Congratulations to Alison Thomson and Harriet Smith, winners of the Inspire Award. Nominees for the award are those who have inspired others by finding creative and engaging ways to communicate their research; such as to raise young people’s aspirations or enthuse new and different audiences
Alison and Harriet were recognised under the Public Engagement Category (projects that involve groups and individuals outside of higher education with research and learning) for their project Digesting Science.
Digesting Science is a set of educational activities that teach children aged 6-12 years old with a parent with Multiple Sclerosis about the science behind the chronic disease. The activities were co-designed with Barts MS researchers, clinicians and nurses, families with MS, designers and a drama teacher.
The Barts MS team have been running Digesting Science events in and around London since 2013, communicating their research through practical activities involving plasticine, food modelling and games to their patients and their families.