The People’s Choice is an important element of our science-writing competition, Access to Understanding. We invited you to vote for your favourite entries, and the entry with the most votes won the People’s Choice award, which was presented at our award ceremony on 24 March.
We asked early career researchers to write plain English summaries of scientific research articles for a public audience. Each summary needed to explain why the research was done, what was done and why it was important. We received over 260 entries, and the 10 best are presented here. The entries have already been assessed for their scientific accuracy - so we wanted to know what you thought of them. We asked you to consider: do you like them? Do you understand what they are saying? Are they interesting? Did you learn anything new?
The People’s Choice award went to Lucia Aronica for her entry "How healthy eating could starve out cancer".
Thank you very much to all who voted.
Our judges awarded first place to Elizabeth Kirkham for her entry ‘Beat box: how the brain processes rhythm’. Second place was awarded to Elizabeth McAdam for her entry ‘Reforming rheumatoid arthritis treatment: a step in the right direction’. And third place was awarded to Aidan Maartens for his entry ‘Populations within populations: drug resistance and malaria control’.
Congratulations to all our winners and our shortlisted candidates.