Student Success in Science Communication Competition

Issued: Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:20:00 BST

The winners of this year’s Biochemical Society Science Communication Competition were announced on Wednesday 6 June, with SoLS student Victoria Bolton winning the written entries category and Ellie Staniforth taking second place in the videos category.

Now in its eighth year, the competition attracted entries from all over the world by asking entrants to create an engaging, creative article or video explaining biomolecular topics to the general public.

Parasitology student Victoria, who won first prize for her project ‘Toxo and Jerry – About cats, mice and behaviour-changing parasites’, said: “Science communication is a growing and very important field in modern-day science. I believe that making science approachable and engaging is a central piece of being a researcher. 

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Biochemical Society, as well as Dr Tansy Hammarton at the University of Glasgow for acknowledging this and encouraging young scientists like me to engage in science communication.”

‌Biochemistry student Ellie Staniforth, who co-created her video entry with Aigars Reiters, said: “It’s amazing to have won 2nd place in the Biochemical video competition. The video was a lot of fun to make and I really enjoyed making it.

“Thanks to Aigars Reiters for helping with the filming and editing, it wouldn’t have been created without you! Mitochondrial disease is really interesting and it was fun to be able to make a video explaining the inheritance pattern to a non-scientific audience.”

Dr Suze Kundu, a member of the expert judging panel, said: “Being involved in this competition was a real treat! Not only have I learned a lot about how much biochemistry impacts on our day-to-day lives, I have also been inspired by the amazing ways that these competitors have chosen to communicate these ideas.”

The first prize entries to the competition will be published on the Society’s website and in the August issue of The Biochemist. The second prize winners will be published in the October and the third prize winners in the December issue.

Several UofG students also made it onto the shortlist for this year’s competition - read more about it here.