President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell has been presented with a Science Museum Group Fellowship, at a Manchester Science Festival event to mark the city’s hugely successful year as European City of Science.
Nancy was nominated and elected in recognition of her distinguished contribution to public engagement with science, particularly in Greater Manchester, and as an advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She joins a distinguished set of Science Museum Group Fellows who include astronaut Helen Sharman, scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock and Her Majesty the Queen.
As well as being President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester since July 2010, Nancy is a distinguished physiologist, Co-Chair of the Council for Science and Technology and previous President of the Royal Society of Biology.
Nancy also led Manchester’s bid to secure the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), which had never been held in the UK before. This then led to the city’s designation as European City of Science 2016. Since then she has been the Champion of ESOF and supported the work that went into producing the events that have happened throughout the year, attracting thousands to the city to celebrate Manchester’s scientific heritage and more recent scientific advancements.
I am delighted to have been elected as a Fellow of the Science Museum Group, and I would like to thank the Trustees for this honour. This is a hugely exciting time for public engagement with science, and I have been particularly privileged to play a role in championing and supporting Manchester’s role as European City of Science and host for the EuroScience Open Forum.
“I know that there will be a strong legacy for the city region in terms of continuing to engage young people and the wider public with STEM subjects, and I look forward to supporting this.”
Highlights of the year’s City of Science programme have included the Great Science Share where young people from 77 schools across Greater Manchester took the lead in sharing they science they enjoy; the Manchester Robot Orchestra; the week-long Science in the City festival; partner citizen science projects #BritainBreathing and Cloudy with a Chance of Pain, and a number of major exhibitions and events including Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond at the Museum of Science and Industry, The Imitation Game at Manchester Art Gallery and Climate Control at Manchester Museum, as well as a science themed Manchester Day Parade – events which were seen by a total of half a million people.