Angela Croome

Press release EGU establishes new award for Earth, planetary and space science journalism

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European Geosciences Union

EGU establishes new award for Earth, planetary and space science journalism

26 February 2019

The Angela Croome Award is the newest addition to the EGU awards and medals portfolio. It aims to recognise journalists who show continued, excellent and successful reporting of Earth, space or planetary sciences.

Communicating science to the public is increasingly important in today’s society. By establishing the Angela Croome Award, the EGU seeks to recognise the role science journalists play in informing decision making and increasing public awareness of the global challenges humanity and our planet are facing. The award, for Earth, planetary or space science journalism, rewards excellence in bringing new science information or concepts to the public’s attention, with particular emphasis on discoveries that are relevant to Europe or European citizens. It also recognises individuals who make Earth, planetary or space sciences more accessible and interesting to general audiences, with an objective, clear and constructive approach.

The award is named after Angela Croome, a pioneering UK science journalist who specialised in reporting space research and underwater archaeology. A respected science correspondent, she worked for the BBC in the 1950s and later as a freelance journalist, writing for Nature, New Scientist and the Daily Telegraph, among other publications.

Submissions for this and other EGU 2020 awards and medals are accepted until 15 June. Both EGU members and non-members can nominate candidates for the Angela Croome Award and self-nominations are accepted. The first Angela Croome awardee is anticipated to be honoured at the EGU General Assembly 2020.

The new EGU honour is a complement to the EGU Science Journalism Fellowship, an award to encourage excellence in geoscience reporting through funding innovative proposals to report on geoscientific research not yet in the public sphere. The fellowships offer journalists the opportunity to follow geoscientists on location and to develop an in-depth understanding of their research questions, approaches, findings and motivation.

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The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It is a non-profit interdisciplinary learned association of scientists founded in 2002 with headquarters in Munich, Germany. The EGU publishes a number of diverse scientific journals, which use an innovative open access format, and organises a number of topical meetings, and education and outreach activities. Its annual General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting over 14,000 scientists from all over the world. The meeting’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, energy, and resources. The next EGU General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 7 to 12 April 2019. For more information and press registration, please check, or follow the EGU on Twitter and Facebook.

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Alberto Montanari
EGU Vice-President

Özgür Karatekin
Chair of the EGU Awards Committee

Bárbara Ferreira
EGU Media and Communications Manager
Munich, Germany


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