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The 2008 National Brain-Science Writing Prize

 

Winners announced!

 

General prize winner - Katrina Pavelin

"On the tip of your tongue…"

 

General prize runner up - Philip Strange

"Professor brain booster"

 

Researcher prize winner - Dr Annabel Thorn

A job for monsters?

 

Researcher prize runner up - Molly Crockett

Your inner Jekyll and Hyde

 


Do you want to tell the world about your research?
Have you been exploring the brain at school or university and have the urge to write about the fantastic things you’ve learned?
Well now’s your chance.

Click here to view the winning articles from 2006

 

Winning article from 2005, published in The Daily Telegraph

 

 

Background to the competition

‘Your amazing brain’ (the website), The European Dana Alliance for the Brain, and The British Neuroscience Association have joined forces to find the best brain communicators in the country.

We’re looking for a newspaper style science article of around 650 words on the subject of brain science.
This year the competition is running in partnership with Focus, the popular science and technology magazine from the BBC.

At-Bristol The European Dana Alliance for the Brain The British Neuroscience Association Focus

 

There are two categories

 

 

The general prize

For the best article on any area of brain science.

This category is open to everyone – school students to professors.

 

The researcher’s prize

For the best article about your own area of research in a brain-related subject.

This category is open to those engaged in scientific research.

 

     

 


The 2008 Brain Science Writing Competition launched on 10th March during Brain Awareness Week. The closing date for the competition was 30th June.


Entrance criteria for both categories

 

About your article

  • Your article should be written in the style of a national newspaper and aimed at a public non-scientific audience.
  • Your article should be around 650 words, with an absolute maximum of 750 words.
  • Your article should be entertaining, engaging, informative, relevant and should intrigue the reader into wanting to know more about the brain.
  • For the purposes of this competition, we welcome articles on any area of brain science, psychology, the nervous system and the senses in both humans and other organisms. However, please remember your article must be aimed at a public audience in the style of a national newspaper.
  • Interviews with the people in your ‘story’ (by email, phone or in person) are encouraged.
  • Articles should be scientifically accurate, with your main sources and interviewees given at the end of your article.
  • Include photos, images or sketches if they will enhance your story (please note that images or accompanying material will not be returned to you).

 

Permissions

  • If including interviews please ensure you have their written permission to use someone’s name or quote.
  • If including photos or other images, please ensure you have the written permission of the people in the photographs or appropriate credit for the photographer.

Submitting your article

  • Please ensure your name, email address and category (general or researcher Prize) are included under the title of your article.
  • You can submit more than one article but we ask that the article has not been submitted elsewhere. You may submit to more than one category.
  • Please include your biography of less than 100 words written in the 3rd person, adding your full contact details below your biography.
  • Please ensure everything you want us to read is part of one single document, adding your biography and all contact details on the final page.
  • The competition is open to UK & Republic of Ireland residents only.


Where to send your entries

 

Please email your entries to

writingprize@youramazingbrain.org.uk


The Judges

  • The Judging Panel will comprise science and science communication experts from the European Dana Alliance for the Brain, the British Neuroscience Association, At-Bristol science centre and Focus magazine

 


The General Prize

 

The general prize is open to everyone, of any age, whether engaged in research or not.

 

First Prize:

  • £250
  • Publication of your article in the British Neuroscience Association’s quarterly magazine.
  • Publication of your article in a number of high-profile public websites (including www.youramazingbrain.org, the website of the British Neuroscience Association, and Focus magazine’s website.

Runner-up Prize

  • The runner up will also have their article published on the above websites and printed publications.

"So much interesting research is hidden behind scientific jargon and complicated explanations. Writing an article for a newspaper gives the opportunity to think carefully about what is really important and to tell people about it in an entertaining way. It is hard for scientific findings to have their true impact on society if we are unable to communicate them outside our very limited specialist community."
Vikki Burns, winner of The General Prize, 2005 National Brain Science Writing Prize.

 

We look forward to receiving your entries for this exciting new competition.

[Entrance criteria]

[Closing date]

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[The Researchers Prize]


The Researcher’s Prize

The researchers prize provides an opportunity for those working in brain-research (or related fields) to tell the world about their research.

Your article should be based around your own field of research and this should be clear from reading the article.

This category is open to everyone undertaking their own research and working in a research institute, including post-grads, post-docs and all other academic staff and (where appropriate) third year undergraduate project students, research assistants and support staff.

 

First Prize:

  • £250
  • Publication of your article in the British Neuroscience Association’s quarterly magazine.
  • Publication of your article in a number of high-profile public websites (including www.youramazingbrain.org, the website of the British Neuroscience Association, and Focus magazine’s website.

Runner-up Prize

  • The runner up will have their article published in the above websites and printed publications.

"This competition gives scientists the opportunity to present the latest findings in the dynamic field of neuroscience to a general audience, and to promote the importance and relevance of our work to the public. I was delighted to win the Researcher section of the competition last year, with my entry about the neurobiological role of an intriguing set of genes known as ‘imprinted genes’. As a struggling post-doctorate, the financial reward I received was especially welcome!"
Dr. William Davies, winner of The Researcher's Prize, 2005 National Brain Science Writing Prize.

 

We look forward to receiving your entries for this exciting new competition.

[Entrance criteria]

[Closing date]

[Where to send your entries]

[The General Prize]