Announcing the Research Visionary Awards

Over the past 50 years, advances in the science and application of nutrition and optoelectronics have impacted many aspects of human life. Looking ahead, what might the next 50 years of scientific discovery and endeavour reveal? What future possibilities and major challenges could be answered by enquiry-led research in these fields?

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2022, we are launching the Rank Prize Funds Research Visionary Awards to encourage early-career researchers to explore these questions.

Six competitively selected early-career researchers in the fields of nutrition and optoelectronics will be invited to give their personal perspectives on the next 50 years of scientific endeavour at a half-day foresighting event to be held at the Royal College of Physicians in London on 18 January 2022, hosted by Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS.

Throughout 2021 the six award-winners will benefit from a tailored programme of one-to-one media training and workshops on foresighting techniques, narrative formation and content development. They will be supported with trend research, presentation design and artwork, as well as speaker training for high-impact presentations. They will also produce a professionally filmed video featuring their scientific work and personal perspective on the future.

Deadline for entries: 31 May 2021.