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Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture

Dr Nick Lane, Winner of the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2016

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The call for nominations is now open. 

For information on how to nominate including guidance notes please visit the nominations page. The closing date for nominations is 18.00 GMT on 30 January 2017. 

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The award

The award is named after Michael Faraday FRS, the influential inventor and electrical pioneer who was prominent in the public communication of science and founded the Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution. The first award was made in 1986.

The Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture is awarded annually to the scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary. Normally, preference will be given to a practising scientist or engineer, but other individuals whose primary expertise is in writing, broadcasting or other relevant forms of communication may also be considered.

Read the selection criteria (PDF) for the prize.

The Michael Faraday Medallist 2016

The Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2016 is awarded to Dr Nick Lane for excellence in communicating science to UK audiences.

Dr Lane will be presented with a medal of silver gilt, and a gift of £2,500 as part of his prize lecture to be given in February 2017.

Past winners

Professor Katherine Willis was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize 2015 and gave the lecture From genes to beans: polyploidy on a plate

Professor Andrea Sella was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize 2014 and gave the lecture Is chemistry really so difficult?

See full list of all past winners of the Michael Faraday Prize.