Communication award


An EARA member institution in Portugal has been recognised for its use of clear language in its communication about biomedical research.


Access Culture, an association that promotes greater participation in culture in Portugal, physical, intellectual and social, awarded this year’s Clear Language Award to the Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon.


The award was for Champalimaud’s engaging explanation of its research with fruit flies that has led to the discovery of a new phenomenon - a social safety cue (also available in Portuguese).


They found that an individual fly was less likely to freeze in response to a threat if its companions were moving, showing that social context can influence behaviour.


The Access Culture awards are open to different organisations including research institutions, museums, and cultural centres.

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