Impact PrizesEach year, scientists from across the Institute come together for the annual Lab Talks symposium. As part of the event, the Institute presents several prizes in recognition of key successes over the past year.
The Sir Michael Berridge Prize celebrates the contributions of a PhD student or Postdoc to an outstanding piece of published research, whilst the Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation and Public Engagement Prizes are presented to scientists that have gone above and beyond to maximise the impact of their work. The prizewinners are selected by judging panels including both internal and external representatives. Finally, the Image Prize for the best research image of the year is selected by a popular vote including all Institute members.
Sir Michael Berridge Prize
2017 WinnerFor the first time in several years, the Berridge Prize was awarded to a PhD student, Amanda Collier, a member of the Rugg-Gunn lab. The award celebrates high-quality research and was presented to Amanda in recognition of her work as first author on a paper published by Cell Stem Cell in March. Her investigations have helped to reveal molecular markers that can monitor differentiating cells as they progress between cell states.
Previous YearsVisit the Sir Michael Berridge Prize page to read about previous winners and nominees.
Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) PrizeThe Babraham Institute’s Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) Prize recognises an individual or team who have contributed to the Institute's KEC activities, demonstrating their passion for generating impact and transferring their knowledge.
2017 WinnerThis year's winner is Becky Gilley from the Cook lab for her leadership of a Campus Collaboration Fund with Phoremost, which has been instrumental in priming a subsequent successful application to Innovate UK/TSB by PhoreMost and the Babraham Institute.
Comments from the committee and external judges stated that Becky demonstrated a strong understanding of Babraham Institute science and its potential industrial application, was involved in the planning of commercial work and driving it forward and established a strong collaboration with Phoremost to develop a Proof of Concept project.
- Lina Dobnikar, Natasha Morgan, Michiel Thiecke and Rachael Huntly, who won the national Biotechnology YES competition by developing a commercial proposal to overcome a parasite that has been identified as a major cause of bee colony collapse disorder.
- Laetititia Chauve has been responsible for organising the Cambridge Area Worm Meeting since 2014, which has led to funding for the European Genie network conference. She was also part of the organising committee for the Ageing Cell Conference and played a major part in the smooth running of the talks.
- Clara Novo, Danika Hill and Claire Senner who successfully conceived and coordinated a joint postdoc retreat with another EU-Life Institute, the Gulbenkian Institute in Portugal (IGC) in October 2017. They have also organised funding that fully covers the costs of registration, accommodation and travel of 30 BI postdocs.
Previous YearsVisit the KEC award page to read about previous winners and nominees.
Public Engagement (PE) PrizeThe 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.
Claire 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.
- 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 the Cambridge Academy for Science & Technology (formerly UTC), 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.
Previous YearsVisit the PE award page to read about previous winners and nominees.
Image PrizeEach year members of the Institute can put forward images for the Imaging Prize, usually created using the Institute's Imaging Facility.
The winner is selected by everyone in the Institute through a public vote.
This year's winning image 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.