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2015 Prize winner Gaia Vince with Professor Brian Cox

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Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015

Adventures in the Anthropocene, by Gaia Vince, has been awarded the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.

Hear Gaia talk about her book, and the incredible journey that inspired it, at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in March, or at the Hay Festival in May. See our events page for more details as they appear. 

Chair of judges Professor Ian Stewart FRS described the book as ‘ambitious and essential’, while fellow judge and novelist Sarah Waters called it ‘an inspiring testament to human ingenuity’.

The winner was announced by Professor Brian Cox at the award ceremony on 24 September - watch the event now, including all shortlisted authors discussing their work and reading brief excerpts from their books. Gaia Vince is the first solo female winner in the Prize’s 28-year history.  

The author of the winning book receives £25,000 and £2,500 each is awarded to the authors of the five shortlisted books. All of the shortlist titles should be available to purchase from the majority of high street booksellers and online retailers.

Shortlist 2015

Adventures in the Anthropocene

Alex Through the Looking Glass

Life on the Edge

Life's Greatest Secret

The Man Who Couldn't Stop

Smashing Physics

Interviews and past winners

Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters won the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. 

This prestigious prize celebrates outstanding popular science books from around the world and is open to authors of science books written for a non-specialist audience.

See all previous winners, shortlisted and longlisted titles

We also provide the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize for the best books that communicate science to young people.

Information for publishers

Find out how to enter the Royal Society Science Books Prize and read our terms and conditions

Photos from the award ceremony

2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

Recent winners

Stuff Matters (2014)

The Particle at the End of the Universe (2013)

The Information (2012)

The Wavewatcher's Companion (2011)