Now in its eighth year, The Lush Prize has grown to become the largest global awards programme to recognise scientists and campaigners working to replace animals in chemical safety testing. It has provided more than £2 million to support animal-free testing and campaigns around the world. Now is your chance to be part of this vitally important process, which is helping to protect animals internationally.
Each year one customer and one staff member is placed alongside scientists and specialists as part of the Lush Prize judging panel so they can represent the views of the wider public.
Making sure that everyone is represented is important - after all public pressure was vital in securing non-animal testing policies in the European Parliament. In fact, it has been key to all the improvements to animal welfare throughout the ages, so guest members of the judging panel are granted the same voting rights as the experts.
To become the 2020 Lush Prize Lay Judge you don’t need to be a scientist or an expert – although an understanding of animal campaigning or science would be a bonus. All you need is a passion for animal welfare and a desire to reward those involved in innovating the advances in non-animal testing methods.
The Prize has always been encouraged by the potential of 21st century technologies, like genetics and robotics, to replace the Victorian-era technology of live animal use. This year it is expanding its vision to seek nominations from researchers working specifically in computational toxicology, organs-on-chips and molecular pathways. It is also experimenting with a new ‘future award’ for the best proposal for a public awareness-raising campaign.
Judges would need to read all prize entries in advance of the Lush Prize event, form opinions on them and represent the voice of the public during judging. They must also be available on January 24th 2020, in London, to join the other judges in reviewing and choosing this year’s prize winners.
This is a volunteer post, but The Lush Prize will meet all travel costs and expenses.
If being the 2020 Lush Prize Lay Judge sounds like your type of thing, simply tell us in your own words what experience you would bring and why you should be the person to represent the public on the judging panel this year.
Please email applications to [email protected] - with the subject ‘Customer judge’.
The closing date for entries is 30th October 2019
Lush Prize is run independently by Ethical Consumer Organisation. To learn more visit The Lush Prize website www.lushprize.org
Nominations open on September 9th and close on December 6th. Individuals or groups can nominate themselves or others via the website at www.lushprize.org
Winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony and conference in May 2020.