Hammond Prize for Science Communication

Based on the conviction that great thinking should be accessible to expert and non-expert audiences, the Science Communication prize encourages students to convey scientific ideas in terms non-scientists would understand.

Held in February and open to students of the College, the competition focuses on a different area each year. Previous themes have been as diverse and broad as ‘Addiction and Dependency’ and ‘Risk’.

Entrants submit abstracts to a panel of judges. Finalists are then asked to present their ideas and take questions from the panel and a non-scientist audience. The competition is open to all undergraduates and prizes are awarded for most entertaining talk, together with an audience prize and an award for best abstract.

The prize is supported by Dr Phil Hammond – Girton alumnus, GP, stand-up comedian and Private Eye contributor. He often chairs the judging panel.