CSWA 2014 Science In Society Awards


CSWA 2014 Science In Society Awards

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers Science In Society awards annually to honour outstanding contributions to journalism and science communication in Canada.  This year the awards program has been re-vamped based on feedback from previous entrants, jurors, board members and members. For 2014 the CSWA is offering three awards in broad categories to honour excellence in science journalism and science communication presented to the general public during the 2013 calendar year.

Submissions open on February 1, 2014.

CSWA Science Communication Award: $1,000

This award goes to an individual or small team whose work in 2013 explored or explained the topic of science to the public in an informative, accurate and engaging way. The work can be in any medium, and was produced for the purposes of public communications, outreach, advertising, marketing, or any similar venture. Work done for educational institutions, museums, government organizations, NGOs, private companies and others are eligible.

CSWA Science Journalism Award: $1,000

This award goes to an individual who has a science piece published in their name in any media during the calendar year 2013.

CSWA Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award: $1,000

This award is goes to student or newly practicing journalist who has a science piece published in any media during 2013.

CSWA Lifetime Achievement Award

We also occasionally present a lifetime achievement award and the CSWA board is open to suggestions regarding this award.

CSWA GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions open on February 1, 2014

Competitors must be Canadian citizens or residents of Canada.

Each award is presented for original material disseminated – in French or English –

during the 2013 calendar year.

The awards will be presented during the CSWA annual conference.

1 entry per person or team

All entries must submit:

  • description of the entry, less than 150 words
  • biography of the writer(s), less than 150 words
  • confirmation of the date published, broadcast, or presented
  • online entry form
  • entry fee online: entry fee $50 for non-members, $25 for members, (no fee for Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award)

How to Submit Formats:


  • four copies of the article or series
  • ora link to the online article or series

radio or podcast:

  • link to mp3 file either through an active url or an archived link,
  • or4 copies on DVD

television/youtube/other video:

  • 4 copies of on DVD
  • ora link to an active url

Live Event or Media Campaign (Science Communication):

Event or campaign promotion material, any images, video, audio and media coverage as appropriate and relevant to the event can be submitted. Material can be submitted in any of the formats listed above. The entry form requires a complete list of all links and DVD or print copies being submitted per entry.

Print copies and DVDs should be sent to:


105 Villeneuve O

Montreal, QC H2T 2R6 

All audio and video files and links or urls must be available throughout the judging period (March 1 to May 15)


Entries in each of the categories may deal with research and development, regulatory trends or social issues. They are judged generally on the basis of initiative, originality,  
clarity of interpretation and value in promoting a better understanding of science by the public and on the following specific criteria:


Is it understandable without being overly simplistic? Is the medical or scientific terminology clarified? Have the facts or hypotheses been marshaled in an orderly and progressive fashion? Has the importance, or purpose, of the subject matter been clearly stated relative to its value? Is the grammar good? Is the material in good, logical order? Does the presentation flow easily?


Has the entrant expended more than standard time and effort in soliciting and preparing the entry? For example, this would rule out straight reporting of speakers and papers at scientific meetings, regardless of excellence, unless the entrant has pursued the topic in greater depth or obtained other expert validation, beyond the initial presentation.


Is it relevant to the majority of the audience or does it have a narrow interest appeal? Does it lead to a higher degree of awareness or practical understanding of the importance of science in society today? It may be either educational or informative.


The subject matter does not necessarily have to be new. However, if a familiar topic or review is presented, it should offer more than another presentation of the facts. It should reinforce current understanding of the topic, or create a new awareness by offering a new perspective or innovative concept.