About the Award

The Humanity in Science Award is an international research prize established to recognize an innovative and altruistic scientific breakthrough (by an individual, team or company) that can have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

The Humanity in Science Award will be awarded for an innovative technology, process or product, and may relate to any field or discipline, including pharmaceutical development, forensics, food safety, diagnostics, biofuels, and so on.

The work must have been performed during the previous three years.

The Humanity in Science Award is presented by The Analytical Scientist in partnership with KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH. We are proud to be working together to recognize the altruistic impact that science can have on human lives.

KNAUER manufactures liquid chromatography instruments for analytical and preparative HPLC, osmometer and high-end chromatography systems for SMB and FPLC. Together with scientists in the lab, KNAUER develops innovative and individual solutions. KNAUER strives to provide scientists with the best tools for their research tasks.

KNAUER is celebrating its 55th birthday this year and the winner* of the Humanity in Science award will receive their prize at a special jubilee reception hosted by KNAUER in Berlin, Germany and attended by key industry leaders.

KNAUER was founded in 1962 by Dr Herbert Knauer. Dr Knauer is renowned throughout the industry for his inventiveness and entrepreneurial spirit. Dr Knauer’s wife, and co-founder of KNAUER, Mrs Roswitha Knauer, will be presenting the award to the Humanity in Science award winner.

The source of KNAUER’s success is numerous world firsts that have won more than 20 awards for innovation. KNAUER is an established partner in science and supports research and technological advancement.

*The winner (or up to three representatives in case of a large team) will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to the location (flight, hotel, and ground transportation to/from the event).

How to Enter

There are two ways to enter:

  • You can nominate the work of someone else by writing a letter of recommendation that outlines why you believe the work is worthy of receiving the Award.
  • Alternatively, you can nominate your own work – or more importantly that of your colleagues – by writing a 1000-word essay detailing the project and its humanitarian impact along with a letter of nomination from a respected and independent scientist.

If nominating via a letter of recommendation

The letter should include:

  • A summary of the problem or opportunity being addressed.
  • A summary of the nominee and their work, and how analytical science was involved
  • How the work could impact on the health and wellbeing of people worldwide.
  • The potential future impact of the development.

If nominating through an essay

The essay should be up to 1,000 words (excluding title, authors, references and abbreviations) and may include up to six photographs, illustrations, figures or tables. Your essay should take an informal, magazine-style approach. We encourage you to include personal viewpoints and anecdotes. Do not use the formal, detached style of a primary research article.

The essay should include:

  • A summary of the problem or opportunity being addressed.
  • A description of the development of the technology, process or product.
  • Coverage of the use of the technology, process or product to date and its impact on the health and wellbeing of people worldwide.
  • The potential future impact of the development.
  • Practical issues that need to be addressed to maximize impact, and how they may be addressed.

The title should be up to nine words. Include a subheading that captures the essence of your submission. Your entry must also include the names and affiliations of all authors and a brief note about the role that each author played in the work. Give an email, postal address and telephone number for the corresponding author. Entries are invited from individuals, teams and collaborating groups from academia, NGOs, business and industry worldwide.

Judging Panel and the Selection Process

The Judging Panel:

  • Kathryn Monks, Head of Applications & Academy, KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH
  • Emily Hilder, Director: Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia
  • Peter Schoenmakers, Professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Benjamin Smith, Professor of Chemistry, University of Florida
  • Neil Spooner, Director and Founder, Spooner Bioanalytical Solutions 
  • Gregory Webster, Senior Principal Research Scientist, AbbVie
  • Rich Whitworth, Content Director, Texere Publishing 

The selection process: 

  • Entries will be ranked by the judging panel. The top 10 will be considered at a judges’ meeting.
  • One winner and three runners-up will be selected by the judging panel.
  • Each participant may submit multiple entries for consideration 
  • The competition will be administered by Texere Publishing Ltd. 

The Prize

The Humanity in Science Award 2017 grand winner will be selected by the judging panel. The author(s) of the winning entry will receive a total of $25,000 in prize money. Their essay will be published in The Analytical Scientist in print and online. The winner(s) will receive a free, five-year subscription to The Analytical Scientist and The Analytical Scientist online. The grand prize winner will be presented at a location to be decided in 2017.

