The Sir Arthur Clarke Innovator’s Award Recipient

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for Inspiring TV Programs that Demonstrate the Role of
Science in Uncovering Nature’s Wonders

NOVA is the most-watched prime time science series on U.S. television, as well as a multimedia, multiplatform enterprise, reaching more than 55 million Americans every year on TV and online. NOVA produces and distributes a wide range of science content, including long- and short-form documentaries, articles, podcasts, social media content, educational materials, and interactive games.

Currently in its 48th season with over 900 episodes aired on PBS, NOVA remains committed to telling in-depth science stories that resonate with viewers of all ages and backgrounds. The content includes both science journalism and science communication, aimed at a wide, general audience, and has been recognized with the industry’s most prestigious awards, including 28 Emmys, 26 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards, 9 George Foster Peabody Awards, and 12 Dupont-Columbia Awards.

For decades, the series has been producing films tthat make complex science topics like quantum physics and chemistry accessible to a general audience. And while NOVA continues to explain and celebrate new scientific discoveries, today it is also intentional about using these same platforms to tell more stories that are centered at the intersection of science, society, and social justice.

NOVA is also highlighting the work of creators who have not been well-represented in the field of science communication, particularly women and creators of color. Additionally, it recognizes and acknowledges that there are powerful stories to be told about the foundations of knowledge and the production of new knowledge that are not easily categorized within typical academic scientific disciplines.

NOVA believes that widespread engagement  with scientific ideas in every community is essential for a just society and an informed citizenry. Science has enormous power – the potential for inspiring the joy of discovery, finding solutions to problems, and doing great good. But it is also a human enterprise that is imperfect and has the potential for doing great harm, so for NOVA, it’s crucial that everyone’s voice be represented in all NOVA content.

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NOVA Co-Executive Producers Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt will accept the award on behalf of NOVA and join the Clarke Conversation on Imagination panel at our live event!

Co-Executive Producer NOVA

Julia Cort, together with Co -EP Chris Schmidt, oversees the long running PBS science series NOVA and is committed to making inclusive science documentaries that are accessible to all.

During her time with the series, she has contributed to more than one hundred films and miniseries, covering everything from quantum mechanics to genetic engineering to climate change.

Ms. Cort’s work has been honored with the George Foster Peabody Award, the National Academies Keck Communication Award, the AAAS Science Journalism Award, the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, the Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award and the News & Documentary Emmy.

Co-Executive Producer, NOVA

Chris is an award winning producer and director of documentaries and factual television series. Primarily focused on long form films, Chris oversees NOVA’s development team in creating new multihour projects in collaboration with U.S. filmmakers and international co producers.

Since joining NOVA in 2012, he has developed and contributed to more than 100 groundbreaking films and series including The Planets, Black Hole Apocalypse, Great Math Mystery, Einstein’s Quantum Riddle Eclipse Over America, Making North America, Hunting The Elements, Making Stuff, and Cyberwar Threat.

His work has received the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award, the AAAS Gold Kavli Science Journalism award, the Cine Golden Eagle and many nominations for the News and Documentary Emmy Award.

Plan to hear Ms. Cort and Mr. Schmidt on our panel of Awardees at this year’s live event:

Unleash Imagination

Shape the Future

Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the Clarke Conversation on Imagination
November 17, 2021
Embassy of France, Washington, D.C.
Reception, Dinner, and Awards Program

Place Your Bid in the Silent Auction!

Get in on this year's Silent Auction of 10 autographed sets which include autographed copies of:

  • The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything signed by Michio Kaku
  • Nova hand signed by Samuel R. Delany
  • Four NOVA DVDs which include 4 films and almost 7 hours from the 2020/2021 NOVA seasons: Picture a Scientist, Beyond the Elements, Secrets in our DNA, and Looking for Life on Mars signed by co-executive producers Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt.

Nowhere Else Can You Get This Collection!

How to Bid:

Bidding in person at the event in Washington: Bids will be collected just prior to the program start. Winners will be announced at the end of the evening. Seven sets will be delivered to the seven highest bidders at the French Embassy.

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