Bioscience Essay Competition winners announced

Biosciences Essay Competition winners announced With nearly 200 A-level students submitting from more than 60 schools across the country, the University of Gloucestershire’s Bioscience Essay Competition certainly sparked some interest in the nation’s young scientists. Entrants tackled the question “How biology can save the world” and the essays they wrote covered topics from ocean plastics to feeding our growing population via antibiotic resistance, disease and much else besides. A judging panel of BBC Radio 4 Today’s Martha Kearney, Inside Science presenter and author Adam Rutherford, writer and broadcaster Viv Parry OBE, garden writer Kate Bradbury and TV’s Gastronaut Stefan Gates deliberated on a highly competitive shortlist but in the end a clear winner and runner up emerged. Vivienne Lewis from Stroud High School won the top prize of £1000 for her essay on reducing carbon dioxide via artificial photosynthesis. Isobel Jones was our runner up, and won £500. She was from Moreton Hall School – who also scooped an extra £500 for submitting the most essays from one school. The standard of writing and the depth of understanding were outstanding in all submissions and we were very impressed by the passion for biology that was demonstrated. Looking forward to the next event

Vivienne’s essay explained that “if we could replicate plant photosynthesis, we could actively reduce carbon dioxide emissions” she went on to explain how scientists have achieved this with the use of nanotechnology and ‘cyborg bacteria’.

CONGRATULATIONS to Vivienne and Isobel.

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