Oliver Freeman, a final-year PhD student from the Faculty, has received a commendation for his entry in this oliverfreemanyear’s Max Perutz Science Writing Award. Following the shortlisting of his article, Why sugary nerves aren’t so sweet, Oliver attended a writing masterclass and an award ceremony in London, where he picked up his commendation prize of £750.

The Max Perutz Award is named in honour of one of the UK’s most outstanding scientists and communicators, Dr Max Perutz, who died in 2002. The awards are in their sixteenth year and aim to bring the work of Medical Research Council researchers to the attention of a wider audience. All entrants are asked to explain why their research matters in a maximum of 800 words. This year’s judges included MRC Chairman Donald Brydon, Channel 4 newscaster Jon Snow, New Scientist editor Lizzie Gibney, and Dr Andrew Bastawrous, the winner of last year’s award. Our congratulations go to Oliver and all of the successful entrants. Oliver said:

“Being shortlisted for the award was a fantastic experience and to be commended in the award ceremony was a great bonus. The support the MRC gives to young scientists is incredible and I’d urge anyone considering entering a competition such as this to give it a go.”

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