RSE Beltane Prizes for Public Engagement Winners Announced
Professor Tom Devine OBE Hon MRIA FBA FRSE, one of Scotland’s leading historians has been awarded the RSE Beltane Senior Prize for Public Engagement 2012. Additionally, The University of Dundee’s Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall has been announced as the winner of the RSE Beltane Innovator’s Prize for Public Engagement 2012.
With these prestigious prizes the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Beltane aim to recognise and promote excellence in public engagement with research; fostering a culture in which researchers consider good communication an integral part of their work.
Professor Tom Devine is currently the Personal Senior Research Professor in History, and Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh. On winning the prize, he commented “I am deeply honoured to be awarded this prestigious prize in the vital field of public engagement in which so much brilliant work is now being done in the universities to the huge intellectual and cultural benefit of Scottish society”.
Dr Stanley-Wall is a lecturer in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Dundee where she also runs a highly successful research programme. She was recently elected to the RSE Young Academy. She commented , “I am very proud and honoured to be awarded the RSE Beltane Innovator Prize for Public Engagement. Organising outreach activities is a very enjoyable part of my work. I am always excited to see the creativity my colleagues have when designing fun activities to explain their work and additionally gain a lot of satisfaction when the visitors and school children clearly benefit from the time and effort that has been exerted.”
More information on the prize, the winners and the upcoming event where the winners will receive their award can be found here