Busy night for QMUL staff at SEPnet Public Engagement Awards

Martin Archer and Guillem Anglada-Escudé were awarded first place in two out of a total of 6 categories at the biennial SEPnet Public Engagement awards, with Martin Archer also highly commended in another category.

The Impact Award, given to Martin Archer for the SPA's Research in Schools programme, recognised the careful work done by Martin in developing the research projects and overall programme and quantitatively evaluating its impact on participants’ understanding of the underlying research.

Guillem Anglada-Escudé was recognised with the Communication Award for his work in leading a team of researchers in the Pale Red Dot project. The project went to lengths to engage audiences online, sharing the intrigue of the research as it developed.

The lively ceremony, attended by many of the 27 nominated public engagement professionals and researchers, also saw Martin Archer receive a highly commended place in the Innovation Project Award for his work on his Space Sound Effects (SSFX) Project. The project challenged independent filmmakers to incorporate sounds from space into short films in creative ways and using the resulting films to expose diverse non-science audiences to space weather research.