The MRC Max Perutz Award is now in its 17th year and encourages MRC-funded researchers to communicate their work to a wider audience. Since the competition started in 1998, hundreds of researchers have submitted entries and taken their first steps in science communication.
The award is named in honour of one of the UK’s most outstanding scientists and communicators, Dr Max Perutz. Max, who died in 2002, was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work using X-ray crystallography to study the structures of globular proteins. He was the founder and first chairman of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, the lab which unravelled the structure of DNA. Max was also a keen and talented communicator who inspired countless students to use everyday language to share their research with the people whose lives are improved by their work.
This year, thirteen outstanding articles have been shortlisted and during the awards ceremony we will announce the winner of the £1,500 first prize. The winning entry will also be promoted by the newspaper, Metro.
Rebecca and her supervisor Rik Henson are now invited to the gala dinner and awards ceremony on 1st October at the Royal Institution.
Congratulations to Rebecca on being shortlisted, and we wish her good luck for the final.