To recognize scientists, journalists, and public servants for significant contributions to science and to the public’s understanding of science, the Association administers several awards and are presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting immediately following the award year.
AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy: Many scientists and engineers contribute valuable time away from the established career paths of research, teaching, and publishing to foster activities and develop programs that both address key science questions and build important societal links. AAAS seeks to recognize an individual or a limited number of individuals working together in the scientific or engineering community for making an outstanding contribution to furthering science diplomacy.
Award Winners receive
- a monetary prize of $5,000,
- a commemorative plaque,
- complimentary registration for the AAAS Annual Meeting,
- reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting, and
- a chance to publish a piece in Science & Diplomacy about his or her achievements.
Eligibility: The award is open to all regardless of nationality or citizenship. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination. Any individual or small group in the scientific and engineering community that has contributed to the role of science cooperation in building stronger links between and among societies is eligible for this award.
Nominations should be typed and include the following information:
- nominator's name, address, and phone number
- nominee's name and title, institutional affiliation, and address
- a summary of the action(s) that form the basis for the nomination (about 250 words)
- a longer statement, not to exceed three pages, providing additional details of the action(s) for which the candidate is nominated
- a curriculum vitae (three page maximum) containing professional positions held
- two letters of support (for self-nominations, letters must be emailed separately by the letter writer)
- any documentation (books, articles, or other materials) that illuminates the significance of the nominee's achievement may also be submitted.
AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility: presented annually by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to honor scientists and engineers whose exemplary actions have served to foster scientific freedom and responsibility. We hope that the presentation of this award will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers as they begin their careers.
The Award recognizes scientists and engineers who have:
- acted to protect the public’s health, safety, or welfare; or
- focused public attention on important potential impacts of science and technology on society by their responsible participation in public policy debates; or
- established important new precedents in carrying out the social responsibilities or in defending the professional freedom of scientists and engineers.
This annual award was established in 1980 and consists of a prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting.
- Send us your name, address, and phone number; and the name(s) and address(es) of the nominee.
- A summary of the action(s) that form the basis for the nomination (about 250 words).
- A longer statement (no more than three pages) providing additional details of the action(s) for which the candidate is nominated.
- The candidate’s vita (no more than three pages).
- Any documentation (books, articles, or other materials) that illuminates the significance of the nominee’s achievement may also be submitted.