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Royal Society David Attenborough Award and Lecture

The Royal Society David Attenborough Award and Lecture

Royal Society David Attenborough Award and Lecture winner 2021

attenborough-adam-rutherfordDr Adam Rutherford

The Royal Society David Attenborough Award and Lecture 2021 is awarded to Dr Adam Rutherford for his contribution to strengthening public confidence in science through radio, TV, films, talks and books, and in particular for challenging racist pseudoscience.

Dr Rutherford will be awarded a medal and a gift of £2,500 at the associated prize lecture on a future date.

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The award

The Royal Society David Attenborough Award and Lecture is awarded annually to an individual for outstanding public engagement with science. The award, open to everyone, recognises high quality public engagement activities and complements the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture. The award is named after the United Kingdom’s best-loved naturalist and broadcaster, and honorary Fellow of the Royal Society, David Attenborough. The medal is of silver gilt, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,500.

Nominations

The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2021.

Past winners

Professor Alice Roberts was awarded The Royal Society David Attenborough Award and Lecture 2020 for outstanding contributions to public engagement ranging across medicine, anatomy, biology, evolution and archaeology, through lectures, television, books, and other media, as well as her advocacy through her role as Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Birmingham and as the President of the British Science Association.

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