PharmaSea wins Communication Award

07.12.2014 -

PharmaSea was awarded in the category "Engaging Citizens" at the CommNet Impact Awards in Brussels, Belgium on December 3. The project has been the subject of features by the BBC, Al Jazeera television and New Scientist, to name but a few, and has gained coverage across the globe.

Project leader Professor Marcel Jaspars, professor of Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen, said: “This is a hugely important project and that has been reflected in the amount of public interest and media coverage it has received. We welcome this award and look forward to having more positive results to publicise in the future.”

CommNet’s aim is to facilitate the communication of EU Bioeconomy research to the general public and to key target groups. The CommNet awards honour projects working across the bioeconomy, that have demonstrated excellence in communicating to European citizens, policy-makers, industry or young people.

Professor Ronan Gormley, who was one of the judges for the awards and also chaired the awards ceremony said: “It’s vital that researchers do more to communicate their work to a wider audience in order to really deliver on the public funding they have received. It’s great to be involved with these awards to recognise projects who are doing this well and I hope this inspires others to reach out and communicate their research to a wider audience”.

The four categories were "Engaging industry", "Engaging policy makers", "Engaging citizens" and "Inspiring young people".

The winning project in each stakeholder category was:

  • Engaging industry: Food4Me
  • Engaging policy makers: BioConSepT
  • Engaging citizens: PharmaSea
  • Inspiring young people: I.Family