The Academy sponsored the New Media award at the recent European Science TV and New Media Awards evening held at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, supported by World of Wonder – Science on the BBC.

The evening also featured Professor Dame Ann Dowling CBE FREng FRS in discussion about the future of science and engineering broadcasting with BBC Head of Science Andrew Cohen, particle physicist Dr Tara Shears from the University of Liverpool, BBC Muiltiplatform Executive for London Factual Julian Philips and regenerative medicine expert Professor Chris Mason of University College London.

The Royal Academy of Engineering award, presented by chief executive Philip Greenish, went to an Italian video production entitled Skyland, the vertical farm, produced in 2009 by Fabiola Falconieri and Massimo Maffioletti for ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) to support a project idea for sustainable vertical farming. Vertical farms within city boundaries are the new frontier of indoor agriculture. The distance between production and consumption is minimised while distribution costs and pollution are massively reduced.

Academy Chief Executive Philip Greenish CBE said: “We are delighted to support the European Science Television and New Media Awards in their quest to bring higher profile to some of the excellent documentaries and dramas with science and increasingly engineering themes being broadcast across Europe. We hope that it will help to embolden more programme-makers to tackle these fascinating subjects.”

Notes for editors

  1. This year’s awards event was supported by World of Wonder – Science on the BBC, see www.bbc.co.uk/tv/features/world_of_wonder
  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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