Professor Fran Balkwill was presented with the Inspiring Leadership in Research Engagement Prize in recognition of her significant commitment and contributions to public engagement with science, at the CRUK Researchers' Retreat 2017.
“Fran is a fantastic example of everything the Inspiring Leadership in Research Engagement Prize represents. She not only devotes her own time and energy to opening up cancer research to everyone, but enables and encourages those around her to do the same. “As a Founder and Director of the Centre of the Cell science centre and programme of activities, Fran’s work has been instrumental in embedding public engagement in work at CRUK Barts Centre. The programme has trained and enthused over 300 researchers who are now science ambassadors, and enabled them to engage with over 135,000 people since 2009.
“Over a wide variety of activities, from leading a team of scientists and collaborators to build exhibits, to app development, Science Museum Lates, penning a series of children’s books and appearing on BBC Radio 1, Fran has demonstrated incredible passion and skill for sharing her love of science and there could be no one more deserving of this award.