Presenting the UK’s Most Promising Scientists of 2020
From fossil-dating and microbubble technology to the discovery of new exoplanet systems and clean nuclear fusion energy, these young scientists are changing our world for the better.
Published January 15, 2020
Now in its third year, the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK announces the three Laureates and six Finalists of 2020. The Blavatnik Awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young, faculty-level researchers working in the three disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Despite being in the early stages of their careers, their research is already transforming science and our understanding of the world.
This year’s three Laureates—one in each category—were chosen by an independent jury of leading scientists from across the UK. One Laureate in each category will receive US$100,000, and two Finalists in each category will receive US$30,000 each.
University of Oxford and University College London (UCL)
University of York
Imperial College London
“The Academy has seen first-hand how the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists have changed the lives of young scientists...These awards have given them the confidence to take big risks in their research—and to reap the rewards that come with thinking big.”
— Ellis Rubinstein
Professor Eleanor Stride, University of Oxford
Professor Edze Rients Westra, University of Exeter
Professor Matthew Fuchter, Imperial College London
Professor Stephen Goldup, University of Southampton
Physical Sciences & Engineering:
Professor Ian Chapman, UK Atomic Energy Authority and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
Dr. Amaury Triaud, University of Birmingham
University of Oxford
University of Exeter
Imperial College London
University of Southampton
UK Atomic Energy Authority and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
University of Birmingham
Ellis Rubinstein, President of the New York Academy of Sciences and Chair of the Blavatnik Awards’ UK Scientific Advisory Council noted, “With over 13 years’ experience independently administering the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the US, the UK, and Israel, our Academy has seen first-hand how they have changed the lives of young scientists. Many recipients have gone on to receive other prestigious accolades, and some have even mentored the next generation of Blavatnik Scholars. These awards have given these young scientists the confidence to take big risks in their research—and to reap the rewards that come with thinking big.”
The 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK received 80 nominations from 41 academic and research institutions across the UK. The UK awards sit alongside their global counterparts, the Blavatnik National Awards in the United States and the Blavatnik Awards in Israel, all of which honor and support exceptional early-career scientists at faculty-level and above. In addition, the Blavatnik Regional Awards recognized postdoctoral researchers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. To date, the Blavatnik Awards have honored 291 young scientists in the US, Israel, and the UK with prizes totaling US$8.9M. Blavatnik Awards honorees hail from 47 countries on six continents, and 60% of Blavatnik Awards recipients are immigrants to the country in which they were recognized.
The Laureates and Finalists of the 2020 Blavatnik Awards in the UK will be honored at a formal awards ceremony and gala dinner at Banqueting House in London on March 4, 2020.
On March 5, 2020, the honorees will present their research with a series of short, interactive lectures at a public symposium. The event, “Game Changers: 9 Young Scientists Transforming Our World”, will be held at Banqueting House in London from 11am to 6pm, and includes a reception, during which attendees can meet the honorees. The event is free and open to the public. To attend the symposium, go to Nyas.org/youngscientists2020 to register.
To learn more about the Blavatnik Awards and its cohort of Awards programs in the US, UK and Israel, please visit the Blavatnik Awards website, www.blavatnikawards.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @BlavatnikAwards .