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Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture

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Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture winner 2021

Faraday-sophie-scottProfessor Sophie Scott CBE FBA FMedSci

The Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2021 is awarded to Professor Sophie Scott CBE FBA FMedSci for her work in engaging the public with neuroscience through events, talks, TV and radio, and exemplifying how science communication can enhance scientific excellence. 

Professor Scott will be awarded a medal and a gift of £2,500 at the associated prize lecture in 2021.

Return to this year's Royal Society medal, award and prize winners.

The award

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. 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 medal is of silver gilt, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,500.


The Michael Faraday prize and lecture is open to UK/Commonwealth/Irish Republic citizens or those who have been residents for three or more years. There are no restrictions on career stage and nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles.


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

Past winners

Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2020 and presented his lecture Communicating statistics in the time of Covid.

Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FREng FRS was awarded The Michael Faraday Prize in 2019 and presented his lecture The elements of chemistry.

Professor Danielle George was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2018 and gave her lecture on 'Thinkering': a solution to the Engineering Grand Challenges?

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

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