SRF Stewart Rhind Communication Award

2023 Stewart Rhind Winner

Shiuli Bhattacharyya, University College London, UK

With her presentation: 

“Sex: The Last real Binary?”

2023 Stewart Rhind Highly Commended

Who was Stewart Rhind

Dr Stewart Rhind

The SRF Stewart Rhind Communication award is a prestigious prize awarded to undergraduate and postgraduate students for outstanding scientific communication on a topic relevant to reproduction and fertility. This prize was named in honour of Dr Stewart Rhind, who was tragically killed in a car accident in March 2013. Stewart’s specialism was mammalian reproduction and his work on the effects of nutrition and environmental contaminants on animal and human reproductive health was internationally recognised.

Stewart Rhind Communication Award

This award was previously the Essay prize and had been updated to encourage Early Career scientists to help raise awareness in reproductive science-related topic by encouraging the use of all media communication platforms – previously this award was restricted to an essay submission.

Scientific communication is a variety of practices that transmit scientific ideas, methods, knowledge, and research to non-expert audiences in an accessible, educational, and useful way.  Communicating in this way is a necessary skill for all researchers and we invite both undergraduates and postgraduate students to submit a creative communication on any aspect of reproductive biology.

    Competition in Brief

    • Submissions are accepted throughout the year.
    • The deadline for each year’s competition is 31 October, submissions after this date will be submitted to the following year’s competition.
    • A maximum of two A4 pages can be submitted per entry, with an accompanying video if applicable.
    • You do not have to be an SRF member to enter.
    • Entries shall be assessed on factors such as outreach and impact, relevance to the field of reproduction, delivery style, and supporting evidence use.  
    • Entries must be via the SRF website submission form.


    • Work should be the applicants’ own with minimal supervision. Collaboration and joint applications are still acceptable.
    • Joint entries may be submitted by a maximum of two students. Awards will be shared equally where possible.