We are pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural Science Communication Competition.
Entrants were required to submit an original piece of writing on a biomolecular topic, aimed at the general public.
– 1st Prize – William Brandler, (University of Oxford), ‘The genetic revolution – implications for our health, children, and gym attendance’. This explored the current successes of the Human Genome Project and the potential impact it may have the future.
– 2nd Prize – Rafaele de Leon, (University of Oxford), ‘Resistance is futile’. This highlighted the advances being made in the field of anti-malarial treatments.
– 3rd Prize – Karina Vanadzina, (University of Warwick), ‘The two-faced Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds: are we missing out on LSD?’ This delved into the history of LSD, its mechanism of action and its use as potential treatment for disorders like depression and OCD.
Gemma Garrett, Head of Education, said “The Society recognises the importance of good science communication to engaging young people, the media and the public in scientific issues and research. As such, we were really encouraged by the talent displayed by the students who took part in the competition. The judges were highly impressed with both the number and the quality of the entries but felt the winners stood out for their creativity, clarity and ability to engage the target audience.
In addition to a cash prize, the winning article will be published in the Society’s members’ magazine The Biochemist, and on the Society’s website. The prizes will be awarded at a special Centenary event in London.
Further information can be found on our website.