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Call for Nominations for the TWAS Regional Prize 2017: Public Understanding and Popularization of Science

TWAS-ROSSA seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to popularise science, and has developed new strategies that serve the popularization of science and technology in the developing world. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The ideal candidate would meet at least one of the following criteria:

·         Scientific research achievement of outstanding significance for the development of scientific thought.
·         Outstanding contribution to the application of Science and Technology to industry or to human well-being in the developing world.

The Award 

The award comprises an award certificate with a citation on the winner’s scientific achievement, as well as a cash prize of 3000 USD. The winner will be announced at the Annual TWAS General Assembly and Conference. The prize will be awarded formally by TWAS-ROSSA at a suitable event thereafter. 


·         Nominees must be nationals of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 
·         Nominees must have made significant contributions to the public understanding and popularization of science.
·         Nominees must be scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least ten years.


·         Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, fellow/members of National Academies and Young Academies in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region.   
·         The nomination of women and scientists from Science & Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) is highly encouraged. 
·         Self-nominations will not be considered. 
·         Nominations accompanied by the Nomination Form and all the relevant documents must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20 June 2017

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