Solving questions and dreaming with science

1. This may be a big issue like water shortages or plastic use or a small local one such as how to make recycling easier in your home … the limit is your imagination!

2. The specific criteria are in the How to Enter section but the first step is to dare to dream!

The Contest begins on 1st December each year and closes on 12th of April the following year.

A panel of judges will select shortlisted entries in each of the three categories by early April each year following competition closure and those selected will be invited to the Annual Business of Science Conference to present a Poster of their entry.  The Winner will then be selected in each category and the awards presented at the conclusion of the Conference.

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What are your science dreamings?

The award is designed to encourage submissions from people who want to solve problems through science, or who want science to solve problems. Three winners will be presented with the Awards at the close of the Conference on 16th May 2019 in Leeds.

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Entry Categories



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How To Enter

Capture your dreams and idea through a picture, a paragraph (or two) or a combination of both on one page and submit it through this site. The judges will then use the following 5 criteria to select the shortlist in each category.

General qualities of and aspiration of the idea – does it represent an ambitious dream or a significant improvement to an existing approach?

Aesthetic and Design qualities – what could be possible?

The product’s intended use / function and use value. How can it make a positive impact to the quality of life for its users or those affected by its use?

Why does the product / idea deserve the BoS Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique / novel features and application and what others would find attractive?

How significant / ambitious and practical is the product / idea and could it revolutionise a current process, application or approach to a need or problem?


Meet The Judges

Steve Bennett

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Founder and Managing Director of Business of Science

Dr Leigh Hoath

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Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Leeds Trinity University

Dr Geoff Mackey

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Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director at BASF

Dr Jaclyn Bell

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Space and Physics Projects Manager, UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres

David Ellis

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Chair of Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland 2021-2022

Annette Bramley

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Director of N8

Key Dates

1st Dec 2018

Competition Opening

12th April 2019

Contest closes

17th April 2019

Judging Day

From 17th April 2019

Contestants notified

16th May 2019

Shortlist Poster displays at the BoS Conference

Business of Science

Dreams and ideas drive innovation and they need to be taken seriously…which is where business fits in…

Let us share great ideas together and take a closer look at what we do not yet know.

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