Canadian Science Writers' Association

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Awards

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association honours the year’s best science journalism published in newspapers and magazines, and broadcast on television and the radio. There are also two book awards and an award for emerging journalists.

On this page you’ll find information about:

  • Science in Society Journalism Awards
  • Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award
  • Sanofi Pasteur Medal for Excellence in Health Research Journalism
  • Science in Society Book Awards
  • Past Winners

2010 Science in Society Journalism Awards

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers $1,000 awards annually to honour outstanding writing in Canadian: print and broadcast media.

Print entries must have appeared in a Canadian publication aimed at the general public. Broadcast entries must have been aired on a cable or broadcast system licensed in Canada.

These awards are presented for original material disseminated – in French or English print or broadcast – during the 2010 calendar year. The awards will be presented at CSWA’s 40th annual conference in Calgary.

Entries must be received by March 15, 2011.

Download the entry guidelines: English or French

Download the official entry form: English or French

2010 Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award

The Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award is open to any student or newly practicing journalist who has a science article published in print, broadcast or online during 2010. Competitors must be Canadian citizens or residents of Canada. The award is presented for original material disseminated – in French or English – during the 2010 calendar year. The award will be presented at the June 9-12, 2011, CSWA’s 40th annual conference.

Entries must have been published in Canada during the 2010 calendar year.

Entries must be received by March 15, 2011.

Download the official entry form.

2010 Sanofi Pasteur Medal

Canadians for Health Research (CHR) and Sanofi Pasteur are pleased to announce the Sanofi Pasteur Medal for Excellence in Health Research Journalism. The creation of this national award is intended to highlight the pivotal role that journalists play in raising public awareness of the importance of health research in Canada. The award consists of a medal plus a $2,500 bursary.

Any journalist may receive the award. CHR will award the Sanofi Pasteur Medal to a candidate who has demonstrated excellence in the reporting of health research in print form. Articles must be published in Canadian newspapers or magazines during the previous calendar year.

Applicants must have demonstrated an interest and effort in reporting health research issues within Canada. Some examples of these issues include:

  • research into specific medical or health topics
  • government policy which affects Canadian health research
  • educational programs about Canadian health research
  • the importance of Canadian health research for health-care delivery

Entries must have been published in Canada during the 2010 calendar year. Entries must be received by April 22, 2011.

Apply at: Canadians for Health Research website

2010 Science in Society Book Awards

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers two $1,000 annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing 1) intended for and available to children and middle grades ages 8-12 years, AND 2) intended for and available to the general public.

The 2010 deadline for this award has passed.


Past winners

38th Annual Science in Society Journalism Award winners

Toronto, Ontario, 2010 – The Canadian Science Writers’ Association has announced the winners of the national Science in Society Journalism Awards competition to honour outstanding contributions to journalism in the Canadian media during the 2009 calendar year. Each award carries a $1,000 prize value.

The 38th annual Science in Society Journalism Awards banquet to honour the winners will be held Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa ON.

PRINT Less than 1,600 Words:
Winner: Megan Ogilvie, “The Price of Eggs,” The Toronto Star, November 21, 2009.

RADIO Items Under 30 Minutes:
Winner: Pauline Dakin, “The Forgotten Cancer,” CBC National News, The World Report and The World at Six, aired July 6,7, and 8, 2009.

TELEVISION Items Less than 30 Minutes:
Winner: Hélène Naud and Louise Beaudoin, “La Hanche Bionique,” Découverte, October 25, 2009.

THE HERB LAMPERT EMERGING JOURNALIST AWARD Winner: Megan Haynes, “Space Junk Threatens Canadian Satellites,” Capital News Online, March 20, 2009.

2009 Science in Society Book Awards

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers two $1,000 annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing 1) intended for and available to children and youth under 16 and 2) intended for and available to the general public

WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Toronto, April 21, 2010 — The Canadian Science Writers’ Association has announced its winners for books published in Canada in 2009 and entered in the national Science in Society Book Awards competition in two categories: 1) Youth under 16 years and 2) General Audience Books.

