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A leading Heriot-Watt academic has scooped a top prize for public engagement work.  

Professor Rory Duncan from the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences won the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Senior Public Engagement Prize for his passion towards public engagement in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Each year the RSE presents a series of prizes and medals to individuals who have made an outstanding commitment and contribution to their field of expertise.

Commenting on the accolade, Professor Duncan said: “Telling the public what we do, why it’s important and how they might benefit is an essential part of research.

“I am really pleased to be recognised for the work I have done in reaching different audiences and making a difference.”

Professor Bonnie Webber, RSE Research Awards Convenor commented, “Congratulations to this year’s RSE Prize-winners who have been recognised for outstanding contributions to their field. The variety of interdisciplinary talent and expertise evident in this year’s recipients is a real testament to the level of knowledge and excellence that we have here in Scotland.

“The contribution made by these individuals truly encompass the meaning of the RSE’s own mission, Knowledge Made Useful.”