Award for Public Engagement with Science (AAAS)

The AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science, formerly “AAAS Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology” established in 1987, recognizes scientists and engineers who make outstanding contributions to the “popularization of science.”

The recipient receives a monetary prize of $US5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to receive the prize.


  • Eligible nominees include active or retired scientists and engineers from all disciplines, who have contributed substantially to the public’s engagement with science or technology.
  • Materials to be considered include websites, books, magazines, and newspaper articles; video, film, and broadcasting; lecturing; museum presentation and exhibit design; and other public outreach activities, local, national, and/or international.
  • Only materials produced for general audiences, as opposed to professional or trade audiences, will be considered.
  • Employees of the AAAS are not eligible.
  • Nominees considered “early career,” which is defined as an individual who has been in thier current field for less than seven years and pre-tenure or job equivalent, including post-doctoral fellows (meaning the nominee is typically within 7 years of receiving a PhD) may be eligible for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.


  • for the nominee: name, position, institution, e-mail, phone, and professional and home addresses;
  • for the nominator: name, position, institution, e-mail, phone, and professional and home addresses;
    a statement of the public engagement activities that form the basis for the nomination (PDF, 500 word limit);
  • at least two representative material samples or other documentation which illustrate or describe the nominee’s contribution (PDF);
  • the nominee’s CV (PDF);
  • and the names and e-mail addresses of two supporting persons whom AAAS may contact for more information on the nominee and their contributions.
  • Note:

  • Nominations must be made in English.
  • Re-nominations MUST include a cover letter (PDF) recapitulating the application material, listing additional work since last submission, and explaining why the nominee deserves to be reconsidered.
  • All physical material (books, CDs etc) submitted becomes the property of AAAS.

Deadline: June 30, 2020

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