Michael Faraday Prize

This award is made for excellence in communicating science to UK audiences.

Faraday Prize Michael Faraday FRS

The Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize is awarded annually to the scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary. Normally, preference will be given to a practising scientist or engineer, but other individuals whose primary expertise is in writing, broadcasting or other relevant forms of communication may also be considered.

The award is named after Michael Faraday FRS (PDF), who engaged in the public communication of science. The first award was made in 1986.

The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £2,500. The winner is called upon to deliver a lecture at the Society.

Teams are not normally considered, except where each member made an individual and clearly identifiable contribution. A scientist whose contribution was essentially a single item (for example, a lecture or book) would also not be considered.

The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.

The recipient is required to give an agreed lecture (usually in January of the following year). Nominations remain valid for 3 years.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next call for nominations will open in November 2015.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Public Engagement Committee. Nominations are valid for three cycles of consideration with re-nomination possible after one cycle has passed.

Professor Andrea Sella

Most recent medallist

Professor Andrea Sella was awarded the 2014 Michael Faraday Prize for his excellent work in science communication.

Prize lectures

Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture: Given on a subject in the field of engineering.

Ferrier Medal and Lecture: Given on a subject relating to the structure and function of the nervous system.

Francis Crick Medal and Lecture: Given on a subject in the field of biology.

Kavli Medal and Lecture: Given on a subject relating to the environment or energy.

Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture: Given on a subject in the field of microbiology, bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and microscopy.

Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture: For excellence in communicating science to UK audiences.

Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Prize and Lecture: For original contributions to medical and veterinary sciences.

Royal Society Milner Award: For outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture: To support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Rutherford Memorial Lecture: An exchange lecture between university centres in the Commonwealth, with at least one in three delivered in New Zealand.

Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture: Given on a subject relating to the social function of science, the philosophy of science or the history of science.

See all medals, awards and prize lectures.

Contact us

For more information on this, and all Royal Society medals, awards and prize lectures, please contact awards@royalsociety.org.

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