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Outreach and Engagement Awards

About the award

The Outreach and Engagement Award is intended to reward outreach work carried out by new scientists and established researchers who inform, enthuse and engage the public.

Find out more about previous winners.


There are two categories of award:

New Researcher (Prize: £750)
The New Researcher Award is open to bioscience researchers currently reading for a Masters/PhD or in the first year of a post-doctoral position.

Established Researcher (Prize: £1500)
The Established Researcher Award is open to bioscience researchers who are beyond the first stages of their research career, as defined in the New Researcher category. The Society is looking for researchers who communicate their own work well, and who represent their own field strongly in the science communication world.

How to apply

The Outreach and Engagement Award 2021 will open for nominations in March 2021.


  • The competition is only open to researchers studying or working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry.
  • Researchers who are paid for their outreach and engagement work are eligible to apply.
  • The Society is looking for an applicant with commitment to outreach over a period of time. This could involve a wide range of activities, from talks and written articles to hands-on demonstrations or art displays. The audiences can vary from school children to patients to the general public, but should not include a scientific audience above school level.
  • The judges will be looking for a programme of activities that can be demonstrated to have brought good quality science to non-academic audiences in engaging ways that are likely to foster a lasting interest in the biosciences. Judges will be marking specifically on scientific content, influence, leadership and recognition, innovation, evaluation and feedback, impact on society and working with underserved sectors.
  • Previous RSB Outreach and Engagement Award (formerly Science Communication Award) winners are not eligible to enter again.
  • Professional science communicators, not studying or working in the UK biosciences sectors, are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications will be accepted for review at the judges’ discretion.


Email Raghav Selvam if you have any queries regarding this award.


Dr Steve Cross (Chair) - Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, founder of the academic comedy night Bright Club and the science communication cabaret Science Showoff.

David Chapman - Public Engagement Programme Manager at UKRI.

Aimee Eckert - Senior Research Communications Officer at Breast Cancer Now, and founder of science cabaret show Dr Jiggs Bowson's Charming Science Friends.

Dr Liz Granger - Public Engagement Manager at the University of Central Lancashire, and winner of the RSB Science Communication Award 2016 (New Researcher).

Rosie Waldron - Head of Public Engagement at The Francis Crick Institute.