The 2016 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards

The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation is pleased to announce that 60 nominations were received for the 2016 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards by the closing date of 31 August 2016. The British Interplanetary Society, as organiser of the awards, has commenced the judging process whereby up to 60 judges from all areas of the UK Space Sector will select the three finalists in each of the award categories.

The winners will be announced and the Awards presented at the Reinventing Space Dinner at the Royal Society on Thursday 27 October 2016.  All finalists or representatives of the larger teams will be invited to the dinner and award ceremony.  Places are available for supporters and non-finalists at £80 each (VAT included) via the Reinventing Space Conference Website at http://rispace.org/rispace-gala-dinner-tickets-on-sale-now/.

The Awards
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 in the preceding year. Better known as ‘The Arthurs’, they have been presented annually since 2005.

Nominations
Nominations for achievements in 2015 opened on 14 April 2016. Unlike many other awards, nominations can be made by the general public using the on-line 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 2015, and 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 for achievements linked to 2015 in some way, either completed in that year or having reached a significant award-worthy milestone. The Lifetime Award and International award can recognise the complete career of the nominee.

The Nominations and Judging Panels, made up of senior representatives from all areas of the UK 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 200 words. Links to any supporting documentation on the web can be included.

Nominations closed on Wednesday 31 August 2016

A list of previous winners can be found here.

Award Categories
The eight 2016 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.

Subsets to be added if considered necessary by the judges.

4a. Space Achievement – Individual Outreach

4b. Space Achievement – Education

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 2015.

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

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