CIPR launches search for outstanding contribution to the understanding of science through communication

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has today announced that this year’s winner of the CIPR President’s Medal will be decided by CIPR member nominations for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the public understanding of science through effective communication.

This initiative, led by current CIPR President Sue Wolstenholme, intends to highlight the contribution of a non-professional communicator in the fields of medicine, mathematics, technology and engineering.

Previous winners of the CIPR President’s Medal include:

  • 2012 Lord Coe
  • 2011 Rt Hon Lord McNally
  • 2010 Shami Chakrabarti
  • 2009 Sir Tim Berners-Lee
  • 2008 Lord Jones of Birmingham

Alongside this initiative, the Institute has also announced that they have gained financial support and expertise from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to conduct research into the role public relations plays in improving the public understanding of science, due to commence in early 2014.


Sue Wolstenholme FCIPR, CIPR President
The communication of science matters to us all. It can terrify and give comfort but it must always inform accurately and that is, too often, not the case. I’m looking forward to finding out how we can improve things and to celebrate colleagues who are doing it brilliantly.
Sue Wolstenholme FCIPR, CIPR President

Nominations close for the President’s Medal on 22 November 2013. All nominations should be sent to Sue Wolstenholme, along with 100 words why the person has been nominated.

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Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).