University of Dundee

Announcement of Inaugural Award: Sir David Lane Award for Excellence in Public Engagement

19 Nov 2008

The College of Life Sciences and Revealing Research are pleased to announce the first Sir David Lane Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. This inaugural award recognises the work of outstanding science communicators at the College of Life Sciences towards improving understanding of the work of the College and University to a wider audience.

The new Revealing Research initiative aims to develop a diverse range of public events that will give researchers fun and exciting opportunities to discuss their work with the public. In partnership with Generic Skills Dundee the new Revealing Research programme aims to provide high quality Communication training and Public Engagement opportunities to large numbers of early career researchers.

It rewards those who have volunteered their own time to represent the College to public audiences. The University Public Engagement Coordinator and Director of Revealing Research, Dr. Jon Urch said, ‘This award is a measure of how strongly public outreach is supported at both University and College level at the University of Dundee.’

The prize has been made possible through the support of Prof. Mike Ferguson, Dean of Research and Prof. Sir David Lane - whose pioneering work has done much to raise the profile of Life Sciences research in Dundee and internationally - has very generously agreed to lend his name to the award.

The Sir David Lane CLS award for Excellence in Public Engagement recognises an individual or group for work such as hosting school visits, talks and other public events or through publishing and broadcasting.

The annual prize is open to all College of Life Sciences staff. The recipients will receive a certificate of recognition and prize money of £500 that they can use towards their future science communication activity.

We welcome nominations that detail the breadth and depth of research performed at the College of Life Sciences.

Following the award presentation during January 2009, the winner will be given the opportunity to present a public lecture.

Revealing Research is very keen to work with all of the other Colleges to introduce similar awards in each College.

Eligibility and nominations:

To be eligible, the nominated work must have been carried out in the past two years. Nominees can be nominated by a third party or nominate themselves.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Thursday 4th December 2008.

Full details of how to submit a nomination are available for download either in Word Document or PDF.