Do you have a colleague whose contribution to The Cochrane Collaboration you would like to honour, and who is not recognised through scientific awards? Every year, a highlight of the Cochrane Colloquium is the awarding of the Chris Silagy Prize. Not only is it a time to celebrate the memory of Chris, but it is an all-too-infrequent opportunity to honour and thank one of the many people who work in support of The Cochrane Collaboration. For those of us who make a scientific contribution, there are many rewards in the form of publication, opportunities to present our work and to build our academic careers. The Collaboration would not function, however, without the wonderful efforts of those who provide support to our work in the form of infrastructure, administration, cohesion and volunteer effort. The Chris Silagy Prize gives us the opportunity to thank these important colleagues.
Call for nominations
The call for nominations for this prize is now open and will be presented at the Auckland Cochrane Colloquium in October. Nominations should be emailed to Jini Hetherington (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31 July 2012. Nominations should include the name of the nominator and two seconders, an email acceptance of the nomination by the nominee and a one-page statement outlining the reasons for the nomination.
Potential recipients are required to have:
- made an extraordinary contribution to The Cochrane Collaboration;
- made a contribution that exceeds the expectations of their employment;
- made a contribution to The Cochrane Collaboration that would not be recognised outside the scope of this Prize
(PLEASE NOTE: Publishing a piece of research work or preparing a Cochrane systematic review do not fall within the scope of this Prize, as they qualify for other awards and methods of recognition);
- been identified by their peers as consistently contributing to a spirit of collaboration
More information about the Chris Silagy Prize can be found at http://www.cochrane.org/docs/prizes.htm#csprize .