The essays for two runners-up will be published in The Analytical Scientist in print and online. The runners-up will receive a free, five-year subscription to The Analytical Scientist and The Analytical Scientist online.

Timeline

  • Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2017

Eligibility and Terms and Conditions

Eligibility criteria:

Employees, officers and representatives (and members of their immediate families and those living in the same household of each) of Texere Publishing Ltd., its parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies and any company involved in the design, execution, production or judging of this award (“contest entities”) are ineligible. Void where prohibited.

 

Terms and Conditions:

By submitting an entry, you agree to Texere Publishing Ltd.’s Legal Agreement. In summary, under the Agreement you remain the owner of the copyright to your Work. You are licensing your copyright to Texere Publishing Ltd. to publish, publically display (on a website, for example), and market your Work, but Texere Publishing Ltd. will not sell or license your Work to others for money, or charge others money to read your Work. Supporting partners are granted the right to publish the Work in full or to use segments of it. You are free to exercise your rights as an owner of the work, including enforcing your rights and making money from your Work. This Agreement also provides for you to represent that the Work is entirely your creation. One last note, Texere Publishing Ltd. is not under an obligation to publish or display your Work. This competition is offered and open only to those 18 years of age or older. No purchase is required to enter or win.

 

Copyright and Promotional Release Agreement ("Agreement")

Summary

You need to read the full Agreement below, but we are providing you with a summary to familiarize yourself  with the basics of this Agreement, in non-legal language (or at least that is our attempt). Under the Agreement you remain the owner of the copyright to your Work. You are licensing your copyright to Texere Publishing Ltd. to publish, publicly display (on a website, for example), and market your Work, but Texere Publishing Ltd. will not sell or license your Work to others for money, or charge others money to read your Work. Supporting partners are granted the right to publish the Work in full or to use segments of it. You are free to exercise your rights as an owner of the Work, including enforcing your rights and making money from your Work. This Agreement also provides for you to represent that the Work is entirely your creation. Texere Publishing Ltd. is not under any obligation to publish or display your Work. The odds of winning vary based on the number of entries received. Texere Publishing is not responsible for entry errors or undeliverable email addresses. Winners will be contacted via email. No alternative prizes will be offered.

 

TITLE OF WORK (hereinafter, “Work”):
AUTHOR(S, "Author"):

Author agrees to submit the Work to the Texere Publishing Ltd. for use by and for Texere Publishing Ltd and Supporting Partners. Author understands that Texere Publishing Ltd. and others associated with Texere Publishing Ltd. will decide, based on their sole discretion, whether or not to use the Work.

The parties agree that participation or inclusion in the competition is sufficient consideration for the grants and obligations set forth below:

 

1.0 Copyright Agreement

Author grants Texere Publishing Ltd. and its subsidiaries and independent contractors ("Texere Publishing Ltd”) a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license under Author’s copyright rights in the Work to reproduce, copy, modify, perform, display, publicly perform or display, and create derivative works or compilations of the Work; to translate the Work; and to distribute, license, sublicense or perform the Work (or any part thereof), derivative works, compilation or translation of the Work (or any part thereof) in any medium now known or later discovered whether in physical, analogue, digital form or other form; and to have the Work (or any part thereof), derivative works, compilation or translation rendered by third parties.


Author grants to Texere Publishing Ltd. and Texere Publishing Ltd.’s subsidiaries and independent contractors (“Texere Publishing Ltd.”) any other rights that may exist in a jurisdiction (e.g., moral rights) necessary for Texere Publishing Ltd. to freely exercise the copyright license set forth above.


2.0 Promotional release


2.1 Author grants permission to Texere Publishing Ltd. to publicly display and reproduce the Work. Author understands and acknowledges that this permission is a release of any claims for any copyright or trademark infringement with respect to Texere Publishing Ltd and promotional activity including, but not limited to: internal or external presentations; case studies; audio/video presentations for sales or trade shows; advertising; web content; advertisements; annual reports; point-of-sale displays; and demonstration programs.


