Doctoral College

Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2020

Calling all MRC PhD students!


The MRC in partnership with The Observer are proud to announce that the Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2020 is now open. The challenge is to write 1,100 words for a non-scientific audience and explain 'Why does my research matter?'. Submission deadline: 30 June 2020

22 May 2020

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This award is one of the ways the MRC encourages MRC PhD students to develop outstanding communication skills and engage with the wider public about their work.

Now in its 23rd year, the award is named after the eminent scientist and Nobel Laureate Dr Max Perutz, an accomplished and natural communicator who died in 2002. Since the competition began in 1998, over 1,000 MRC researchers have submitted entries to communicate their research to the public.

The challenge is to write 1,100 words for a non-scientific audience and explain 'Why does my research matter?'. The winner gets £1,500 and their article is published in The Observer. There will also be cash prizes for the runners up and all shortlisters.

The competition closes at 17:00 on Tuesday 30 June 2020. For more information, and to enter the competition, please visit the Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2020 competition information page.

If you have any questions about the competition or its process, please get in touch by emailing sciencewritingprize@mrc.ukri.org.