An audience of LMB staff and visitors from across Cambridge gathered in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre for the annual “What Next For Your Career In Science?” event. In its twelfth year of existence, the event, which is a collaboration between the LMB and the Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Engineering (AWiSE) aims to showcase the diverse range of careers available to those trained in science.
After two years holding the Suffrage Science scheme award, Lori Passmore has now passed her jewellery heirloom on to LMB alumnus, Rebecca Voorhees. Launched in 2011 by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, the Suffrage Science scheme celebrates women in science for their scientific achievement and for their ability to inspire others.
Five Cambridge science institutions including the LMB have won a bid to engage the local region with science as part of European Researchers’ Night, the largest public science event in Europe. LIFE LAB is one of four UK initiatives awarded funding from the European Commission. It will establish a programme of pop-up science events in shopping centres, cafes and music venues across Cambridgeshire on 28th September 2018 and again on 27th September 2019.
Richard Henderson, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours list, for services to electron microscopy of biological molecules.
The Order of the Companions of Honour was founded in 1917 by King George V and is awarded for a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time. The Order consists of the Sovereign and a maximum of 65 members.
Soapbox Science is a public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Public areas are transformed into spaces for learning and scientific debate, and scientists present their work with interactive props and collaborations with artists. Soapbox Science events take place throughout the summer at various locations around the UK, often including Cambridge.
Pint of Science was established in 2012 by two research scientists at Imperial College London, with the aim of bringing scientists and their research out of the lab and to the public. This year the Pint of Science Festival took place in nearly three hundred cities across twenty-one countries and involved thousands of scientists.
Melina Schuh, at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and former group leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, has been awarded the EMBO Gold Medal.
The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually to scientists under the age of forty for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.
Lori Passmore, group leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, and Felix Randow, group leader in the LMB’s PNAC Division, have been newly elected as members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
Founded in 1964 to promote molecular biology in Europe, EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence and outstanding research contributions.
Lalita Ramakrishnan, group leader in the University of Cambridge Molecular Immunity Unit, which is housed at the LMB, has been elected to the fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences and to The Royal Society.
The Academy of Medical Sciences represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.
Bill Schafer, group leader in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, has been elected into the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
The Academy represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.