We are pleased to announce the winners of our Science Communication Competition. Now in its fifth year, the competition attracted 47 entries which were reviewed by our panel of expert judges. The competition asks entrants to create an engaging, creative article or video explaining biomolecular topics to the general public. More information about the competition can be found on our website.
1st prize: Emma Yhnell (Cardiff University), studying for a PhD in Huntington’s disease research, article title “James and the Giant Gene”. Emma said, “Thank you to the Biochemical Society for organising such a great science writing competition, which has allowed me the opportunity to communicate complex scientific research and ideas to the general public.”
2nd prize: Paul Brack (Loughborough University), studying for a PhD in Chemistry, article title “Norman Heatley: the forgotten man of penicillin”. Paul said, “I am very pleased that the judges enjoyed reading my entry, and I would like to thank them, and the Biochemical Society for holding this competition. It was fun to write about one of greatest stories in science, that of penicillin and of Norman Heatley’s crucial, but sometimes forgotten, role in it.”
3rd prize: Rosemary Chamberlain (University of Oxford), studying for an MBiochem, article title “From bark to bacteria: the natural sources of modern medicine”. Rosemary said, “I’m delighted to have received this prize for my article. There is so much to be excited about in science, and I love the challenge of communicating this to the wider public.”
1st prize: Chris Morgan ((University of Birmingham), studying a PhD in Biosciences, video title “CRISPR-Cas: targeted gene editing”. Chris said, “Making my video was great fun and provided a cheerful distraction from the usual day-to-day labwork! Thanks to the Biochemical Society for providing such a fantastic opportunity to showcase the latest and greatest developments in biomolecular research.”
2nd prize: Milana Trepetova and Andrea Seferis (Imperial College London), studying BSc Biology with Year of Management, video title “3 person in vitro fertilization technique”. Milana and Andrea said “The process of making an educational video turned out to be very educative in itself”.
Hannah Russell, Head of Education & Training, said “The Society recognises the value of good science communication in engaging young people, the media and the public in scientific issues and research. Our Science Communication Competition provides a way to encourage and recognise the talents of undergraduate and postgraduate students in this important and growing field.”
In addition to a cash prize, the winning entries will be published in the Society’s members’ magazine The Biochemist, and on the Society’s website.