The purpose of the Sir Walter Bodmer Award is to publicly acknowledge the contributions volunteers make to the BSA and to encourage others to volunteer. Volunteers are defined as those individuals who give their time, unpaid, to advance the aims of the BSA, outside the requirements of their principle employment. The award is usually made to an individual, but may be made to a group of volunteers.

Anyone is eligible to nominate him- or herself, or an individual or group of BSA volunteers. Nominations are accepted each spring, and the winner is then announced during Volunteers’ Week.

The BSA’s volunteers primarily fall into the following categories, although this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Branch volunteers
  • Section members
  • Council members
  • General Committee members
  • Honorary Fellows
  • Science club leaders
  • CREST mentors

Award criteria and nomination rules

  • Nominees will be assessed based on the impact and innovation of their volunteer work for the BSA
  • Anyone may make a nomination, whether they are BSA staff, members, existing volunteers or people not associated with the BSA
  • An individual may nominate more than one person or group, including themselves (if self-nominating, you will be asked to provide details of at least one reference for support)
  • Nominations may only be made through a completed nomination form (see link below)
  • BSA staff and their family members may not be nominated

The short nomination form is now open. You will be asked to briefly describe (in 500 words or less) the nominee’s volunteer activity, its nature and its impact.

The deadline for 2017 nominations is 26 May 2017 at 5pm.

For more information, please contact the Engagement Team: regions@britishscienceassociation.org.

Please read about our recent winners:

  • 2016: Bob Foster, BSA Bristol and Bath Branch Chair
  • 2015: Pam Ash, BSA Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch founding member, Co-founder of Isle of Wight Café Scientifique