A new award designed to recognise those making a difference to communities, global challenges or society anywhere in the world via science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) has been launched by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).The IET is calling on the general public to send in their nominations for its new IET STEM Personality of the Year Award, which has been launched as part of its upcoming 150th anniversary.Open to anyone in the world, the Award aims to recognise an individual or group of people who are making a difference to our world. They could be helping local communities, fighting global challenges or generally benefiting society anywhere in the world, through a direct or indirect association with engineering or technology. They should be STEM role models for young people to aspire to, highly regarded in their field and excellent communicators.Professor Danielle George, incoming IET President, said: “We know that there are fantastic people making a real difference to the world via STEM, so we’re really excited to launch this once in a lifetime Award to recognise their work. As well as those working in STEM fields, we want to encourage nominations to celebrate all the diverse people across the sector to show that STEM is everywhere, so we need the public’s help in finding our winner.”Nominations will close on 28 August 2020 and the winner will be announced in April 2021. A prestigious 150th celebration event at IET London: Savoy Place will take place on 24 May 2021, where it is hoped the STEM Personality of the Year winner will host a special talk. Anyone that nominates will be entered into a prize draw to win an Apple iPad (32 GB).The Award is part of a range of activities for the IET’s 150th year, which aims to highlight those using engineering and technology solutions to solve a variety of global challenges across the world and to share these stories beyond the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) bubble, reaching new audiences globally.For more information and to nominate, please visit http://theiet.org/stem-personality.

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