The secrets of nature’s shimmer

We are delighted to announce that Dr Rox Middleton from the University of Bristol is the British Science Festival 2021 Award Lecture winner for Engineering, Technology and Industry.

Rox has been awarded this recognition for her research into the way the naturally occurring phenomenon of structural colour has evolved independently of colour pigments. She has recorded a short video clip about her work here.

In her talk at the British Science Festival in September, physicist Rox will examine the way tiny nanostructures in fruits and flowers produce stunning visual effects, including what makes some berries brilliantly blue. In fact, nature is way ahead of us and has gone beyond our wildest dreams of engineering already! So Rox will examine what the evolution of structural colour means for colourant technology, manufacture and the way we think about colour.

To delve further into Rox’s research and its impact on our lives, she will be taking part in a special Q+A event as part of the British Science Festival in September.

All of the Q+A events will take place between 7-11 September on the Chelmsford campus of Anglia Ruskin University, as part of the British Science Festival 2021.


For full details of all British Science Festival 2021 Award Lecture winners read our announcement and you can watch the full video series here.