Science Communication and Photography Award winners announced
Last night, the results of the Society of Biology Science Communication Awards and photography competition were announced at a Biology Week ceremony in London. The Society of Biology was pleased to have its largest ever number of entries in both the photography and science communication awards.
The Society of Biology Science Communication Awards 2012 went to established researcher Dr Christopher Smith, Cambridge University & Addenbrooke's Hospital, and new researcher Elizabeth Granger from the University of Manchester.
This year’s photography competition was on the theme of ‘how biology can save the world’. The top prize was awarded to Chi Keung Wong for his image ‘Farming the sea’, and the winning junior photographer was 8 year old Ziamel Abbygaile M. Zacarias. All images on the shortlist are available to view and buy.
The science communication awards recognise outstanding science communication work conducted by UK biologists to inform, enthuse and engage the wider community. The audiences vary from school children to patients to the general public and projects ranged from written articles to art displays. Overall the judges were looking for a programme of activities that have brought good quality science to non-academic audiences in engaging ways that are likely to foster a lasting interest in biology.
Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Society of Biology, says: "It is essential that scientists share their research with members of the public so that we can all explore the ethical implications of our advances in knowledge. I am pleased to see the entrants to our Science Communication Awards sharing their research in such engaging ways. They are also helping to inspire our next generation of scientists!"
The Society of Biology would like to thank the Wellcome Trust for their support of the Science Communication Awards and Olympus for their support of the photography competition.