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2020 Public Engagement Award Winners

Each year, the Centre comes together at an awards ceremony to celebrate its recent public engagement activity and to recognise those who have been especially instrumental in their efforts. Staff across the Centre and external Public Engagement partners and collaborators joined the 2020 event, which was held online on Friday 15th May.

The Public Engagement team were delighted to thank all those who have contributed to brilliant public engagement activities and present a total three of awards to the very worthy winners: one Rising Star in Public Engagement, one Excellence in Public Engagement, and one Outstanding Public Engagement Project.

The Rising Star Award is awarded to an individual who has shown outstanding promise and attitude towards public engagement. This year, the prize recognised Alex Hopkins for her involvement in the Dear World Project from conception and collaborating on two artworks which were part of the final exhibition in February 2020. Alex developed machine learning techniques alongside fellow neuroscientist Rachel Bedder to categorise people’s thoughts and feelings from written postcards. She also collaborated with artist Harley Kuyck-Cohen to design an installation which opened conversations about anxieties people had about their futures.

The Excellence in Public Engagement Award recognises a staff member who has played a key role in engagement work and demonstrates a strong understanding of public engagement in research. The 2020 award was presented to Kate Ledingham for her work creating videos of discussions between stroke survivors, herself and Professor Cathy Price to understand the kind of feedback patients want to receive about their language recovery after stroke. These videos were shown at UCL World Stroke Day Forum in 2019, and will be released online during Aphasia Awareness month in June 2020.

Finally, the Outstanding Public Engagement Project Award celebrates an entire engagement project which aligns with the vision and aims of the Centre’s PE strategy. In 2020, this recognised Dr Rimona Weil, Dr Christian Lambert and their teams on the Patterns of Perception Project; a collaboration between UCL, individuals with Parkinson’s, Central St Martins, the English National Ballet and artist Ruairiadh O’Connell, which aimed to understand Parkinson’s better through art and science. This project involved three workshops aiming to explore and understand the experiences and perceptions related to Parkinson’s disease and culminated in an exhibition at Central St Martins between the 3rd March and 24th April 2020.

Finally, special commendation was given to Rachel Bedder for her outstanding contribution to the Dear World Project as Academic Lead.


You can read more about our 2020 Award Winners here:

Alex Hopkins – Rising Star Award

Kate Ledingham – Excellence in Public Engagement Award

Patterns of Perception – Outstanding Public Engagement Project Award