Since 2001, the British Science Association have been honouring individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the vision and mission of the British Science Association through Honorary Fellowships.
I was excited as I had had a couple of people in mind who I thought would make outstanding Fellows who have already done so much to further help the British Science Association achieve its vision.
It was a great experience, delving into their professional lives and seeing all the work, although incredibly different, that they have done to further engage people with science and show how interesting, diverse and engaging science can be.
I loved Professor Gina Rippon’s work on tackling neuro-bollocks and fighting the pervasive myth of gendered brains, (something that I’m appreciating even more so as I continue to re-read Cordelia Fine’s Delusions of Gender’).
I loved Dallas’ passion for science and his honesty around not being a scientist and ‘imposter syndrome’ – something he wrote about in the British Science Association’s inaugural essay series ‘Science: Not Just for Scientists’.
I love the Honorary Fellowship scheme, it gives the British Science Association to publically acknowledge a range of people who are changing the face of the science sector, engaging with new audiences and being catalysts for change.
Nominations are currently open for Honorary Fellowships for 2016, who will be announced at the British Science Festival in Swansea this September. So if there’s someone that you feel makes a huge difference to the sector, nominate them here.
I have already put in two nominations and will wait with bated breath to see if they are successful!