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Science Communication Awards | Blog

Best blog post Nominees

This award recognises an individual’s science communication excellence in an individual blog post on #theBOUblog.

The five shortlisted posts are listed below in alphabetical order by surname (see below for nomination and selection process):

Following the movements of a new population

by Kiran Dhanjal-Adams & Tamara Emmenegger

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The panel praised this post for being well-written, accessible and informative on a very interesting topic with excellent use of images and video. The study species was introduced broadly with the problem, and it’s importance, well explained.

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Moving the eggs, reallocating the warmth

by David Diez-Mendez

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The panel commented that this was a well-written, interesting story with a good explanation of a potentially niche subject for a general audience. The author takes you through the thought process of the hypothesis and experimental design, with well-judged glimpses of the birds being studied.

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The dung detectives

by Gillian Gilbert

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The panel thought this was a particularly engaging post with a great title which draws the reader in. A great example of science writing being accessible for a general audience with the subject matter and clear conservation implications explained well. It provides a good behind-the-paper point of view.

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Darwin’s finches adapting to human influences

by Kiyoko Gotanda

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The panel thought this interesting subject was introduced well, very well structured with everything from the background, to the description of the work, to the final results and conclusion, clearly presented. The Charles Darwin quote at the start was a great way of drawing in the reader.

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The dark side of the nestling

by David López-Idiáquez

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The panel liked the way the post contextualised the subject with a broad introduction before focusing on the main topic of the article – excellent for explaining the subject to any non-science readers. The post had a good structure and flow and covered a topic which would be new to many.

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Nomination and selection process

Our open call for nominations for best blog post on the BOU blog published in 2019 was open up to 31 January 2020.

Ten blog posts were nominated. One was excluded as it failed to meet submission criteria (the person nominated was excluded from nomination on the basis they were either a BOU staff member, the BOU Blog Editor, a BOU Support Officer and/or a BOU Trustee).

The remaining nine posts, comprising six female lead authors and three male, were ranked by the our seven-person panel comprising four women and three men with a diverse range of science interests and science communication activities.

Each panel member ranked the nine nominees (1-9 with 1 = high) and median rank of the collated ranks used to order the nine posts 1-9 (1 = high) to arrive at a shortlist of five, comprising three female lead authors and two male, to be put to the public vote.

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