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Essay prize winners receive their medals

THE winners of the 2020 and 2021 IPEM / Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers have been presented with their medals.

The award was launched in 2020 and is open to members of both organisations who are in the early stages of their career (typically within 10-15 years of graduation or of commencing their relevant employment).

A prize of £500 and an IPEM Gold Medal was presented to the winners at the WCSIM Autumn Awards banquet by Professor Stephen O’Connor, IPEM’s Immediate Past President.

Prize winners

James Bezer, a postgraduate student at Imperial College London, won the inaugural prize for his essay ‘Innovation and Communication: Scientific Instrumentation Improving Patient Outcomes’.


The 2021 prize winner was Edward Peake, a Clinical Scientist in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is working on MRI commissioning, quality assurance and system management as well as imaging research including AI and deep learning image reconstruction. In addition, Edward is working for a PhD in Radiological Science at Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. His PhD thesis is focused on the use of AI novel biomarkers in Osteoarthritis using MRI. His essay was:

Re-think of medical imaging: How could new methods, technologies and work practices impact the post-Covid backlog and patient outcomes?’

Professor O’Connor said: ‘Both James and Edward richly deserve their awards and I congratulate them on their success. I would encourage other members of both organisations who are in the early stages of their career to enter the 2022 Essay Prize when we announce details about it.’

Livery company

The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers is one of the modern livery companies of the City of London and a charity which promotes the craft of scientific instrument making and the exchange of ideas and information by members and guests through meetings, visits, lectures and social events.

It provides opportunities for members to encourage and support younger members and engage with schools at careers’ fairs and support STEM days. The Livery encourages young people to participate in scientific instrumentation through grants, prizes, scholarships and apprenticeships. The Livery has relationships with a number of universities as well as the armed forces and the Arkwright Scholarship Scheme.

James Bezer Essay Prize 2020
Edward Peake Essay Final Oct 2021
Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers