The 2018 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards Open for Nominations

Tuesday 01 May 2018 

The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2018 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards on Tuesday 01 May. The British Interplanetary Society has again been selected by the Foundation to organize and manage 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. Better known as ‘The Arthurs’, they have been presented annually since 2005.  For all past winners, please click here. 

Sponsors are currently being sought for each of the eight awards which will, this year, be presented at the British Interplanetary Society’s Reinventing Space Conference Dinner in the Bill Boeing Room at the Royal Aeronautical Society, 4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ on Thursday 1 November.

The British Interplanetary Society invites nominations for the 2018 Awards for achievements in 2017/18.  Unlike many other awards, nominations can be made by the general public using the form below or by completing this hard copy form and sending it to the Society at 27/29 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1SZ or by email to arthurs@bis-space.com.

To be nominated, the nominee must be a person or team, alive, or operating, in 2017/18, and, for all categories except the International Award, should be 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.  Previous Award winners should not be nominated for further awards unless they have made a significant or outstanding achievement or contribution in the year in a different category. 

The six “Space Achievement” awards are given for achievements linked to 2017/18 in some way, either having been completed in that year or having reached a significant award-worthy milestone.  The Lifetime Award should recognise the complete career of the nominee while the International Award can either recognise the lifetime achievement of an internationally well-known individual or a particularly noteworthy achievement by an international team or individual in the year 2017/18.

The Nominations and Judging Panels, made up of senior representatives from all parts 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.  The International Award will be judged by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Board.

Nominations must include full contact details of both the Nominee and the Nominator and nomination statements must be limited to 150 words.  Links to any supporting documentation on the Internet can be included.

Nominations will close on Friday 6 July 2018. 

“If you have been impressed, inspired or intrigued by any aspect of space activity or outreach, then submit a nomination for the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards.  Please help us reach our Awards target of 100+ entries.”

2018 Awards Schedule

Nominations Open                                            Tuesday 1 May

Nominations Close                                            Friday 6 July

The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards                       Thursday 1 November (RISpace Dinner, RAeS, London)

2018 Award Categories

The proposed eight 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 2017.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. International Achievement

This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by an international team or individual 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 Board itself.

Enter your nomination below – thank you!

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Category (required)

Name of person/team you are nominating

Contact details of person/team you are nominating

Reason for Nomination (Maximum 15 words)
A short title or citation such as “for the launch of ***…..” or “for the **** Project.”

Justification (Maximum 150 words)
Provide an outline of why the award is deserved. This will be the key input for the award judges.

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