PhD student wins the Kroto Prize for Science Education

Congratulations to student Lygia Eleftheriou, joint winner of the Kroto Prize for Science Education of Young People.

Attending the Kroto Celebration event on Tuesday 14 July, Lygia was presented with the prize by Sir Harry Kroto and Lady Margaret Kroto, with both endowing the Kroto Prize for Science Education of Young People for "a researcher who has made the most worthwhile contribution in any particular year to science education of young people either locally, nationally or globally". 

A panel of judges assessed the entries for the prize, based on the following criteria:

  • connectivity with others apart from young people;
  • the creativity in design of the activities;
  • the impact of the activities.

Lygia's submission was based on her outreach work, having organised and ran the Sheffield Science Exhibition in March 2015. The event, open to children and their families, was a chance for young people to become the scientist and/or engineer for the afternoon, taking part in creative, hands-on workshops to uncover the science and engineering behind various subjects including bone structure, 3D printing, DNA, first aid, planets and even Lego robots!

In deciding to organise the event, Lygia says "I have been involved in several outreach activities where my group and I would visit schools around Sheffield and teach children. This year I decided that we should give the opportunity to more people to join us in the fun!"

Currently completing a PhD in Engineering Materials, Lygia is part of the Cell-Mineral Research Centre with her project focusing on the study of macromolecule-mineral interactions on nuclear related materials.