The award is named after the pioneering early 20th century palaeontologist Gertrude Elles and is to promote high quality public engagement in the field of palaeontology.
The award is made by Council for high quality, amateur or institutional, public engagement projects that promote the discipline. Nominated projects can include museum displays and exhibitions, outreach programmes to schools and/or communities, art/science collaborations, digital initiatives, or any other programme that falls broadly under the heading of public engagement with palaeontology.
How to Nominate
Nominations must consist of a brief supporting case and a portfolio of up to four images. The supporting case must outline:
- the aims of the project
- the nature of the target audience
- the available budget and funding sources
- visitor/audience numbers
- the results of project evaluation to demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of the project
- links to any digital components
Self-nominations are permitted, and the nominators and proposed recipients do not need to be members of the Association. Nominations will be considered relative to the scale of the institution and the available project budget.
The supporting case and the portfolio of images must be compiled into a PDF file of less than 10 MB and uploaded by the 31st March to the PalAss website, using the link at the bottom of this page. The award will be considered by Council at its May meeting and awardees will be invited to a ceremony at the Annual Meeting in December. Awards will also be announced in the Newsletter, on the Association website and through social media. Council reserves the right to not make an award in any year.
31st March at 23:59 GMT