Native Scientist received the 2017 Heriot-Watt Principal's Public Engagement Prize thanks to the collaboration of Ana Catarino, an early career researcher who, for the last 3 years, has been coordinating Native Scientist in Scotland.
When asked about the award, Ana Catarino said she is "passionate about science communication. This prize is the recognition of the work I've developed with Native Scientist in Scotland, thanks to a fantastic team, who, like me, believes that diversity enriches science."
Joana Moscoso, co-founder of Native Scientist highlights that "awards like this are very important for the future of science because they recognize efforts from scientists who are conscious about the needs of our society and they value initiatives that go beyond the traditional duties of a scientist. We are extremely proud of Ana Catarino and all the other team members in Scotland and we thank their creativity, commitment and effort."
In Scotland since 2014, Native Scientist started with one Portuguese workshop in Edinburgh and has now organised over 10 workshops in Arabic, German, Polish and Portuguese.