Congratulations Public Engagement and Impact team!

Sir Hans Krebs

Colleagues in our Public Engagement and Impact team have been highly commended at industry awards for the KrebsFest project, celebrating the life and work of our Nobel Prize winning academic Sir Hans Krebs.

Colleagues in the Public Engagement and Impact team are celebrating after being rated top for public engagement in England at a prestigious industry awards event.

The team was highly commended in the Public Engagement and Advocacy category at the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) awards held last night (Tuesday 7 June 2016), for the hugely successful project, KrebsFest which celebrated the life and work of our Nobel Prize winning academic Sir Hans Krebs.

KrebsFest took place in Autumn 2015 and explored Krebs’ legacy through a series of public events and exhibitions. KrebsFest aimed to bring scientific research to the public through strong arts-science collaborations as well as communicating complex scientific messages into creative formats, to bring the unseen world to life and to challenge audience perceptions.

KrebsFest included nine collaborative projects, new arts commissions, an exhibition and events in Sheffield’s Winter Garden which included a giant 28-metre inflatable E.coli being unveiled, an exhibition in Western Bank Library, a large-scale public open night, a schools project challenging schoolchildren to make a film about what inspires them about science shown at a dedicated schools night, three talks by Nobel Prize Winners and a launch.

This nomination is a fantastic way to recognise how instrumental the team were in working with academics across the University to deliver KrebsFest to raise public awareness and understanding of Krebs’ work.

Sarah Fulton

Sir Hans Krebs was born in Hildesheim in northern Germany in 1900. He was Jewish and was forced to flee Germany in 1933 after being dismissed from his post at the University of Freiburg following Hitler’s rise to power. He came to England as a refugee and initially worked at the University of Cambridge before he took up a post at our University in 1935 where he worked for 19 years.

His discovery of the citric acid cycle, also known as the Krebs cycle, while working at here, explains one of the most fundamental processes of life: the conversion of food into energy within a cell.

Krebsfest attracted a wide range of audiences from young children, general public and people with special interest with a total of 122,668 visitors.

The public night was hugely popular and very successful in creating a contemporary science communication event which reached a diverse audience.

Professor Simon Foster, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, who nominated the Public Engagement and Impact team for the ARMA award said: “This nomination is thoroughly deserved. The advice, guidance and support the team provided for KrebsFest was invaluable to the overall success and delivery of the festival.”

The nomination from the Public Engagement and Impact team, which sits within Research and Innovation Services at the University, was one of only four entries shortlisted for the award and faced stiff competition from other universities; the eventual winner was the University of Aberdeen.

Sarah Fulton, Director of Research and Innovation Services, said: “Congratulations to the team, we were delighted to be shortlisted for the ARMA awards and are very proud of the Public Engagement and Impact team for the Highly Commended award.

“This nomination is a fantastic way to recognise how instrumental the team were in working with academics across the University to deliver KrebsFest to raise public awareness and understanding of Krebs’ work. The shortlisting alone was a worthy recognition of the hard work and commitment the team delivered to ensure a successful festival.”