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Three Weeks To Enter €2000 Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award

Mary Mulvihill

Student science communicators are reminded today (10 February) that there are just three weeks to the deadline for the Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award. This new competition is open to submissions in any media format on women’s role in science. It carries a prize of €2,000.

Students in higher education of any subject are invited to take part. The competition commemorates science writer, broadcaster, communication trainer and walks guide Mary Mulvihill (1959-2015). It aims to keep her rich legacy in front of future science communicators as a continuing source of inspiration.

Urging students to take part in the competition science writer and broadcaster Claire O’Connell said:

“Mary showed that science communication could be done, and could be done well. Her work demonstrated the power of story-telling, the importance of recognising the people who drive science and the benefits of exploring new media and routes to engage audiences.

“Mary was also generous with her encouragement and wisdom, and one the practical tips she gave me early on was to try to put a piece of writing away for a little while and then revisit it with fresh eyes.”

Competition administrator Cormac Sheridan reminded competition entrants that the judges will be looking for imagination, flair and personality in the submissions.

The judges for the Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award are:

  • Orla Hardiman, Professor of Neurology, Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Neurologist, Beaumont Hospital Dublin
  • Ann O’Dea, CEO and co-founder, Silicon Republic, founder Inspirefest
  • Anne Mulvihill, Sister of Mary Mulvihill
  • Fiona Ross, Founding director, Epic Ireland Museum

Full details of the Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award, including updated terms and conditions, are posted here.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 March.

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