Materials Today Agents of Change Awards
The focus of the 2019 awards will be on initiatives and programmes that focus on driving gender equality within the materials science research community.
The Materials Today Agents of Change awards will provide two grants of up to $10,000. The grants will be presented to a person or group within the materials science research community actively engaged in an initiative that encourages inclusivity and diversity.
Deadline for nominations: 15th of September

Materials Today is committed to encouraging diversity in materials science and believes that the future of materials science depends on a robust and diverse workforce drawn from all corners of society.

This year we are delighted to announce an expansion of our award programme and announce the Materials Today Agents of Change awards.

Materials Today Agents of Change Awards

Each year the Materials Today Agents of Change awards will recognise initiatives that are taking practical steps to encourage a more inclusive materials science research community. The focus of the 2019 awards will be on initiatives and programmes that focus on driving gender equality within the materials science research community.

Through the Gender in the Global Research Landscape report,[1] Elsevier in partnership with global experts, provided an analytical framework for better understanding the role of gender within the structure of the global research enterprise. Examining 20 years of data, drawn from Scopus and ScienceDirect, across 12 different geographies, we provided evidence-based insight guidance to help inform initiatives relating to gender diversity. 

The report showed that while the proportion of female researchers in materials science is increasing, the pace of change is slow. For example, within the 28 Member States of the EU, male researchers still represent 62% of the Materials Science research community, with comparable figures in many other geographical regions represented in the study. [2]

Materials Today is in a strong position to encourage diversity within the materials science community – we organise five large materials science conferences, and across our journals work with over 2,300 editors and editorial board members serving over 45,000 authors. We hope that through the Agents of Change award, and other initiatives we are undertaking, that we can help foster a more diverse materials science research community.

The Materials Today Agents of Change awards will provide two grants of up to $10,000. The grants will be presented to a person or group within the materials science research community actively engaged in an initiative that encourages inclusivity and diversity.

Criteria for consideration

-          The nominees for the awards can be grass roots initiatives, department level initiatives, or wider initiatives within the materials science community

-          Initiatives must relate to the materials science research community

-          Initiatives should use empirical insight and data to identify the goal of the initiative and evaluate the success of the initiative

-          Special consideration will be given to awards that have a strong sustainability plan to ensure continued success of the initiative beyond the initial award

-          The judges will give priority to nominations where they consider the award grant will make a significant difference to the initiative

Award:

- The awards will come with a grant of up to $10,000 that should be used to support and develop the initiative

- The recipient of the award will be interviewed on Materials Today to provide an oversight of their initiative and what they intend to use the award money for

- A follow up interview and webinar will be arranged one year after the grant of the award to showcase how the initiative has developed since the award was granted and what the next steps are.

Deadlines and Further Information

15th September, 2019 - Nominations for the Materials Today Agents of Change award should be received.

Details to include in the nomination for the award (please complete the nomination form found here

-          A short biography of the people/person involved in the initiative (150 words per person)

-          An overview of the initiative – what it intends to achieve and what it has achieved so far (if applicable) (500 words)

-          A statement on how the award money would help to support the initiative (250 words)

-          A statement on what data sources are being used to identify the need for the initiative, and what data sources will be used to evaluate the initiative (500 words)

-          A sustainability plan outlining how the project will continue beyond the initial grant (500 words)

-          A supporting statement from a nominator outlining the potential impact of the initiative and why the grant of the award would be significant for the initiative (500 words)

30th September, 2019 - Submissions will be initially assessed for suitability by the Materials Today team (https://www.materialstoday.com/the-team/). A shortlist of candidates, with an overview of their projects, will be published on MaterialsToday.com.

The shortlist will then be sent to a team of up to seven external judges.

30 November, 2019 - The recipient of the award will be announced.

-- For any questions relating to the Materials Today Agents of Change initiative, please email agentsofchange@materialstoday.com.

Full Terms and Conditions are available online

To apply click here and follow the application procedure

To find out more about the judging panel click here

About Elsevier:

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The Gender in the Global Research Landscape Report:

Elsevier’s comprehensive report on research performance through a gender lens, Gender in the Global Research Landscape, spans 20 years, 12 geographies, and 27 disciplines.

This global study draws upon data and analytics, a unique gender disambiguation methodology, and involvement of global experts.

To download the report and the underlying data used to create the report, please visit: https://www.elsevier.com/research-intelligence/campaigns/gender-17

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[1] https://www.elsevier.com/research-intelligence/campaigns/gender-17

[2] Figure 1.3, Gender in the Global Research Landscape Report