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AMOS Science Outreach Award


The measure of scientific excellence comprises of both the ability to undertake the scientific activity and to communicate it. This award will be given annually in an effort to identify AMOS outreach ambassadors, who inspire other AMOS members to undertake science engagement activities. This award additionally recognizes those who engage with the public, politicians, schools, businesses and communities, to educate and inform those groups on topics associated with AMOS themes.


2018 – Andrew King, University of Melbourne
2019 – Joelle Gergis, Australian National University

Nominations and eligibility

Nominations for this annual award will open June 1st and close September 1st in each calendar year. Anyone active in the AMOS fields of weather, climate, oceans, and related disciplines is eligible for the award, however self-nominations will not be accepted and only an AMOS member may make a nomination. The awardee will receive $500 and a certificate, and will be offered a highlighted talk in the Education and Outreach session at the annual AMOS conference.

Nomination letters MUST include the following:

  1. A summary of the type of outreach undertaken (e.g., the target audiences/groups) and the scientific themes/concepts conveyed (maximum 150 words).
  2. A summary of science engagement activities undertaken in the past five years. For example, the 2018 award will be for activities in the 2013-2017 calendar years (maximum 300 words).
  3. A summary of the level of reach/impact/feedback for the science engagement undertaken, and/or any long-term impacts (maximum 150 words).


  1. Awardees are only allowed to receive the AMOS Outreach award once.
  2. Equal weight will be given to the Selection Criteria below.
  3. See the main Awards page for other requirements for the Nomination, including the length and contents of nomination packages, and further eligibility requirements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Evidence of an outstanding and substantial contribution to scientific outreach, carried out locally/nationally/internationally, over the past five years.
  2. Evidence that the outreach exceeds what might normally be expected as part of the nominee’s paid position or, in the case of retirees, that the outreach involves a substantial amount of time and effort that might otherwise be devoted to other activities. Evidence does not include any formal (paid) media engagements and articles, or work paid for by AMOS.
  3. Evidence that the outreach raises the profile of AMOS/ promotes the AMOS vision to improve the understanding of non-experts in the areas of weather, climate, oceans, and related disciplines.
  4. Evidence of multi-disciplinary outreach will be highly valued (e.g., outreach across multiple science/technology/engineering/mathematics [STEM] fields, or outside of STEM fields).
  5. Examples include: face to face science engagement with community groups, taking on significant logistical responsibilities over a long period of time to advance AMOS education and outreach, or use innovative/creative methods to engage the public/non-experts.

Selection Panel

Beth Ebert (Chair)
Melissa Hart
Andrew Tupper
Matthew Wheeler
Tom Beer

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