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King's researcher recognised by British Science Festival

Pankaj Chandak, Research Fellow at King’s and Specialist Registrar in Transplant Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has been announced as one of the winners of the British Science Association’s prestigious Award Lectures for 2017.

One of only seven UK scientists recognised for their cutting edge research this year, Pankaj joins an illustrious group of Award Lecture recipients that includes Professor Brian Cox (winner in 2006), Maggie Aderin-Pocock (winner in 2008), and Richard Wiseman (winner in 2002).

Pankaj has won the Charles Darwin Award Lecture for Agricultural, Biological and Medical Sciences. He will present his lecture, which will focus on innovation in organ transplant surgery including 3d printing and minimally invasive surgery with robotics, at this year’s British Science Festival.

The Festival will take place later from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 September. Co-hosted by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, with over 120 events on campus and throughout the city, it provides attendees with opportunities to meet face-to-face to discuss research, innovation and ideas in science, technology and engineering.

Ivvet Modinou, Head of Engagement at the BSA, said: 

“This year’s Award Lecture winners are highly worthy recipients due to their ground-breaking research and exceptional ability to communicate their work to wider audiences.

“The selection process was extremely difficult due to the high number of talented applicants we received. I’m thrilled with our winners, and look forward to seeing them speak at the Festival and working with them in years to come.”

The Award Lectures have been presented at the British Science Festival since 1990, with the aim of promoting front line research being carried out in the UK by early-career scientists, and recognising their excellent communication skills.

The seven awardees this year are:

  • Charles Darwin Award Lecture for Agricultural, Biological and Medical Sciences awarded to Mr Pankaj Chandak (Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and Kings College London)
  • The Daphne Oram Award Lecture for Digital Innovation awarded to Miss Joanne Armitage (University of Leeds)
  • The Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture for Physical Sciences and Mathematics awarded to Dr Imogen Riddell (University of Manchester)
  • The Charles Lyell Award Lecture for Environmental Sciences awarded to Dr Rebecca Williams (University of Hull)
  • The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture for Engineering, Technology and Industry awarded to Dr Richard Middlemiss (University of Glasgow)
  • The Margaret Mead Award Lecture for Social Sciences awarded to Dr Harriet Over (University of York)
  • The Jacob Bronowski Award Lecture for Science and the Arts awarded to Dr Emily Cross (Bangor University)

Each of them will give a lecture on their innovative research.

To watch a lecture, given by Pankaj at the Royal Society earlier this year, follow this link