A major new science accomplishment award is to begin in Scotland


The first presentation of a prestigious new award recognising major achievements in science will take place at Glasgow Science Centre next week.

The Inspiring Innovation Award will acknowledge individuals or groups whose work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics embodies qualities associated with innovation, such as perseverance, risk-taking, problem solving and creativity.

The 2019 award will be presented at Glasgow Science Centre’s Question of Science dinner on Thursday October 10 and the winner will be featured in the centre’s new innovation-themed exhibition, Idea No59, opening in March 2020.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Glasgow Science Centre’s chief executive, said:

“Some of the greatest examples of discovery, innovative design and invention in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics can be found here in Scotland and Glasgow Science Centre has created the Inspiring Innovation Award to acknowledge individuals or groups who can inspire future generations.

“The Inspiring Innovation Award is a celebration of the achievements of individuals or groups who have made a pioneering contribution to science and technology and who embody all the qualities synonymous with innovation such as risk-taking, problem solving, creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration. We have hopes of making it the most sought after innovation award that Scotland has to offer.”

The Question of Science dinner will be hosted by Fred MacAulay. The evening will consist of dinner, a quiz as well as an entertainment and a talk from guest speaker Sheila Rowan, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government.