2.2 Author acknowledges and agrees that Texere Publishing Ltd. may need to reference or copy the Work, in whole or in part; incorporate the Work into any form of fixed media; combine copies or partial copies of the Work with materials owned by the Author or third parties; create new content based on the Work; and make copies as reasonably necessary for an activities, including for public display or distribution to third parties via any form of electronic or print media.


2.3 Texere Publishing Ltd. maintains editorial control of the materials created for promotional activities. Texere Publishing Ltd. has no obligation to display the Work, or to provide compensation for promotional activities.


3.0 Author's warranties


3.1 Author represents and warrants that the Work is original and that he/she is the author of the Work, except possibly for materials such as text passages, figures, and data that clearly identify the original source, with permission notices from the copyright owners where required.


3.2 The Author represents that he/she has the power and authority to make and execute this agreement.


3.3 The Author agrees to indemnify Texere Publishing Ltd. for all costs, expenses and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising from a judgment or settlement of a legal proceeding based on a breach of the representations, warranties and indemnities in this Agreement.


4.0 Parties' rights


4.1 Author retains all proprietary rights in the Work. Author may reproduce or authorize others to reproduce the Work or material extracted verbatim from the Work providing that the copies are not used in any way that implies Texere Publishing Ltd. and endorsement of a product or service.


4.2 Texere Publishing Ltd. at its sole discretion and for any reason, maintains the right not to publish or distribute the Work.


5.0 Parties' obligations


5.1 Texere Publishing Ltd. will not handle third party reprint/republication requests. Third party requests will be directed to the first-named author. Texere Publishing Ltd. also has no obligation to enforce the Author's copyright protections.


5.2 Texere Publishing Ltd. will provide Authors with deadlines to provide drafts and the finished work for publication.  Late delivery may cause publication delays and result in Texere Publishing Ltd. sustaining losses.  Therefore, Texere Publishing Ltd. cannot postpone deadlines and due dates.  In the event the Author delivers the Work late or not at all, Texere Publishing Ltd. shall be entitled to rescind this Agreement without notice.


5.3 The Author is responsible for defending any Texere Publishing Ltd. intellectual property rights for the Work.


5.4 The Author agrees to implement any reasonable changes to the Work requested by Texere Publishing Ltd. after they have been discussed and mutually agreed.


5.5 Any amendments, supplements, or notice of terminating this Agreement must be done in writing, as must any waiver of this requirement for written form.


6.0 Governing Law


6.1 Any claims arising under or relating to this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in all respects in accordance with the law of England and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts in respect of the interpretation of, and any disputes relating to, this agreement or any of its provisions.


6.2 Author agrees that the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is specifically excluded from application to this Agreement. Author consents to the personal jurisdiction of the above courts.


7.0 Entire Agreement


This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Author and Texere Publishing Ltd. and supersedes in their entirety any and all oral or written agreements previously existing between Author and Texere Publishing Ltd. with respect to the subject matter hereof.


8.0 Severability


If a court invalidates any portion of this agreement, the rest of it remains in effect.


Agreement


Applicant Certification: I consent to participate in this competition. I certify that all of the information given in the entry form is correct and has been completed by me. I understand that the answers I am submitting may be used in any way by Texere Publishing Ltd. and will not be returned to me. I certify that I have read and fully understand the eligibility requirements as outlined and that I satisfy all of them.


I certify that the essay that I submit is my own work and that it does not represent the work of others. I certify that my entry is original material not previously published elsewhere, does not contain copyrighted material, and that I have properly cited any sources. I further understand violating rules and/or eligibility requirements may result in disqualification and forfeiture of any awards and that Texere Publishing Ltd. reserves the right in such cases to bar future participation.


I also hereby grant to Texere Publishing Ltd. and their subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising, promotion and production agencies, and their respective assigns, permission to use my name, biographical information and submission in advertising and promotional materials for purposes of advertising or promoting this competition. I acknowledge and agree that I will have no right of approval, no claim to any compensation, and no claim arising out of the use of my submission, name or biographical information in connection with the exercise of the rights granted to Texere Publishing Ltd. and its partners under this certification.