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Gertrude Elles Award for Public Engagement

In order to promote high quality public engagement in the field of palaeontology Council has instituted this new award, which is named after pioneering early 20th century palaeontologist Gertrude Elles.

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 should consist of a brief supporting case and a portfolio of up to four images.  The supporting case should 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 should be compiled into a pdf of less than 10 MB and sent to the Secretary ( by the 30th September 2018.  The award will be considered by Council at its October meeting and winners will be invited to an award ceremony at the Annual Meeting in December. Awards will also be announced in the Newsletter, on the Association website and through social media.


30th September at 12:00 GMT

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