- Nominations Close on 31 August
- Mrs. Angie Edwards, Niece of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, to Chair Judging Panel
- UK Space Agency to Part Sponsor the Awards
The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, whilst reminding potential nominators that nominations for the 2016 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards close on 31 August, is pleased to announce that once again Mrs. Angie Edwards, niece of Sir Arthur has agreed to chair the Judging Panel and The UK Space Agency has joined as a part sponsor of the awards.
The British Interplanetary Society, selected by the Foundation as the organiser of the 2016 Awards,opened its website, www.bis-space.com, for nominations on 12 April 2016.
The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards recognise and reward those individuals and teams that have made notable or outstanding achievements in, or contributions to, all British space activities. Better known as ‘The Arthurs’, they have been presented annually since 2005.
The awards will, this year, be presented at the Reinventing Space Conference Dinner at the Royal Society on Thursday 27 October 2016.
The British Interplanetary Society invites nominations for the 2016 Awards for achievements in 2015.
Unlike many other awards, nominations can be made by the general public using the form on www.bis-space.com/2016/04/13/16851/2016- sir-arthur- clarke-awards- nominations or by writing to the Society at 27/29 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1SZ.
To be nominated the nominee must be a person or team, alive, or operating, in 2015, and clearly linked to the United Kingdom. That is, either as a UK citizen, or citizens, or based, and primarily working, in the UK or in a UK-based team or on a UK-led project.
The six “Space Achievement” awards are for achievements linked to 2015 in some way, either completed in that year or reached a significant award-worthy milestone. The Lifetime Award and International award can recognise the complete career of the nominee.
The Nominations and Judging Panels, made up of senior representatives from all areas of the space sector, ensure that all areas are covered and reserve the right to move entries from one category to another or add or withdraw categories if deemed necessary.
Nominations must include full contact details of both the Nominee and the Nominator and nomination statements must be limited to 150 words. Links to any supporting documentation on the web can be included.
Nominations will close on Wednesday 31 August 2016.
The eight 2016 Award categories are:
1. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by a team in all space activities. This includes any activity by a commercial or government organisation that designs,manufactures, supplies or operates space systems, equipment or hardware, or supports and promotes the space industry.
2. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by an individual in all space activities. This includes any activity by a commercial or government organisation that designs, manufactures, supplies or operates space systems, equipment or hardware, or supports and promotes the space industry.
3. Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space research by a team or individual employed by an academic organisation. This includes research carried out in any subject related to space, whether in science, engineering, medicine, humanities, art or design.
4. Space Achievement – Education and Outreach
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space education and outreach. This includes: formal education at all levels, informal education, education about space, education for the space community (e.g. workforce development), education using space assets/resources, and outreach to the general public or specific target groups.
5. Space Achievement – Student
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by a school, undergraduate or postgraduate student team or individual for any space-related activity, from basic research to awards and outreach. Nominees must be no more than 28 years of age on 31 December 2015.
6. Space Achievement – Media, broadcast and written
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space media. This includes any media, related to space, such as journalism, documentary, drama or other entertainment or scholarly record in any form, including written, filmed, broadcast, web/internet-based or staged.
7. Lifetime Achievement
This award is made for exceptional achievement in an area of space activity. Examples of this might include lifetime achievement, breakthroughs in space science/technology, space undertakings of global impact/significance, etc.
8. International Achievement
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements which either feature or further an important international aspect in an area of space activity. The final selection and judging of this award is carried out by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
“The road to the stars has been discovered none too soon. Civilisation cannot exist without new frontiers; it needs them both physically and spiritually.”
– Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future (1962)