We are pleased to announce the winners of our Science Communication Competition 2019. Now in its ninth year, the competition attracts entries from all over the world which are 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.
The first prize entries to the competition will be published on the Society’s website and featured in the August issue of The Biochemist. The second prize winners will be published in the October issue and the third prize winners in the December issue.
Judy Sayers, first prize winner in the written category, said: “I am really thrilled to have won first prize in the science-writing competition. I am delighted to have this opportunity to add my own whimsical little contribution to such an important and ongoing debate! I would like to extend my thanks to the Biochemical Society, and I look forward to honing my science communication skills and sharing more scientific tales in the future.”
The 2019 Science Communication Competition winners in the written category are:
1st Prize: Judy Sayers from University of Cambridge, with a poem on the use of CRISPR/Cas9 in human embryos titled A Tale of Two Twins.
2nd Prize: Patrick Shearer from University of Glasgow, with a fictional narrative on HIV titled Fighting For Your Life.
3rd Prize: Katie Ember from University of Edinburgh, with a non-fiction piece on GMO and non-GMO food titled Apples is apples, unless they’re not.
The 2019 Science Communication Competition winners in the video category are:
1st Prize: Emily Armstrong from University of Glasgow, with a video on plant biology and how Brexit is changing our food supply.
2nd Prize: Louise McAteer from Trinity College Dubline, with a video on energy metabolism.
3rd Prize: Amber Barton from University of Oxford, with a video on the pathogenesis of typhoid fever.
When notified of her first prize win in the video category, Emily Armstrong said: “I am absolutely blown away by being awarded first prize for my video to the Biochemical Society. It’s so important the public understands how and why we study plants, as our entire society is built on plants as both food and fuel. Plant scientists must effectively communicate that our reliance on plants is universal, and we need do everything we can to understand them.”
Congratulations to all the winners!
The full shortlist of entries that made it through to the final judging round can be seen below:
|Emily Armstrong||Getting to the Root of the Matter (VIDEO) and ‘Where’s the Lettuce? Food, Climate Change, and Brexit’||University of Glasgow|
|Ester Pascual Baixauli||Is it time to bin the vaccines?||The Open University|
|Amber Barton||The Adventures of Salmonella Typhi||University of Oxford|
|Alexis Bick||Can genetics help customise a cure to all diseases?||University of Cape Town|
|Katie Ember||Apples is apples, unless they’re not||University of Edinburgh|
|Madeleine Iafrate||Living Drugs: Hope or Hype?||King’s College London|
|Louise McAteer||How Do We Make Energy from Food, Anyway?||Trinity College Dublin|
|Claire Noble||Simplifying the machinery of life||University of Bristol|
|Judy Sayers||A Tale of Two Twins||University of Cambridge|
|Patrick Shearer||Fighting For Your Life||University of Glasgow|
|A very fairy tale about very real events in the Cancer Kingdom||German Cancer Research Center|
|The Rime of the Plastic Waster – How Can We Make Biomedical Research More Sustainable?||Queen Mary University of London|
|The Lie of the Little Green Men: Concerning Extraterrestrial Life||Queen Mary University of London|
By Dr Pedro Ferreira, Public Engagement Manager, Biochemical Society