The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers is now inviting submissions for these two esteemed competitions, which each year attract significant interest from UK research students and departments.
The winner of each medal will receive a prize of £750 and will also be invited to the Company’s Court Luncheon at Apothecaries’ Hall on Wednesday 3rd October 2018, where they’ll meet leading figures in the world of optics and the City of London, plus receive their medal and purse from the Master Spectacle Maker.
The Master’s Medal has a wider scope this year – the competition is open to anyone working for a doctorate or higher degree in any aspect of vision, whose first research paper was generated during the course of their studies and has been accepted for publication in a refereed scientific journal or presented publicly at a national or international meeting between 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018.
Submissions for the Ruskell medal are welcomed from entrants at any stage of their research career. This bronze award recognises ophthalmology and/or vision science research which contributes significantly to the advancement of our understanding of vision and the prevention of unnecessary blindness.
Reviewing all applications is The Company’s Professorial Committee, a group of eminent scientists and academics drawn from UK universities and colleges.
“We are delighted to announce the launch of this year’s Bronze Medal competitions” said Felicity Harding, Master of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. “These medals provide an important opportunity to encourage people to publish their work and share their findings to improve our knowledge about vision”.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 6th July 2018 and The Committee will make its final decision by 7th September 2018.