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Professor wins top science award
Kathy Sykes
Professor Sykes has presented BBC TV's Rough Science
A Bristol professor has been awarded the Royal Society Kohn Award for her work in improving relations between scientists and the public.

Kathy Sykes, Professor of Public Engagement in Science and Engineering at the University of Bristol, won a grant of 7,500 as well as 2,500.

She won the award for organising community events where issues discussed include 'Do drugs do your head in?'.

Professor Sykes is also known for presenting BBC TV's Rough Science.

"I'm completely delighted to have won this award," she said.

"I work hard to try and help scientists and policy-makers engage with, and listen to, the public because I really believe it's crucial if we are to make wiser choices about how we use science for society and the environment."

Deep commitment

Professor Sykes was also recognised for her work in persuading 300 staff from Bristol University to hold interactive science exhibitions in local shopping centres and encouraging scientists to become more involved n schools.

She is also a member of the Science in Society subgroup of the Council for Science and Technology who help advise the Prime Minister on science and technology issues.

Professor Martin Taylor, Vice President of the Royal Society, said: "Kathy has been awarded the Kohn Award for her deep commitment to promoting a truly two-way conversation on scientific issues and helping to set the national agenda in this area.

"She is passionate about science and how non-scientists can help plan its future. Crucially she has helped set high standards on public dialogue and acts as a role model for others."

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