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Call for nominations for once in a lifetime The IET STEM Personality of the Year Award

The IET is calling on the general public to send in their nominations for its new IET STEM Personality of the Year Award, which has been launched as part of its upcoming 150th anniversary.

Open to anyone in the world, the Award aims to recognise an individual or group of people who are making a difference to our world. They could be helping local communities, fighting global challenges or generally benefiting society anywhere in the world, through a direct or indirect association with engineering or technology. They should be STEM role models for young people to aspire to, highly regarded in their field and excellent communicators.

Professor Danielle George, incoming IET President, said: “We know that there are fantastic people making a real difference to the world via STEM, so we’re really excited to launch this once in a lifetime Award to recognise their work. As well as those working in STEM fields, we want to encourage nominations to celebrate all the diverse people across the sector to show that STEM is everywhere, so we need the public’s help in finding our winner.”

Nominations will close on 28 August 2020 and the winner will be announced in April 2021. A prestigious 150th celebration event at IET London: Savoy Place will take place on 24 May 2021, where it is hoped the STEM Personality of the Year winner will host a special talk. Anyone that nominates will be entered into a prize draw to win an Apple iPad (32 GB).

The Award is part of a range of activities for the IET’s 150th year, which aims to highlight those using engineering and technology solutions to solve a variety of global challenges across the world and to share these stories beyond the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) bubble, reaching new audiences globally.

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Notes to Editor

About the Award

  • Nominations will be submitted to the IET@150 Project Steering Committee in the form of a short proposal setting out how the candidate/s fulfil the criteria for consideration by a judging panel to be convened by Prof Danielle George.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations should be confidential, should not be advertised or discussed openly, and should not be reported to the candidate.
  • Previous recipients of other IET Awards, and current or recent Presidents and Trustees, are excluded from this award.
  • Nominations will be assessed by the IET@150 Project Steering Committee for recommendation to the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.

About the IET

  • We inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world.
  • We are a diverse home for engineering and technology intelligence throughout the world. This breadth and depth means we are uniquely placed to help the sector progress society.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and technology to change outdated perceptions and tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
  • Interview opportunities are available with our spokespeople from a range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and diversity in engineering.
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