The Tam Dalyell Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group working at the University of Edinburgh who have excelled in communicating their science to members of the public. The Prize has been awarded every year since 2008. The award is for public engagement activity which has taken place in the last three years; the winner gives a high profile lecture either at the University or Edinburgh International Science Festival, plus receives a medal and £500. Tam Dalyell, the Prize’s namesake, was a journalist for the New Scientist for thirty-six years.
Niki Vermeulen, plus her colleague Bill Jenkins and a wider team, have received the Prize for the project Curious Edinburgh. Curious Edinburgh is a portfolio of app-led walking tours of the City of Edinburgh that include the History of Geology, Jewish History, and even the History of Brewing! The winning team were also funded by the Institute for Academic Development to look at how the Curios Edinburgh tours could be used in teaching University students. Curious Edinburgh is one of the projects that forms Edinburgh Cityscope.
The Prize lecture by Niki and team takes place at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on Sunday 15th April.