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Wellcome Image Awards 2017: open for entries

The Wellcome Image Awards celebrate the aesthetic beauty of scientific images, the research behind them and the incredible techniques used to create them.


The awards, which were first held in 1997, celebrate the best in science image making.

Winners receive prizes up to £5,000, and the winning images are displayed in galleries and science centres across the UK and around the world.

All images accepted into Wellcome Images’ collections will be considered for the awards.

Images are judged on their:

  • quality
  • technique
  • visual impact
  • ability to communicate and engage.

The deadline for the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards is 11 September 2016. The winners will be announced in March 2017.

For more information about how to submit images to the collection: visit the Wellcome Image Awards website or contact images@wellcome.ac.uk.

Wellcome Image Awards – call for entries

Are you a scientist, photographer or artist? Then submit your images now for the Wellcome Image Awards.

The deadline for submissions is 9 September 2015.

The winning images will go on display in science centres and public galleries around the world. Images are judged on quality, technique, visual impact, and their ability to communicate and engage.

Placing images in a picture library such as Wellcome Images is an excellent way to engage with the public and to increase their understanding of your work. In order for your images to be considered for the Awards, they first need to be accepted into our collections. We are looking to acquire high quality imagery that relates to biomedical science and contemporary healthcare, and are interested in all artistic media and imaging techniques, from hand-drawn illustrations to super-resolution microscopy and functional MRI scans.

Find out more here.

Celebrating Art/Science Engagement

Hosted by the Public Programmes Team at The Nowgen Centre, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 from 14:00 to 16:00, Manchester M13 9XX, United Kingdom

Engaging the public with current research is becoming ever more important, and in order to reach above and beyond the usual audiences of family groups and schools, increasingly much more creative approaches to engaging with the public are being explored.

The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Funding (ISSF), in collaboration with the Public Programmes Team at The Nowgen Centre, has financially supported numerous creative approaches to public engagement and is looking to support new collaborations in the coming months.

With this is mind, the ISSF committee are hosting a networking event on 13 May 2015 from 14.00-16.00 at University of Manchester Innovation Centre on Grafton St.

You are invited to come along to this informal session, enjoy coffee and cake and meet creative practitioners and researchers interested in public engagement.

Get your free tickets here.

There will be a brief introduction and then some examples of collaborative and creative projects, some complete and some ongoing, with a chance to share learning of what worked (and what didn’t!) Examples will include print art, workshops, exhibitions and performance.

Engagement with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds


We are delighted to announce the publication of our ‘Experiments in Engagement’ reports, which look at how to effectively engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with ‘the s word’.

Experiments in Engagement: Research into engagement activities with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

The Combined Summary pulls together the key findings from the Literature Review and Research Report, and makes 12 recommendations on how to better engage disadvantaged young people – ten are for practitioners, while two are for Funders. The reports also give a timely insight as to whether it’s ‘One Direction’ or Mr Brown the local football coach who can have a bigger influence on young people’s lives.

This work is a direct follow on from our Review into Informal Science Learning, which was published in November 2012. A key recommendation of that review was to improve engagement with particular audiences, one of which was disadvantaged young people – a group that we feel particularly strongly about reaching more effectively.

We hope that these reports are valuable to the science engagement community and help move forward activity with disadvantaged young people.

Could you be the next Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow? Applications for 2014 now open.

Now in its fourth year, the Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships scheme aims to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science.

You have until 21 February 2014 to apply for an Engagement Fellowship, which provides the freedom, resources and environment to enable exceptional people to develop their skills and practice in encouraging the public to examine, explore and debate the big scientific challenges that society faces.

The Engagement Fellowships scheme champions the public engagement leaders of tomorrow by fostering the most promising developing talent. We are looking for individuals with a strong track record of engaging the public with ideas around biomedical science and/or medical humanities, who want to make a step-change in their careers.

We have already funded seven exceptional individuals under this scheme:

  • Erinma Ochu at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester
  • Kevin Fong, consultant anaesthetist at University College London Hospital and TV presenter
  • Richard Barnet, medical historian and author
  • Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London
  • Lavinia Greenlaw, award-winning poet and previously the Science Museum’s first artist-in-residence
  • Alasdair Hopwood, artist and creator of the WITH collective
  • Greg Foot, an experienced science communicator and presenter.

Applicants should have at least three years’ experience (full- or part-time) engaging the public with science and must be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

Preliminary applications must be submitted by 21 February 2014. More information can be found on the Engagement Fellowships page.

To speak to a member of the team, contact us at:
T: +44 (0)20 7611 8806
E: pe@wellcome.ac.uk

Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize – get inspired and check out the writing tips series

The 2013 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize in association with Guardian and Observer is currently open for entries (deadline 28 April).

For full details of the competition see here.

To encourage entrants, we’re running a series of blog posts and videos interviewing different science writers about the craft. So far we’ve heard from Tim Radford, Jo Marchant and Roger Highfield, with more to come every week. We just posted a new video interviewing Jo, Geoff Brumfiel from Nature and Linda Geddes from New Scientist.

You can fine all of them on the Guardian Science pages or collected together on the Wellcome Trust blog.

Posted on behalf of Mun-Keat Looi, Online Editor, The Wellcome Trust