Entries for 2019 are now closed. The winner will be announced in early October
UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2019
2019 theme: ‘Not-so-smart technology’
We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. We’re living in a new era where pioneering technologies are altering every aspect of life. As far as we’ve come, there are still many problems that are yet to be solved. Scientists are issuing dire warnings about climate change, machine technology is redefining the workforce and diseases like Alzheimer’s are on the rise as we face an ageing population.
In 800 words or less, identify and discuss a problem in the world that has yet to be solved by contemporary science and technology. Your answer could reflect on any issue big or small, such as the number of robots that do chores or the degree of cultural diversity in smartphone apps.
Why do you think this problem remains unsolved? What does it say about how technology is created, and the people behind it? Do you think technology will solve this problem in the future?
Your 800 words essay could consist of:
– A news story on the state of medical technology around the world.
– An investigation into how science and technology is developed, from funding to sales.
– An essay on an unsolved issue that is personally important to you.
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About the UNSW Bragg Student Science Prize
The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience. An initiative of UNSW Press, UNSW Science and Refraction Media, the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. For an aspiring university Dean of Science or Walkley Award-winning journalist, this could be the first entry on their CV.
The Bragg Prizes are named for Australia’s very first Nobel Laureates, the father-and-son team of William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg. 2015 marked the centenary of their Nobel Prize win in Physics for their work on the X-ray analysis of crystal structures. William Henry Bragg was a firm believer in making science popular among young people. His lectures for students were described as models of clarity and intellectual excitement. More information about the Bragg prizes can be found here.