Access to Understanding competition winner is announced as Europe PubMed Central and the British Library celebrate accessible, engaging science writingFriday, April 19th, 2013
The winner of the Access to Understanding competition, a celebration of science-writing hosted in partnership by British Library and Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), has just been announced.
“Entrants to the competition were challenged to summarise a cutting-edge research article, communicating in a simple and accessible way what the research is, and why it matters, for a non-specialist audience.”
“The overall winner, Emma Pewsey, a PhD student in material sciences at the University of Cambridge, was selected from among 400 entries from around the world for her entry explaining research that investigated the causes of hip fracture in the elderly.”
“A further eight entries were commended by the judging panel, spanning basic through to clinical science, and including complex papers on stem cells, cancer and genetics. The original articles are all available from Europe PMC, a free online life sciences and biomedical information resource.”
“The Access to Understanding competition aims to raise awareness amongst researchers of the increasing importance to the general public of being able to understand the outcomes of research which they pay for. Furthermore, it seeks to break down the barriers that highly technical research language presents to enabling understanding of research, and to encourage PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers to develop their communications skills.”
To read the winning entries go to: http://europepmc.org/ScienceWritingCompetition
[Source British Library press release: http://pressandpolicy.bl.uk/Press-Releases/Winner-of-Access-to-Understanding-competition-is-announced-as-Europe-PubMed-Central-and-the-British-612.aspx ]