Recognition can be a powerful tool for change
Recognition can validate the achievements of individuals and teams, it has the potential to inspire and support the wider scientific community, and to celebrate the value of science to broader society.
Given this range of purposes, there is clearly no ‘one size fits all’ mechanism for recognition. However, we have an opportunity to use recognition to increase the visibility of the chemical sciences beyond the scientific community.
Prizes and awards can be the mechanism to share exciting new advances with a range of different audiences, and to showcase the impact of research, innovation, engagement and teaching. Prizes and awards should also reflect the diversity of our community.
By naming what we recognise and incentivise through our recognition programmes we be clear about what we believe to be important, using recognition to reflect the chemical sciences at their very best.