Rutherford Plasma Physics Communications Prize

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The Liverpool Scientific

Our final year MPhys student Miss Cara Hawkins, together with Dr Laura Corner from the Department of Engineering, have been awarded the Rutherford Plasma Physics Communications Prize for their episode on the podcast The Liverpool Scientific.

This podcast was started in October 2020 by Cara Hawkins and is based on the Radio 4 programme ‘The Life Scientific’. In her podcast, Miss Hawkins interviews scientists and engineers from across the university, talking about their research and career.

In the prize-winning episode, Miss Hawkins chats with Dr Laura Corner about her research in plasma-based acceleration at the University of Liverpool and the Cockcroft Institute. They also cover Laura’s family tradition of studying physics, how plasma wakefield acceleration works, and how producing a hologram in labs led her into a lifelong career studying laser physics.

The Rutherford Communications Prize is awarded by the IoP Plasma Physics group to scientists who exemplify excellence in outreach to the general public through the communication of plasma physics.

Miss Hawkins and Dr Corner were invited to give the Rutherford prize talk on 9 April at the 47th IoP Plasma Physics Conference.

You can listen to the award-winning episode via the following link: