PLuS Alliance launches the Global Security PLuS student prize

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King’s College London joined the PLuS Alliance in February 2016. It is a partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney to find research-led solutions to global challenges and expand access to world-class learning. The PLuS Alliance will harness the collective research strengths of the three universities to address globally significant issues under the broad theme of sustainable development.

Global security is an area of cutting edge research and education within the PLuS Alliance. The Global Security PLuS network is launching to help find research-led solutions to some of our most pressing global challenges. The initiative will be officially launched on Wednesday 19th July in Sydney, Australia. The inaugural student research prize will also be awarded at this launch event.

This prize is open to research students (research Masters or Doctorate) enrolled at the time of submission at ASU, KCL or UNSW.

Students can win $500 in prize money for activity in the areas of biosecurity, violent conflict and war, cybersecurity, terrorism and disasters.

The deadline is 21st June 2017 – apply now!

 Information on the application and judging process for King’s students, can be found here.

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The PLuS Alliance Prize in innovation – Nominations open now!

The inaugural PLuS Alliance Prize in innovation is now open for nominations.

The PLuS Alliance Prize awards US$50,000 annually to highlight innovation in research and innovation in education that:

  • addresses a globally-significant issue
  • makes a direct and positive impact, and
  • helps, or has the potential to help communities globally.

Professional and academic staff, students and alumni from King’s College London, as well from fellow members of the PLuS Alliance,  Arizona State University and UNSW Sydney, are eligible to nominate a global innovator in each of the categories of Research Innovation and Education Innovation.

Prizes are awarded for innovation in research as well as in education.

For further information on the prizes and the nomination process follow the links:

US$25,000 is awarded in each of the categories to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals, groups, or organisations in addressing the greatest global challenges facing society.

Submissions close on Friday 12 May, 2017. So if you want outstanding, innovative, and globally impactful research and education to be recognised, submit your nomination today!

Policy Idol – Could you change the world in three minutes?

Do you want to change the world? Do you have an idea for policymakers? Do you
think you can convince a group of policy experts in just three minutes?

Prizes

£250 Audience prize
£500 Best delivery
£500 Best analysis
£1,000 Overall winner

Policy Idol 2017Policy Idol is an annual competition open to all current students and staff at King’s, in which participants pitch their policy ideas to an elite panel of leading figures from the worlds of politics, academia and industry.

You can enter by yourself or as part of a team, and on the day you will have just three minutes to present your idea to the judges, who will assess your pitch on the quality of delivery and the evidence and analysis underpinning it.

Organised by the Policy Institute at King’s, the competition sees the best ideas selected in a series of heats, with standout pitches from each heat put through to the final. All finalists receive bespoke training in policy analysis and communications, as well as an opportunity to improve their pitch.

The final takes place in front of a live audience, with both the judges and the audience voting for their favourite idea at the end of the evening.

Applications accepted until Friday, 2 December 2016 at 17.00.

Find out more and sign up at www.kcl.ac.uk/policyidol

EPSRC Science Photo Competition

EPSRC has launched its third Science Photo competition which will run until midnight on Saturday 19 December 2015.

The competition is open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and EPSRC-supported doctoral students, giving them the opportunity to share their research through pictures and the chance to win prizes.

For details on how to enter please find below a link to the Photo competition page.

www.epsrc.ac.uk/photocomp

2015 John Maddox Prize

Do you know someone who has promoted sound science and evidence? Nominate them for the 2015 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science.

The John Maddox Prize rewards an individual who has promoted sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest. Its emphasis is on those who have faced difficulty or hostility in doing so. Nominations of active researchers who have yet to receive recognition for their public-interest work are particularly welcomed.

The winner of the John Maddox Prize will receive £2000, and an announcement of the winner will be published in Nature. The award is presented at a reception in November.

The deadline for nominations is 11:59pm BST on 20th August 2015.

Full details and online nomination form are at http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/maddox-prize-2015.html