Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017 - 6:00 to 8:00pm
Where: Australian Museum. Cnr College & William St, Sydney
Hosts: UNSW Science, UNSW Press
Type of event: Cocktail
Sponsor: Copyright Agency Cultural Fund
UNSW Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston and Chief Executive of UNSW Press Kathy Bail look forward to meeting invited guests at the launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 and the announcement of the 2017 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing.
Internationally noted science writer, artist and curator Margaret Wertheim will launch the anthology.
In recognition of her enormous contribution to science communication, Ms Wertheim will also be presented with the UNSW Scientia Medal for Science Communication at this special event.
UNSW President & Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs will also announce the winners of the Bragg student prizes for science writing.
Winner and runners-up of the Bragg Prize will participate in a panel discussion facilitated by science journalist Michael Slezak, who edited this year’s edition.
Refreshments and canapes will be served. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event.
Registration is essential via the form below.
Margaret Wertheim is an internationally noted science writer, artist and curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape.
She is the author of six books including Pythagoras Trousers, a history of physics and religion; The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace, a history of scientific concepts of space; and Physics on the Fringe, a ground-breaking exploration of outsider science. She has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Aeon, Cabinet and many others.
In 2003, with her twin-sister Christine, she founded the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles based practice devoted to the “aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science and mathematics.” Through the IFF she has designed art & science exhibits for galleries and museums around the world, including the Hayward Gallery (London) and Science Gallery (Dublin).
Her Crochet Coral Reef project is a global participatory art & science endeavor that has been exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburg), Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Deutsches Museum (Munich), the Smithsonian (Washington D.C.), and elsewhere.
Throughout her career Margaret has been a pioneer in communicating STEM subjects to women. She lectures widely at universities, colleges, and conferences internationally. With degrees in physics and math, she has worked on all seven continents and stood on the South Pole.
The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing
To recognise the best of the best, UNSW Press established an annual prize in 2012 for the best short non-fiction piece on science written for a general audience. The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing is named in honour of Australia’s first Nobel Laureates – William Henry Bragg and his son William Lawrence Bragg. It is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
First prize is $7000. Two runners up each receive a prize of $1500. Winning entries are included in The Best Australian Science Writing annual anthology.
UNSW Scientia Medal for Science Communication
This annual award was established in 2014 to recognise excellence in the public communication of science.
Presented by the UNSW Dean of Science, it honours individuals who have shared their knowledge and scientific insights with a broad audience - informing, inspiring and engaging the public on scientific topics and issues.