Public Engagement Medals

Funding area: Prizes & Medals

Through encouraging those who engage the public with research, the RSE is supporting the ‎advancement of public discussion on significant matters. Rewarding those who are ‎exemplary at communicating and facilitating this engagement, is an important step in ‎enabling cultural change amongst research organizations, which is necessary to ensure that ‎the public receives the greatest benefit from Scotland’s pioneering research and innovation.‎

The Royal Society of Edinburgh launched the RSE Medals for Public Engagement in 2011, with ‎the aim of recognising and rewarding the advancement of high-quality public engagement ‎with research. In 2011 and 2012, the medals were supported by Edinburgh Beltane.‎ The medals are now supported by the James Weir Foundation.

 

Please note that nominations can only be made by Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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Nominations can only be made by Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Nominations can be made via the new online system through the member area.

Along with the nomination form you are required to upload a CV and publication list for the candidate as well as two references.

Full guidance notes can be found in the member area.

 


The 2020 RSE Medals for Public Engagement supported by The James Weir Foundation are:-

Innovator’s Public Engagement Medal to Dr Paul O’Mahoney, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Dundee for his passion for engaging the public in his University of Dundee research, using a range of different mediums to achieve this and the work he has done with different groups that has had an impact on school children to patients alike.

Senior Public Engagement Medal to Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Professor of Forensic Science and Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee for her work placing public engagement at the heart of her research and supporting others to do so. It is also awarded for her work as an outstanding communicator who has connected global audiences with her work and created approaches that empower the public to contribute to research.


The 2019 RSE Medals for Public Engagement supported by The James Weir Foundation are:-

Innovator’s Public Engagement Medal to Senga Robertson‐Albertyn, PhD student, University of Dundee / James Hutton Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Davide Bulgarelli, for her enthusiasm, commitment and innovative approaches to public engagement.

Senior Public Engagement Medal to Dr Simon Gage OBE, Director and CEO, Edinburgh Science, for his contribution to science engagement and public understanding of science.


The 2018 RSE Medals for Public Engagement supported by The James Weir Foundation are:-

Innovator’s Public Engagement Medal to Mr Lewis Hou, Founder and Director of the Science Ceilidh and Research Assistant, Clinical Research Imaging Centre, University of Edinburgh, for his innovative and original contributions to public engagement, particularly in thinking creatively about combining arts and sciences through his Science Ceilidh which has engaged over 5000 people around the UK with science and folk festivals and collaborations with Cancer Research UK, ScienceGRRl and various science festivals, including the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Senior Public Engagement Medal to Professor Rory Duncan, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, for his passion and enormously productive advocacy for public engagement in Scotland, the UK and internationally.


The 2017 RSE Medals for Public Engagement supported by The James Weir Foundation are:-

Innovator’s Public Engagement Medal to Dr Sinead Rhodes, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, for her substantial and innovative work with the RSE Young Academy of Scotland on the “Research the Headlines” project.

Senior Public Engagement Medal to Professor Daniele Faccio, Professor in Physics, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, for his science engagement and outreach talks, videos, television and YouTube presentations on black hole physics and novel imaging technologies.


The 2016 RSE Medals for Public Engagement supported by The James Weir Foundation are:-

Innovator’s Public Engagement Medal to Dr Helen Bridle, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, for her innovative and original contributions to public engagement as an ambassador for (young women) engineers and engineering through her work including delivering her “Ingenious!” outreach scheme to schools and her publication in “Lab on a Chip” which has led to increased public engagement activities across schools and science festivals.

Senior Public Engagement Medal to Professor Iain Stewart, Professor of Geosciences Communication, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, for its exceptional and broad-ranging science engagement with the general public through the medium of broadcasting and with school pupils and teachers in the form of lectures and events, including the RSE’s @Lochaber programme of activities.


The 2015 RSE Medals for Public Engagement supported by The James Weir Foundation are:-

Innovator’s Public Engagement Medal to Dr Mhairi Stewart, Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, University of Glasgow, for her outstanding contribution to public engagement through her innovative practice of engaging through communities of interest by using creativity as a tool for engagement, particularly in creating art and science collaborative activities.

Senior Public Engagement Medal to Professor Martin Hendry MBE FRSE, Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, for his exceptional and sustained track record of science engagement with the general public, schools, societies and science festivals throughout the world and for the breadth of material presented.


Innovator’s Public Engagement Medal to Dr Kevin O’Dell, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, for his outstanding contribution to public engagement through his skills in both genetics and communication to engage young adults with the world of genetics, particularly through his Zombie Science shows.

Senior Public Engagement Medal to Professor Andrew Whiten FRSE FBA, Wardlaw Professor of Psychology and Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology, University of St Andrews, for his extensive, creative and unique forms of public engagement, particularly as founding Director of the “Living Links to Human Evolution” Research Centre at Edinburgh Zoo.