At the official British Science Festival Dinner in Aberdeen this year, a number of outstanding individuals were recognised for their contributions to the aims and vision of the British Science Association through public engagement and the promotion of science in society. We’re all extremely proud that Dr Eric Albone (Deputy-Chair and previous Chair of the Bristol & Bath Branch) was recognised with an Honorary Fellowship!
Dr Eric Albone started volunteering as local secretary for chemistry with The BA (as it then was) when the annual meeting came to Bristol in 1986. Having joined the Chemistry Committee in 1985, he stayed on the committee, becoming Secretary, then Recorder until 1995. He has served on the General Committee and on Council on a number of occasions since 1992. He has been involved with the Bristol and Bath Branch since its foundation and was Chair from 2003 until this year, when he switched positions with the Deputy Chair, and so still retains his involvement with the Association. Dr Albone is co-founder and director of Clifton Scientific Trust, a charity that has worked to build UK-Japan Young Scientist Partnerships since 1990, and which was awarded the Japan Foundation Award for 2007. Dr Albone has an honorary affiliation with the University of Bristol Centre for Public Engagement.
The other Honorary Fellows were:
Professor Lord John Krebs is an ornithologist who has made major contributions in the fields of science policy and its public interface. From 1994 to 1999 he was Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council and from 2000 to 2005 he was Chairman of the UK Food Standards Agency. In 2005 he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. He sits in the House of Lords as an independent cross-bencher and is Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee. John Krebs is the current President of the British Science Association (2012-2013).
Dr Anjana Ahuja is a science journalist and has written a column for The Times which spanned all areas of science, medicine and technology. Her articles have twice been nominated for the National Science Writing Awards and she won the 1998 EMMA award for Best Print Journalism. She has defended evidence-based fringe science, spoken out against pseudoscience and promoted the freedom of research data. Ahuja has served as a judge for The Aventis Prizes for Science Books and sits on committees on public awareness of science for the Royal Society and the British Science Association.
Clive Cookson has worked in science journalism for the whole of his professional life after graduating in chemistry from Oxford University in 1974. After journalism training on the Luton Evening Post, he became science correspondent of the Times Higher Education Supplement in London and then spent four years in Washington as American Editor of THES. He returned to London in 1981 as technology correspondent of the Times and moved to BBC Radio as science correspondent in 1983. He joined the Financial Times as technology editor in 1987 and has been Science Editor of the FT since 1991. Clive is an active supporter of the British Science Association’s work; he has served on the Editorial Committee for the People & Science publication for over a decade.
Professor Brian Cox is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester. He works at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He rose to prominence after giving the Lord Kelvin Award Lecturer in 2006 and has since featured in numerous radio and television programmes. These, in addition to his books and talks to major international audiences and to school children, have inspired people around the globe.
Dr Cyril Isenberg is one of the pioneers of the popularisation of physics. He has been a member of the Association for many years and been particularly active within the Physics Section, working on the Committee as the Treasurer and as Section President. He has given hundreds of talks, enhanced with experimental demonstrations to primary school pupils and to pensioners. Since 1984 he has organised the British Physics Olympiad competition for A-Level students and has also organised the International Physics Olympiad in the UK.
Professor Lisa Jardine is the British Science Association President-elect. She has been a member of the Council of the Royal Institution and since 2008 she has served as Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. In 2011 she was appointed a Director of The National Archives. Professor Jardine has published widely and writes and reviews frequently for the media. She regularly presents ‘A Point of View’ on BBC Radio 4.
Professor Nick Pidgeon is Professor of Environmental Psychology and Director of the Understanding Risk Research Group at the University of Cardiff. His work is interdisciplinary and focuses on risk, risk perception, and risk communication. He is currently researching public responses to energy technologies, climate change risks, and climate geoengineering. He has led numerous policy-oriented projects on issues of public responses to environmental risk issues and on ‘science in society’ for UK Government Departments, the Research Councils and the Royal Society.
Professor Andrea Sella studied chemistry in Canada and then at Oxford. He joined UCL in 1990 and was promoted to Professor in 2011 where he works as a synthetic chemist. He began giving schools outreach lectures in the early 1990’s and has become a key proponent of chemistry live on stage and in the media with the express aim of bringing chemistry into good repute. He has always been heavily involved in a range of activities in National Science and Engineering Week is currently developing primary school scientific adventure spaces.
Dr Monica Winstanley has been awarded an OBE for her services to science. She began her career studying molecular biology at the University of Edinburgh, completing her PhD in Birmingham and became Head of External Relations at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). She has been an active supporter of the British Science Association and the Media Fellowships in particular. She also contributed to the Research Councils’ Science in Society activities to raise public awareness of, and engage in, science and innovation and the promotion of science in schools.
Notes to Editors
1. About the British Science Festival
The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest science festivals and regularly attracts over 350 of the UK’s top scientists and speakers to discuss the latest developments in science with the public. Over 50,000 visitors regularly attend the talks, discussions and workshops. The Festival takes place at a different location each year and was last held in Aberdeen in 1963. The 2012 Festival will take place from 4 – 9 September hosted by the University of Aberdeen The 2012 British Science Festival in Aberdeen is organised by the British Science Association, the University of Aberdeen and TechFest-SetPoint .
For further information, visit www.britishscienceassociation.org/festival .
The principal sponsors of the British Science Festival are BP and Shell U.K. Limited.
2. About the British Science Association
The British Science Association is the UK’s nationwide, open membership organisation which provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, discuss and challenge the sciences and their implications. Established in 1831, the British Science Association organises major initiatives across the UK, including National Science & Engineering Week, the annual British Science Festival, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges. The Association also organises specific activities for the science communication community in the UK through its Science in Society programme. For more information, please visit www.britishscienceassociation.org.