Barbadians who are interested in vying for an award in the area of science can apply for the 2011 Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in collaboration with the Government of India and the Kalinga Foundation Trust, is inviting nominations for this science award.

It is an international distinction that seeks to reward the efforts of one person who has had a distinguished career that has enabled him/her to help to interpret science, research and technology to the public.

Individuals vying for the prize may be writers, editors, lecturers, radio/television programme directors or film producers. Additionally, they are expected to have knowledge of the role of science, technology and general research in the improvement of public welfare, the enrichment of the cultural heritage of nations and solutions to the problems of humanity.

Each country is allowed only one nomination. Submissions should be sent through the local national Commission for UNESCO on the recommendation of the national associations for the advancement of science, academies of science or any other science association, or national associations of science writers, scientific journalists or other popularisers of science.

To this end, this country’s National Council for Science and Technology has been invited to make suitable nominations and submit these to the Barbados National commission for UNESCO, located in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, St. Michael.

Persons who are interested in the award or know of suitable candidates should contact the Council at 427-5270.

Nominations for the prize should reach UNESCO (Division for Science Policy and Sustainable Development, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France) by June 15, 2011.

The prize will be awarded by the Director-General of UNESCO at an official ceremony in November 2011.?? It will consist of US$20,000, a certificate and the UNESCO-Albert Einstein silver medal.??

For further information on the prize, candidates should contact the national commission for UNESCO at unesco@mes.gov.bb or call 430-2702.

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