Public engagement in science recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Several members of the Wellcome Trust community have been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2015. The list, which was announced over the weekend, includes over 1,000 people who are recognised for their achievements and contributions to society.

Clare Matterson, Director of Strategy at the Wellcome Trust, receives a CBE in recognition of her services to public engagement with Science. Clare was responsible for bringing the arts and humanities into the core of the Trust’s work and for extending its activities to engage the public with science.

Clare said: "I didn’t expect it – it was a complete and utter surprise. It is nice to have the personal recognition but it is wonderful that getting science as a part of our culture and the national conversation is recognised at that sort of level."

Engagement Fellow Dr Erinma Ochu, University of Manchester, receives a MBE for her services to Public Engagement in Science, Engineering and Technology. Originally trained as a neuroscientist, Erinma’s work explores innovative ways the public can get involved in biomedical research.

Members of the wider Wellcome Trust community were also honoured; Dr Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), receives a Knighthood for his services to Education. The EEF and the Wellcome Trust have recently launched a joint funding scheme aimed as using insights from neuroscience to improve education.

Professor Frances Ashcroft, Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford, receives a DBE for services to Medical Science and the Public Understanding of Science. Frances leads Oxion, the Ion Channel and Disease Initiative which is funded by the Trust.

Professor Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee, receives a Knighthood for services to Higher Education and Life Sciences.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director, said: "Congratulations to all those named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this weekend, but especially to those members of the Trust community. I am particularly delighted by the recognition of Clare Matterson for her remarkable contribution to and impact on public engagement with science, a key mission of the Trust."