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Launch of Kroto award for Public Engagement

The School of Life Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of an annual public engagement award, open to academics within the School.

The award is named after Sir Harry Kroto FRS, a former University of Sussex Professor who won the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for their discovery of fullerenes, a form of carbon including “buckyballs”.

During his lifetime, Harry was a keen advocate for outreach, setting up the educational charity Vegas Science Trust, as well as taking part in numerous public engagements and encouraging researchers in his lab to do the same.

Professor Sarah Guthrie, Head of the School of Life Sciences said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the Kroto award for Public Engagement. This is an opportunity to celebrate an outstanding scientist who rightly saw outreach as part of academic endeavour. We look forward to recognising our current scientists who have the same commitment to wider engagement with research.”

Nominations for the Kroto award are now open. Academics can by nominated by anyone in the School until Friday 15th November. The award will be presented at the School of Life Sciences’ annual research symposium on Tuesday 10th December 2019.

Public Engagement Coordinator Dr Katy Petherick said: “Across the School of Life Sciences researchers are engaging the public in lots of different ways and for a variety of reasons. We want to recognise and reward high quality examples of public engagement with research. The selected nominee will be awarded the Kroto award along with £1000 to support their public engagement work.”

Short-listed candidates will be celebrated within the School and online, with the winner giving a talk at the symposium before receiving their award.

Nominations can be submitted using the online form.

Posted on behalf of: School of Life Sciences
Last updated: Friday, 25 October 2019