Raquel says that she had not heard of Shimomura until very recently – he passed away earlier this year – and feels that it is unfortunate he was not more widely known. "I think that’s a bigger challenge in society", she says, "that there are so many amazing scientists out there but they’re not always recognised".
Passion for chemistry
Amanda Hardy, chair of the local section, was one of the judges. She explains what she was looking for.
"I was looking to be enthused about chemistry. I was looking for them to share their passion for chemistry, and make that really clear – why the subject mattered, why the person or the subject was really important to them, and to explain it in a very clear and concise way.
"I think the winners did exactly that. They spoke very clearly, and they made very interesting talks."
The committee is planning another similar event next year.