two NHS staff taking part in International clinical trials day 2019Dr Samantha Terry has received an award from the Royal Society of Biology in recognition of her leadership in the field of public engagement.

Dr Terry has developed and led a number of exciting public engagement activities, including a stand at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition, which she developed with input from our PPI Advisory Group. Her engagement work has included supporting a number of our events here at the BRC.

On receiving the award, Samantha said: “Winning this award has been made possible by not only a dedicated and supportive public engagement team here at the Wellcome Trust/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering at King’s College London, but also by the encouraging stance of my mentor and head of department, Professor Philip Blower.

“By this recognition of our joint effort in enhancing the public engagement culture within the centre and department, we hope to inspire and facilitate future activities by academics and students alike as well as aid recognition and create an incentive to carry out public engagement within King’s.”

Dr Terry has worked with our PPIE team to support a number of projects.

Claire O’Neill, our Public Engagement Projects Manager said:

“We’re all delighted to hear about Sam winning the award. We regularly work with Sam and her team, and her genuine passion for public engagement is wonderful to see.

“To prepare for the exhibition, she came to our PPI group on two separate occasions, firstly to discuss some ideas she had and then again to test out the activities she had planned, and to get some more feedback. She also supported us on International Clinical Trials Day and our Summer School and visitors to both events really enjoyed hearing about her work and seeing for themselves how radiation works.

“Well done on your award Sam, you deserve it!”