Charles Darwin Award Lecture

2 July 2018

Emma Yhnell
Emma Yhnell

Dr Emma Yhnell, from the University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, has been chosen by the British Science Association (BSA) to deliver one of this year’s prestigious Award Lectures.

As one of seven top UK researchers, recognised for cutting-edge work and engaging communication skills, Emma will be celebrated at the British Science Festival in Hull, where she will deliver the Charles Darwin Award Lecture for Agricultural, Biological and Medical Sciences.

Emma will talk about her innovative research, revealing how she continually pushes the boundaries in her field of Huntington's disease research. She will celebrate the successes of using brain-training to advocate for public and patient involvement in research and consider the challenges of searching for Huntington's treatments.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the 2018 British Science Association’s Charles Darwin Lecture,” commented Emma.

“It provides a wonderful platform to highlight ongoing research into Huntington’s disease. It is a huge honour to be following in the footsteps of some incredible science communicators including Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Professor Brian Cox. I can’t wait to give my lecture as part of the British Science Festival in Hull in September.” 

This year’s British Science Festival will take place from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 September, hosted by the University of Hull, with over 100 events on campus and throughout the city. It provides an opportunity to meet researchers face-to-face and discuss cutting-edge research, innovation and ideas in science, technology and engineering.

Emma has also taught a part-time course in Continuing and Professional Education for the past three years.  She commented ‘it is a real pleasure to teach for Continuing and Professional Education, the adult learners are inspiring and it is great to know that I play a small part in allowing them to achieve their full potential.’