Elspeth Garman Prize for Public Engagement

The BBS Elspeth Garman Prize for Public Engagement was established in 2020 by the British Biophysical Society (BBS, founded, January 1960; registered UK Charity no. 254742). The Prize honours excellence in biophysics public engagement by Elspeth Garman who is Professor of Molecular Biophysics at the University of Oxford, has been involved in over 40 television and radio programmes and given numerous notable public lectures related to biophysics.

Frequency of award: The Prize will be awarded every two years at the BBS biennial meeting or another BBS meeting.

Condition of award: The recipient must present a public lecture, preferably at the next BBS biennial meeting, but possibly at another BBS meeting within 18 months of the award.

Value of the Prize: The recipient will receive £500. In addition, reasonable travel costs, accommodation and registration to attend the meeting at which the Prize is awarded will be paid.

Criteria and eligibility: The Prize will be awarded for sustained excellence in biophysics public engagement in the UK or Ireland. The recipient can be nominated at any stage of their career.

Nominations: Nominations can be made by any member of a national Biophysical Society by the deadline posted on the BBS website, which will be at least 6 months before the next BBS biennial meeting.

Award process: Nominations should be sent to the Secretary of the BBS (bbs@britishbiophysics.org.uk) – the CV of the nominee (4 sides of A4, maximum) together with evidence of the excellence of the public engagement and a letter of recommendation from the nominator are required. The Prize recipient will be selected by a panel drawn from the BBS Committee by its serving Chair.