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The Furness Prize for Science Communication 2015

About the Prize

We are looking for a pathology trainee who has contributed significantly to science communication over a sustained period of time including some activity in 2015. This person may have developed resources for teachers and students, run outreach sessions, produced high quality public dialogue events, worked with other organisations such as museums or charities, evaluated their activities and encouraged colleagues to take part in science communication activities. An evidence-based evaluation of the effectiveness of the event(s) will usually be expected.

This prize was created to:

  • cultivate awareness amongst pathology trainees about the importance of public engagement
  • reward and recognise trainees who have undertaken sustained high-quality science communication activities.

The award is generously funded by Professor Peter Furness, former President of The Royal College of Pathologists (2008-2011).

How to apply

Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague who is familiar with their work (the candidate must give their explicit consent for nomination).

All nominations should be made by downloading and completing the nomination form.

The Prize

The winner will be awarded £200 for displaying superior excellence in their science communication activities and are judged by the panel to meet the selection criteria.

The winner will write an article about their work which will be published in The Bulletin.


The deadline for nominations is Sunday 6 December 2015.

Nomination form

Furness Prize Nomination Form

Past winners

"My colleague suggested that I apply for the Furness Prize for Science Communication. I was a bit unwilling because I have NEVER won a prize before so imagine how delighted I was to be the 2014 recipient! I know that public engagement is very important to the College so I consider it to be a great achievement that they thought my work at Centre of the Cell and with Fruit Fly Collective was outstanding and important. Winning this prize has given me even more motivation to carry on encouraging young people to get into science and to help improve communication within families affected by cancer."

Listen to our interview with Jackie here

Dr Jacqueline McDermott
Furness Prize for Science Communication Winner 2014

“I was delighted to be nominated for The Furness Prize to celebrate a year of great success for Lab Tests Online-UK and in recognition of public engagement work I have done since beginning my NHS career. In 2013, I organised the launch event for the Lab Tests Online-UK free app bringing together laboratory medicine, NHS England and Patient representatives to talk about the support we can provide for patients on our hidden aspect of their healthcare. Since winning the prize, I have recruited 3 members to the promotional and marketing team at Lab Tests Online-UK and recently attended the National Association for Patient Participation conference to speak directly to Patient Participation Group representatives about how we can support their GP practices. I am really excited to be planning our 10 year anniversary celebrations in October and look forward to being part of National Pathology Week and working with the college team.”

You can also listen to an interview with Katy here

Katy Heaney
Furness Prize for Science Communication Winner 2013

"I agreed to be nominated for The Furness Prize as I felt it would be a great way of highlighting the range of public engagement events I have been involved in over the past few years, and how enjoyable public engagement can be. The events have ranged from small hospital displays, to open days, all of which have given me the chance to interact with the public about pathology. Since winning the prize, I have continued my involvement in public engagement. The prize has opened up new areas of public engagement, such as the Aberdeen May Festival 2013, and building links with Aberdeen University. I'm very grateful to the College for the support they have given to public engagement over the last few years, and hope it continues well into the future."

Helen Turner
Furness Prize for Science Communication Winner 2012


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