Peter Wildy Prize Winners

Peter Wildy Prize Winners

2020

Professor Graham Hatfull

University of Pittsburgh, USA

"I am so delighted to receive the Peter Wildy Prize. It is a wonderful recognition of innovations in science education. Early-career undergraduates not only can but should engage in authentic research, advancing a key research area, enhancing student persistence in science, and promoting an inclusive scientific community. Much thanks to all of my colleagues who have successfully advanced these efforts."

2019

Professor Laura Bowater

University of East Anglia, UK

Microbes, medicines and me

“When you are a scientist and you receive an award like this it is important to recognize that it is not just you that has managed to get you to where you are, it’s other people.”

2018

Dr Tansy Hammarton

University of Glasgow, UK

Explorations in microbiology: inspiring the next generation

"I'm absolutely delighted and I feel very honoured that my work has been recognized and awarded in this way, especially considering that I have had so much fun doing it over the years."

2016

Professor Wendy Barclay

Imperial College London, UK

Influenza – a world of discoveries, outbreaks and controversy

"I’m completely flattered; there are lots of people who do wonderful science communication. I’m lucky enough to have been picked, but there are so many others so I’m delighted."
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2015

Dr Simon Park

University of Surrey, UK

Exploring The Invisible: adventures in art and microbiology

“As a scientist dabbling in art, I’ve always felt slightly uncomfortable, as I’m bridging two disciplines. The award recognises that what I’m doing is making a difference and for that I am delighted.”

2014

Professor Stephen Curry

Imperial College London, UK

Science communication: a communicable disease?

“I see it as a duty for scientifically literate citizens. As a publicly funded researcher, it’s important to show what we do with the money and give a good account of ourselves. I think it also opens science up to question from a different audience – the public is a lot more literate than many researchers would assume and a lot more interested too. For instance, I remember being very struck when I was doing the I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! competition by the interest of the students and their enormous optimism for what science can do for the world.”

2013

Professor David Bhella

University of Glasgow, UK

Beautiful and a little bit scary... viruses and science communication

"Thank you for this wonderful honour and opportunity to talk about the outreach programme that I have developed in Glasgow over the last decade."
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2012

Professor Vincent Racaniello

Columbia University, USA

Educating the World about Microbes

Image credit: Vincent Racaniello

2011

Professor Anthony Hilton

Aston University, UK

…But is it as Dirty as a Toilet Seat?

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2010

Dr Sue Assinder

London School of Tropical Medicine, UK

How the Mushroom Got its Spots and Other Stories

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2008

Dr Chris Smith

University of Cambridge, UK

Stripping Down Science: The Naked Scientists

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2007

Dr Simon Cutting

Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Ten Years in Vietnam

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2006

Professor Liz Sockett FRS

University of Nottingham, UK

Not Just Germs - Bringing Bacteria to Life

Image credit: Liz Sockett

2005

Professor Jo Verran

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Yes, but is it Microbiology? (Using Links Between Microbiology and Art in Undergraduate Programmes)

Image credit: Jo Verran 

2004

Professor Nick Thomson

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Taking an Educated Guess: the ART of Whole Genome Analysis

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2003

Professor Richard Killington

University of Leeds, UK

Walking with the Viruses

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2002

Dr John Grainger

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Heeding the Unseen: a Necessary Life Skill

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2001

Dr Alan Cann

University of Leicester, UK

Microbiology and the Web: a Nerd's Eye View

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