Limited tickets available for Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

The winners of the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards will be revealed at a virtual ceremony with networking next Thursday (15 April).

The logo for the 2020 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

Limited tickets are now available for those wishing to attend.

The ceremony will be in a specially-created virtual environment will be held from 6pm, attended by leaders and experts from a host of businesses and research organisations.

There will be networking beforehand in our interactive awards space and again after the ceremony, in a unique virtual bar.

Tickets for those who wish to join the event are on sale via Eventbrite. Invitations have already gone out to sponsors and nominees, who attend for free.

The awards, being held for the fourth time, have rapidly garnered a reputation as the leading celebration of science and technology in the region, and attract international attention.

Winners in 14 categories will be revealed, covering sectors ranging from biotech to AI, cleantech to innovation. Two individual categories – for CEO of the Year and Researcher of the Year – are included. And this year, there is a Covid-19 Response Award, reflecting the extraordinary effort from the region in responding to the pandemic.

You can see the full list of finalists on the Cambridge Independent website and follow the discussion on Twitter using #SciTechAwards.

Editor Paul Brackley, who will host the ceremony, said: “Our nominees never fail to impress us and selecting the winners was no easy task for our judges. “The awards underline how the Cambridge region is an extraordinary powerhouse of scientific and technological innovation.”

The ceremony is being held later than usual because of the impact of the pandemic.

“While we cannot hold a physical ceremony, we have worked hard to ensure that one of the most entertaining elements of these awards – the networking before and after the ceremony – can still take place,” said Paul.

Working with the events company Collab, an exciting venue has been created that allows attendees to see and speak to others on their table, or move between tables and areas as you would at a physical venue. The winners will be announced live on screen for those attending.

“We are excited to share what we have created with our audience, and hope that it goes some way to making up for the fact that we cannot yet all meet in person,” added Paul.

“We are grateful to our sponsors for their unstinting support, and look forward to chatting to them, our nominees and our guests on the night.”

One lucky finalist will secure £1,500 of free IP advice from sponsor Appleyard Lees, the Cambridge-based firm of IP specialists and patent attorneys.

And another company supporting the event again is COEL, the Cambridge-based office and laboratory design and fit-out specialist. It has helped with the ‘fit-out’ of the unique virtual space created for the awards by supporting the video production work.

Paul said: “We are delighted that COEL is continuing its support of the awards. We have pulled out all the stops to ensure our virtual ceremony is special, and COEL has been a big help.”

Barnaby Clark, COEL’s group sales and marketing director, said: “This is a fantastic event which celebrates companies and individuals which are breaking boundaries, changing our world for the better and widening our horizons. As COEL designs and fits out the working environments for many companies within the science and tech sector, we are delighted to support an event which highlights the progressive and beneficial research and work being carried out in Cambridge and the local region.”

Visit Eventbrite to purchase tickets.

Read more about the awards on Cambridge Independent's website.

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