Diamond kicked 2015 off with a bang, staging a prize-giving ceremony for the first ever winner of the Student Science Communicators Competition, launched in 2014. The competition was set up to encourage young people working at Diamond to present their experiences as scientists to the public in thoughtful and creative ways.
Every year, Diamond welcomes around 30 undergraduate students to the synchrotron. These students spend the summer working on cutting-edge scientific, engineering and computing projects that capitalise on the advanced techniques and equipment on offer at the facility. This programme is a unique opportunity for young scientists to experience daily life working in STEM, taking part in real research, forging valuable links with scientists from Diamond and from the wider STEM community, and making a contribution to their field.
Entrants to the Science Communication Competition submitted blogs, jokes, poems, and images, all with the aim of engaging the public with the students’ projects at Diamond. Many entrants also took to social media to promote their work, explaining their research to non-scientists over Twitter and Facebook. At the end of the summer, all entries were assessed and winners chosen in several categories. Students won prizes for good writing, creative communication, and sustained contributions over the entire period. Each winner was awarded both a book, Science Communication: A Practical Guide for Scientists,and the opportunity to have their work featured in Diamond’s magazines and on the website.