UCL scientist awarded prestigious Wellcome Trust Fellowship
25 July 2011
Dr Kevin Fong (UCL Centre for Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine) has been awarded an engagement Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust.
The two year funding will give Dr Fong the resources and environment to enable innovative public engagement projects that examine, explore and debate the big scientific challenges faced by society. The aim of the Wellcome Trust Fellowships is to raise the profile and prestige of public engagement in both the Fellows' field of work and the biomedical sciences more widely.
Dr Fong said, "I'm gobsmacked to have been awarded this fellowship, especially given the list of formidable nominees. It's going to be fantastic to have the chance to immerse myself in public engagement work over the next two years. It's a voyage of exploration that I'm very much looking forward to."
Alongside his work at UCL and other organisations, Dr Fong is also a columnist for the Times Higher Education magazine and has presented television medical documentaries for BBC2 and Channel 4 and a radio documentary about life in the Universe for BBC World service. He is currently writing and filming a BBC documentary about the last space shuttle mission.