There are prizes for the first, second and third place winners in both the written and video categories. If you are a winner, you will receive a cash prize, your entry will be published in The Biochemist and on the Society’s website, and you will receive a mentoring session with a professional science communicator.
1st prize = £300
2nd prize = £200
3rd prize = £100
Mentors will review your winning entry and will provide feedback and suggestions to make your entry ready for publication. They will also be able to discuss the various skills needed for a career in science communication, and give winners advice based on their own career experiences. For UK entrants, the Biochemical Society will pay reasonable travel expenses to reach the session. For non-UK entrants, the session can be taken via email or Skype.
||Dr Kat Arney, a science communicator and award-winning blogger for Cancer Research UK, as well as a freelance science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured on BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists and more.
||Dr Steve Cross, a freelance science communication consultant and trainer as well as a stand-up comedian. He's the founder of Science Showoff and Bright Club, and a current Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. In past lives he's been a human genetics researcher, a curator for Wellcome Collection, and Head of Public Engagement at UCL.
Jonathan Sanderson is a science film-maker, writer, director, consultant and senior lecturer at Northumbria University.
Following a Physics degree, Jonathan entered television, making props and writing scripts for documentary and engineering challenge shows. He held Producer and Series Producer roles for all the main UK broadcasters and several internationals.
Recently, he’s worked as a video and science communication trainer and consultant, managing education media projects. He is currently in charge of digital engagement for Think Physics, an outreach and engagement project based in Newcastle.