Winner, Youth Book under 16 Years: Carol McDougall, A Salmon’s Sky View, First Choice Books. (Honorable Mention: Cora Lee, The Great Motion Mission: A Surprising Story of Physics in Everyday Life, Annick Press.)

Winner, General Audience: Ed Struzik, The Big Thaw: Travels In the Melting North, John Wiley & Sons Canada.

The banquet to honor the 2009 winners will be held Saturday evening, June 5, 2010, in the Locomotive Room of the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa ON in conjunction with the CSWA’s 39th annual conference, At a Crossroads: Science Communication in the Digital Age.

2009 Sanofi Pasteur Medal

Heartfelt Account Wins Journalism Award. Envisioning better strategies for dealing with cardiac disease
Montreal May 26, 2010 – Our ability to mend damaged and diseased hearts came a long way in the 20th century, as procedures such as coronary bypass procedures became common, life-saving operations. If the work being conducted at Toronto’s McEwan Centre for Regenerative Medicine is any indication, we can expect even more dramatic progress to dominate the 21st century.

Macleans magazine writer Kate Lunau has foreshadowed that progress in an article that has earned her this year’s sanofi pasteur Medal For Excellence In Health Research Journalism. “Growing a new heart,” which appeared in the publication’s 25 February 2009 issue, provides an introduction to promising techniques for regenerating and replacing heart cells as a way of treating ailments in this organ. The field represents a complex branch of biotechnology that readers might otherwise find daunting, but Ms. Lunau’s treatment of the subject makes for compelling reading.

“She has made a challenging piece of medical research entirely accessible,” says CHR president, Patricia Guyda. “This work is an example of how good writing and good reporting can take an audience to places they might never venture. And in this case, we all want to venture there, because this news about the future of treating heart disease is inspirational.”

That perspective was shared by the panel of scientists and writers who judged the winning entry. They praised the way Ms. Lunau was able to encourage an understanding of basic biology in order to foster an appreciation of the significant challenges that are now being overcome by cardiac researchers.

CHR launched the sanofi pasteur Medal in 1995, and administers the selection process. Sponsored by sanofi pasteur, Canada’s premier vaccine company, the inaugural medal recipient was Globe and Mail science reporter Stephen Strauss for his longstanding contribution to promoting public awareness of science. Other recent awardees include Mark Witten from Canadian Living, and Marcia Kaye from More magazine.

“As a company that is built on nearly a century of science, sanofi pasteur is pleased to be associated with this prestigious award that recognizes excellence in science journalism,” says Nancy Simpson, Director, Communications at sanofi pasteur Canada.
Dr. Eileen Macallum, Associate Vice President Quality Operations, Sanofi Pasteur Limited, will present the award to Ms. Lunau on June 5 during the Canadian Science Writers’ Association annual general meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. Ms. Lunau will receive a commemorative medal and a $2,500 bursary.

Canadians for Health Research (CHR) is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting the stability and quality of Canadian health research.  It fosters communication between health researchers, the government and the Canadian public, and publishes a quarterly magazine entitled Future Health.  For more information, or to become a member, please visit the CHR website at http://www.chrcrm.org

Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, provided more than a 1.6 billion doses of vaccine in 2008, making it possible to immunize more than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in the vaccine industry, sanofi pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines protecting against 20 infectious diseases. The company’s heritage, to create vaccines that protect life, dates back more than a century. Sanofi Pasteur is the largest company entirely dedicated to vaccines. Every day, the company invests more than EUR1 million in research and development. For more information, please visit: http://www.sanofipasteur.com.

2010 Yves Fortier Award

Entries for the Yves Fortier Award may deal with a broad spectrum of earth science topics, ranging from earth to ocean and atmosphere. They are judged generally on the basis of originality , clarity of interpretation, scientific accuracy and value in promoting a broader understanding of earth sciences by the public.

Winner: Randy Boswell of CanWest News Service, for his article “Lost World” (GAC Press release)

For more information, please visit the Geological Association of Canada.

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