Two IOP members receive runners-up awards in first Royal Society Athena Prize

21 October 2016

Two IOP members were runners-up in the inaugural Royal Society Athena Prize, which celebrates individuals and organisations who have contributed most to the advancement of diversity in STEM within their communities.

Two IOP members receive runners-up awards in first Royal Society Athena Prize

They were among five runners-up – four individuals and one research centre – for the awards, and will receive their prizes of £1,000 each at a ceremony during the Royal Society’s Annual Diversity Conference on 31 October.

Professor Valerie Gibson, who was nominated for the prize by the IOP, receives the award for “her impact on the culture at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge and at CERN in becoming more accepting of life beyond work and in the introduction of a child policy”. Gibson is professor of high energy physics at the University of Cambridge and won the Women in Science and Engineering Leader Award in 2013

Two IOP members receive runners-up awards in first Royal Society Athena Prize

Dr June McCombie, a fellow of the IOP, receives the award for “being the key instigator and first chair of the Institute of Physics’ Juno Programme”. She is a senior research officer in the University of Nottingham’s School of Chemistry. She received the MBE in 2013 for services to science.



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