissions must be based on a piece of high-quality research in any area of optics and photonics in which the applicant(s) played a critical role and which has been accepted for publication in a refereed journal (conference publication is not sufficient).
Submissions in the essay-based category consist of a 500-800 word article introducing the published research and explaining its potential impact on the field or the wider community. The article must be written in non-technical language suitable for an educated but non-specialist audience. You might choose the style of a newspaper article, a popular science magazine like Cosmos or New Scientist, or an online science blog.
Submissions in the online-media category will be accepted in a range of formats including an animated or live youtube video, an interactive web page, a short audio podcast, or an online game. Very short form media such as TikTok videos are also possible, though it is likely that a sequence of several videos would be required to communicate a sufficient amount of detail about the work being described. For video and audio formats, the maximum total playing time should not exceed 5 minutes. The intention is to be as inclusive in form as possible to encourage innovation and experimentation with new forms of science communication. Submissions must remain of a professional nature with content that could be suitable for use in schools or undergraduate teaching. The material must be accessible via a web-browser. There are no requirements as to whether or not the material is currently accessible to the public on the web.
Applicants agree that their submissions may be published in ANZOS News at the discretion of the ANZOS News Editor, and/or placed on the ANZOS Website, with author and institution attribution.
Applications from female candidates and members of other historically under-represented groups in STEM are highly encouraged.