3 February 2017 – The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation is pleased to announce that Mrs Angie Edwards, Sir Arthur’s niece, will again Chair the panel of judges for the 2017 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards and that the period for nominations has been extended to midnight on Friday 7 April. The British Interplanetary Society, selected once again by the Foundation to organize and manage the awards, opened its website for nominations on 1 February
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.
Sponsored by the UK Space Agency, the awards will, this year, be presented on Wednesday 31 May at an opulent evening in a restored Victorian Cotton Warehouse, a prestigious 1000 seat venue in central Manchester.
The British Interplanetary Society invites nominations for the 2017 Awards for achievements in 2016/17. Unlike many other awards, nominations can be made by the general public using the online form 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 2016/17, and, for all categories except the International Award, should be 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 given for achievements linked to 2016/17 in some way, either having been completed in that year or having reached a significant award-worthy milestone. The Lifetime and International awards can, and should, recognise the complete career of the nominee.
The Nominations and Judging Panels, made up of senior representatives from all areas of the space sector, will ensure that all areas are covered and will 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.
The eight 2017 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 31st December 2016.
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 itself.