The Biochemical Society is pleased to announce the winners of its Science Communication Prize 2020.
To celebrate its 10th year, the competition opened entries for two categories – one for Secondary/A-level students and another for Higher Education students (undergraduate and postgraduate). There were a wide range of entries from both categories, which were reviewed by a judging panel of scientists and science communication specialists.
The 2020 winners are:
- 1st place – Clarissa Pereira, from Tiffin Girls’ School with a video on Blood Clotting
- 2nd place – Olga Kryl, Stamford High School, with a video on the Purpose of Sleep
- 3rd place – Sasha Scott, Tiffin School, with a video on What happens when you drink?
Higher Education category
- 1st place – Lauryn Deaville, St Anne’s College, Oxford University, with a video on What makes you tick?
- 2nd place – Victoria Bolton, University of Glasgow, with a video on Leishmania – The story of an ancient survivor
- 3rd place – Shakira Mahadeva, Oxford University, with a video on Switching genes on
Dr Helen Watson, Chair of the Biochemical Society’s Education, Training and Public Engagement Committee, said: “We were delighted to see such a variety of interesting topics for this year’s competition, especially from our new secondary category. Communicating scientific ideas is challenging, but it is also vital, especially in these challenging times. We want to help make science as accessible as possible for the public so it’s essential that we continue to encourage and support effective science communicators.”
First prize winner in the secondary category is Clarissa Pereira from Tiffin Girls’ School, who will soon be starting an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. When notified of her win, she said: “I am so thrilled to have won the Science Communication Prize, especially for such an important topic! The truth about blood clotting is tucked away in scientific journals, hidden behind paywalls and jargon complex enough to put off the most tenacious non-scientist. The difficulties I encountered in researching this topic drove me to make an animated video that could explain the fundamentals of blood clotting in an exciting way.”
Lauryn Deaville is a Biochemistry student at St Anne’s College, Oxford University, and first place winner for the higher education category, added: “After attending a talk on circadian rhythms and hearing about the competition from a tutor, I thought this could be a fun way to develop a new skill and explore an interesting aspect of biochemistry outside of my degree. The application of circadian rhythms to daily life made it the perfect topic for a video entry, and I loved the challenge of creating a story to show to viewers. I am so grateful to have been chosen as this year’s winner, and I hope my video might encourage others to explore the science behind daily life in a creative way!”.
The Biochemical Society’s annual Science Communication Prize celebrates outstanding science communication, encouraging students to develop their skills in scientific public engagement. Entrants must submit an engaging article or video explaining an aspect of biomolecular science to the general public.
For more information, go to biochemistry.org/science-communication-prize