Professorship for Public Engagement in Science

This award is for a well-established scientist with exceptional scientific communication skills and media experience to support the Society’s public engagement work.

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The Professorship will be awarded to an exceptional candidate that will be able to:

  • Contribute to a greater public understanding of science and the importance of experiment, evidence and understanding uncertainty;
  • Increase public understanding of scientific issues which inform policy debates on important issues;
  • Engage with the public to strengthen the case for increased support for science;
  • Stimulate greater public interest and enthusiasm for science;
  • Help to shape and support the Royal Society’s public engagement activities. 

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must hold a permanent post at a UK university or not-for-profit institution.

Value and tenure

The appointment will be for five years in the first instance with the opportunity to renew the professorship for a further five years.

The maximum amount of time that the Society expects the successful candidate to commit to the Professorship is 50%. Therefore, the Society will provide a contribution to the salary of the successful candidate on a pro-rata basis depending on the time committed to the Society.

Application process

Applications will be assessed by a sub-committee of the Royal Society’s Council and a shortlist will be drawn up. The shortlisted applicants will be discussed at a meeting of the selection panel in October 2014.  It is expected that applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email by the end of October 2014.

Further details about the award, including information on how to apply, can be found in the scheme notes (PDF).

Applying for this scheme

This scheme is now closed to applications.

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