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Image prize 2017

Public Engagement Prize

The Babraham Institute's Public Engagement Prize recognises an individual or team who have contributed to the Institute's public engagement and science communication activities, demonstrating their passion for science and enthusiasm and commitment to inspiring generations.

A prize is also awarded for the best scientific image of the year, usually created by researchers using the Institute's Imaging Facility. This year's winning image, shown above, is by Juri Kazakevych and shows the lining of the large intestine. DNA in the cell nuclei is shown in red. Histone-crotonylation, an epigenetic mark involved in gene activation, is shown in green. Yellow indicates colocalization of both stainings.

2017 Prize Winner

ClaireClaire Senner was awarded the Public Engagement Prize for her successful Royal Society Partnership Grant, working with Hitchin Girls School on a project investigating X-chromosome inactivation. The external judges, from The University of Cambridge and The Royal Society, commented on the range of activities and how well they had been run.

Other Nominations in 2017

Abraham Mains, Laetitia Chauve and Boo Virk for their successful Royal Society Partnership Grant, working with Colchester County High School for Girls on a project investigating transgeneral effects of heat shock in C. elegans.

Simon Walker and Hanneke Okkenhaug, for their support of the Teacher Twilight event, the careers video series and for organising their Imaging project with Babraham Primary School to create science-inspired art for an exhibition in Ely Cathedral.

Boo Virk and Dorottya Horkai, for supporting primary and secondary school outreach, science festivals and notably for developing and delivering new ‘Technasium’ challenge projects relating to their science facilities for the Institute’s partnership with a school in the Netherlands.

Katherine Fletcher, for supporting secondary school science clubs and the 2016 Ethics Workshop, and for her contributions to the Protein Challenge Project with University Technical College, Cambridge - lab sessions, poster workshop and resource booklet.

Laetitia Chauve, for supporting primary and secondary school outreach at Babraham, including the Cambridge Science Festival and the Casanueva Group Royal Society Partnership Grant.


2016 Prize Winners

AmyAmy, a member of the Okkenhaug lab, was acknowledged for her consistent support of the Institute’s PE programme across a number of years. She was recognised for the extent of her contribution to the development of the 2015 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, including take a leading role in the associated video.
OlgaOlga, a member of the Corcoran lab, was recognised for her work as a PE Champion for the Nuclear Dynamics programme.  In this role she encourages others to get involved in activities and was involved in the design and development of a DNA-packaging activity for the Institute’s Molecular Explorers exhibit.


2015 Prize Winners

The joint winners in 2015 were  Claire Harwell and Simon Rudge who both work in the Institute’s Signalling research programme.

Claire HarwellClaire (l), a PhD student in the Coleman Lab was recognised for her enthusiasm and dedication to engaging a wide variety of audiences. Even before joining Babraham as a summer student in 2012 she published a Science in Society Review in the Cambridge Triple Helix journal on ‘locked-in syndrome’. Since joining the Institute as a PhD student in 2013 she has engaged in a wide range of science communication activities, including tireless work for Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK), Cambridge Science Festival, schools and undergraduate supervisions.
Simon RudgeDr Simon Rudge (r), a Senior Researcher in the Wakelam Lab was acknowledged in recognition of his efforts in setting up the Babraham Institute’s Protein Challenge project for and with the University Technical College (UTC link) Cambridge. Simon has been instrumental in converting a one-day outreach activity into an 8-week challenge project for 14-16 year old students and dedicated a significant proportion of his time to ensure that the project was delivered successfully.

Speaking about her award, Claire said “I am very pleased to have been given this award - it was very unexpected!”. Simon was equally modest when talking about the UTC project, “I enjoyed designing the project and working with the UTC staff and students this year. I never imagined I would be nominated, never mind win this award!”.
The Public Engagement prize entries were judged by public engagement specialists from the BBSRC and Cambridge University who praised the Babraham Institute not only for the winning candidates but also for the number of quality nominations. One judge commented “Overall a good collection of applications and quite hard to compare and rank them”.