Nature/NESTA awards for creative mentoring in science – United Kingdom (2005)

For the first of its now annual awards for science mentorship, in 2005 Nature invited nominations of high-achieving mentors in the United Kingdom. The awards were a collaboration with the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the organisation that invests in UK creativity and innovation. There were two awards – one of £7,000 for lifetime achievement and another of £5,000 for scientists in mid-career. The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London.

Award winners

The winner of the lifetime mentoring award was Tom Kibble, senior research fellow and emeritus professor of theoretical physics at Imperial College, London.

The mid-career mentoring award was presented to Innes Cuthill, professor of behavioural ecology at the University of Bristol.

Panel of judges

  • Sir Paul Nurse, President of Rockefeller University, New York (chair)
  • Professor Nancy Rothwell FRS, School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester
  • Dr Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature
  • Professor Peter Knight FRS, Department of Physics, Imperial College
  • Professor Martin Poliakoff FRS, School of Chemistry, Nottingham
  • Professor Kathy Whaler, Grant Institute of Geology and Geophysics, University of Edinburgh

Nature coverage

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