Longitude Prize—What is the greatest scientific challenge of our time?
- By: Rhys Davies
On 19 May the Longitude Prize 2014 was launched at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House, London. Funded by Nesta, a charity dedicated to innovation, the prize offers a £10m (€12m; $17m) reward for solving the greatest scientific challenge of our time. The focus of the challenge is to be decided by public vote and the polls are open until 25 June.
Six shortlisted challenges cover a range of fields and specialties, some of which are medical:
The Longitude Prize 2014 is supported by the BBC and the National Maritime Museum. The public vote was opened after the BBC Horizon programme “The £10 Million Challenge” on 22 May. This democratisation of science is an important aspect of the prize. Universities and science minister, David Willetts, said, “What makes this prize so innovative is that the public will be given the power to decide which area of science and society will benefit