The 2018 winners of the Principal's Public Engagement Prizes were announced at the Awards and Showcase event on Tuesday 11th December 2018.
The annual awards recognise the fantastic role played by those research staff and students at Heriot-Watt University who engage non-academic audiences with their research work.
For academics, discussing research with an audience of non-experts can bring a fresh perspective, or lead to a realisation of the true value or impact of a piece of work
During his speech Professor Richard Williams, the Principal and Vice Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, explained why public engagement activities are so important; "For academics, discussing research with an audience of non-experts can bring a fresh perspective, or lead to a realisation of the true value or impact of a piece of work. It can also provide an opportunity to communicate enthusiasm and fascination with a subject to an audience that may otherwise not have engaged with it".
Professor Williams announced the winners and presented the awards in 3 main categories: Impact, Partner and Pioneer, as well as a special award for those who made an outstanding contribution to the University's Year of the Sea.
Public Engagement Impact Award
Commended: Dr Katrin Lohan, Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Public Engagement Partnership Award
Commended: Dr Alan Gow, Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences
Public Engagement Pioneer Award
Commended: Dr Anna Sedda, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences
Year of the Sea Award