Women in Physiology: poster competition

2015 marks 100 years of women's membership at The Physiological Society. To celebrate this milestone, we are running a number of activities throughout the year to look back at the contributions of women to physiology.

We invited schools to join this celebration by taking part in a competition focusing on the achievements of women who have won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Open to all 11-16 year-olds, students were invited to select one of the winners from the list below, research her discovery, and then produce a poster summarising their findings for The Society.

  1. May-Britt Moser, 2014, "for the discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain"
  2. Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Carol W. Greider, 2009, "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase"
  3. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, 2008, "for the discovery of human immunodeficiency virus"
  4. Linda B. Buck, 2004, "for the discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system"
  5. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, 1995, "for the discoveries concerning the genetic control of early embryonic development"

We are delighted to confirm that Elsie Moore, a 15 year-old from The Thomas Hardye School in Dorset, won the competition with her poster on Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, which can be downloaded below. The originality and creativity of her poster received much praise from the judges. As part of the prize, Elsie will receive a £50 Amazon gift voucher, a certificate and a visit from a female physiologist to her school.

We were really pleased with the variety of entries we received and would like to thank everyone who entered.