The Royal Society Athena Prize is awarded biennially (in even years) for teams working in UK academic and research communities, who have contributed most to the advancement of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) within their communities. The recipients of the prize receive a medal and a gift of £5,000.
The Royal Society is committed to promoting and increasing diversity in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A diverse and inclusive
scientific workforce draws from the widest range of backgrounds,
perspectives and experiences thereby maximising innovation and
creativity in science for the benefit of humanity. Our work on diversity
in science includes addressing barriers to participation and success
and actions to support and inspire change. This prize aims to inspire innovation and leadership in STEM diversity issues.
The Royal Society Athena Prize was established in 2016 and is provided by a gift to the Society.
The guidance notes (PDF) and eligibility criteria of the Royal Society Athena Prize (PDF) should be read before submitting a nomination.
Dr Emma Chapman was awarded the Athena Prize 2018 for driving nationally impactful policy changes concerning sexual harassment issues in higher education.
The Communications Team at the Academy of Medical Sciences was awarded the Athena Prize 2018 for an evidence-based, sustainable and impactful programme that has increased the visibility and participation of female scientists in the media.
The London Mathematical Society was awarded the Royal Society Athena Prize in 2016 for their Women in Mathematics Committee in 2016. Introducing a broad range of initiatives in the field of mathematics resulted in a change of culture that has happened nationwide, leading the way in increasing the number of women in mathematics.
Read more about the initiative from the women who led it on our In Verba blog.