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British Science Association award Fellowship to Professor Gina Rippon

Professor Gina Rippon

9 September 2015

A prestigious British Science Association (BSA) Honorary Fellowship has been awarded to an Aston University Professor for her outstanding dedication to engaging and inspiring people through science.

Professor Gina Rippon, Chair of Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Aston Brain Centre, will be presented with the accolade at a special celebratory dinner to mark the end of the BSA organised British Science Festival on 10 September. 

She joins the Association’s illustrious rank of Honorary Fellows alongside individuals such as Sir David Attenborough, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Lord Browne of Madingley and Professor Brian Cox. 

Each year, members of the BSA are invited to nominate individuals to be considered as Fellows. Those shortlisted must have made a significant contribution to promoting science as a fundamental part of our culture and society. Alongside Professor Rippon, TV presenter Dallas Campbell and chemist, Helen Sharman OBE, were also given Fellowships this year. 

Professor Rippon said: “My nomination to a BSA Honorary Fellowship is a wonderful surprise and an honour. My engagement with the BSA and the British Science Festival made me aware of the tremendous interest in and enthusiasm for the activities of scientists. 

“I am really concerned that we don’t harness this enthusiasm enough and that we are risking lost generations of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics specialists, particularly female. I hope to use this Fellowship to ensure that doesn’t happen.” 

A renowned cognitive neuroscientist, Professor Rippon has a particular interest in exploring alleged differences between the brains of females and males and the various social misconceptions surrounding issues of gender. She is heavily involved in public engagement with science, frequently talking about the possible misinterpretations and misunderstandings of brain imaging data by the media. 

Her work at the Aston Brain Centre has helped further the study and understanding of atypical conditions such as autism and dyslexia. Professor Rippon’s current research involves mapping cortical connectivity in autistic spectrum disorders and investigation the significance of variations in theta in memory processes. 

Imran Khan, Chief Executive of BSA, said: “I am delighted that we are welcoming Gina, Dallas and Helen as Honorary Fellows of the Association. Each has made a major contribution to bringing science to a diverse audience, challenging attitudes to who ‘does’ science and how we perceive it as an integral part of our cultural integrity in the UK.” 

The BSA is a charity, founded in 1831 committed to supporting, growing and diversifyting the coominity of people interested and involved in science. The organisation organises a series of major annual initiatives and events across the UK, including British Science Week and the British Science Festival. 

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