The Furness Prize for Science Communication 2016

Last year's winner: Dr Ayesha Azam accepting prize from President Dr Suzy Lishman at the New Fellows Ceremony in March

The Prize

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.

Last Year's Winner 

The winner of the Furness Prize for Science Communication 2016 was Dr Ayesha Azam, a ST3 histopathology trainee at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

"Dr Azam participated in over 20 events in the past five years."

Her science communication work ranges from small pathology displays to university open days, all of which have given her the opportunity to engage with a range of audiences.

Dr Azam is passionate about inspiring future pathologists and has participated in careers events and mentoring schemes to promote the importance of pathology. In 2016 she organised and delivered an interactive workshop at Central Park Medical College Pakistan to promote the work that pathologists do. She has represented her organisation at various regional events and continues to champion the importance of pathology using various communication channels, including writing articles for the College Bulletin, NHS careers and UK Foundation Programme websites. She also supports colleagues and pathologists involved in public engagement through her role as an RCPath Regional Coordinator for West Midlands and STEM Ambassador.  Dr Azam was awarded the Furness Prize at the New Fellows Ceremony in March. 

Next Time

The competition will be coming back in December 2017. Watch this space for ways to apply.