Last Friday, the Stephen Fry Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research were presented during the university’s Discovery Days. The Stephen Fry Awards aim to recognise projects and individuals who have shown outstanding contributions to public engagement and outreach within the university. Stephen Fry presented the awards through a video.
In the category for Public Engagement Project of the Year, the Outer Space Inner Space (OSIS) project was commended. Valentina Ferro (ESR3) and Valerie Bentivegna (ESR10) have been greatly involved in the OSIS project by organising hands-on activities for children visiting the Mills Observatory related to optics, astronomy and microscopy.
In the category for Engaged Researcher of the Year, Valerie Bentivegna (ESR10) was commended for her “inventive and energetic approaches”. As well as being involved in the OSIS project, she is also responsible for the public engagement and outreach activities of the Marie Curie Alumni Association Scotland chapter, and has participated in several science communication activities including Soapbox Science, Bright Club and FameLab.
Congratulations to the winners of the awards: the Growing up on the Streets team and Professor Jennifer Woof.
Article by Valerie Bentivegna (PHOQUS ESR10)