Skills & careers

Max Perutz Science Writing Award

The Max Perutz Science Writing Award aims to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication among MRC PhD students. The annual competition challenges entrants to write an 800-word article for the general public answering the question: 'Why does my research matter?'.

The award is named after the eminent scientist and Nobel Laureate Dr Max Perutz, an accomplished and natural communicator who died in 2002. Since the competition began in 1998, hundreds of MRC researchers have submitted entries and taken their first steps in communicating their research to the public.

Read more about Dr Max Perutz on our blog.

The winner, runner-up and commendations for the 2015 competition were announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday 22 October. 

Fourteen outstanding articles have been shortlisted for the 2016 Max Perutz Science Award. Read the announcement here: 2016 Max Perutz Science Writing Award shortlist announced


Video and audio content about Max Perutz and past winners.