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2017 Apex Award holders

The interdisciplinary APEX awards recognise the work of diverse researchers working across the remit of the Royal Society, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering. Read our press release featuring the 2017 APEX Award holders.

Kate Robson-Brown

Professor Kate Robson Brown

Professor Kate Robson Brown from the University of Bristol secured funding to better understand how bones respond to stress during growth and development. 

In collaboration with the NASA Ames Research Centre, the findings will be employed in a pilot study involving the design of an engineering structure that could be both manufactured and deployed in space.

Robert Field

Professor Robert Field

Professor Robert Field from the University of Oxford will study the politics, policies and public reaction to reusing wastewater as water for human consumption.


Marilina Cesario

Dr Marilina Cesario

Dr Marilina Cesario from Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded funding to explore mankind’s understanding of the cosmos in the Middle Ages, and whether it provides further clues on the whereabouts of ‘Planet Nine’.

Rama Cont

Professor Rama Cont

Professor Rama Cont from Imperial College London has received an award to investigate mathematical models of the financial sector for new insights into the monitoring and regulation of systemic risk. 

Dave Goulson

Professor Dave Goulson

University of Sussex’s Dave Goulson has also received an APEX award to look into the impacts of pesticide use on pollinators and people in urban areas.

Stuart Murray

Professor Stuart Murray

Professor Stuart Murray from University of Leeds will be investigating the relationship between disability and the design and use of prosthetics, with the aim of exploring questions of embodiment and developing inclusive methods of design and production.

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