Ahead of the announcement of our new medallists in May, we are holding a Frances Hoggan medal event on 27 April.
Three former recipients of the medal, Dame Jean Thomas, Professor Tavi Murray and Professor Haley Gomez, will be in conversation with Elin Rhys, broadcaster and science champion, discussing their careers in STEMM.
- Professor Dame Jean Thomas is Professor Emerita of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, a past Master of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and a former President of the Royal Society of Biology. Her research, and the team she led, looks at the structure and dynamics of chromatin (the complex of proteins and DNA that constitutes chromosomes) and its role in the repression and activation of genes
- A world-leading Environmental Scientist, Professor Tavi Murray works at the cutting-edge of glaciology and has blazed a trail in the innovative application of geophysics and remote sensing techniques in this field. She is an eminent interdisciplinary researcher and bridges physics, geography and computer science in her quest to provide improved constraints on glacial contributions to global sea-level rise.
- Professor Haley Gomez’s research has focused on the use of far-infrared light to reveal dust emission in explosions of stars and in galaxies. Her team and collaborators have helped demonstrate that dust is actually formed in the explosion of stars, that the Universe is getting “cleaner” and that the building blocks of rocky planets like Earth form in one particular kind of stellar explosion. In addition, her outreach work has included training over 200 teachers in Wales, partly in an attempt to counteract gender bias in relation to STEMM subjects.
We are grateful for the Welsh Government’s support of the Frances Hoggan Medal.