Digesting Science has been awarded for its efforts in teaching young children about multiple sclerosis. The Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2017 recognise outstanding achievement in public engagement, academic enterprise, student enterprise and public relations across Queen Mary University of London.
Digesting Science is an educational service that provides a set of activities that teach children aged 6-12 years old who have a parent with multiple sclerosis about the science behind the chronic disease.
The activities were co-designed with Barts MS researchers, clinicians and nurses, families with MS, designers and a drama teacher.
The Barts MS team have been running Digesting Science events in and around London since 2013, communicating their research through practical activities involving modelling clay, food modelling and games to their patients and their families.
The service was up against two other nominees, the Physics Research in Schools Programme and BCI STARS: Science Training for Aspiring Research Scientists.
Commenting on winning the award Alison Thomson, Lecturer in Public Engagement and Patient Public Involvement, said: “We are so proud and absolutely delighted to win the Inspire award at the QMUL Engagement and Enterprise Awards. It was a fascinating evening with some brilliant projects being shared. It’s been brilliant to see the project develop and go from strength to strength over the past few years and look forward to taking it even further.”
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Source: MS-UK (14/02/17)