“In exchange for freedom of inquiry, scientists are obliged to explain their work. If science is considered a closed priesthood, too difficult and arcane for the average person to understand, the dangers of abuse are greater. But if science is a topic of general interest and concern — if both its delights and its social consequences are discussed regularly and competently in the schools, the press, and at the dinner table — we have greatly improved our prospects for learning how the world really is and for improving both it and us.”
– Carl Sagan, Broca’s Brain, 1979
- Have contributed mightily to the public understanding and appreciation of science.
- Be a resident of one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.
- Have a history of accomplishment in scientific research.
Wonderfest’s Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization is generously underwritten by Aduro Biotech. We are especially grateful to Aduro Executive Vice President for Research & Development, Dirk Brockstedt.