Psychology early-career researcher to be honoured by British Science Association for cutting-edge research

Last week the British Science Association (BSA) announced that Psychology early-career researcher, Dr Bérengère Digard, has been selected to deliver the social sciences award lecture.

Bérengère Digard photo

The Award Lecturers are a cohort of UK-based, early career researchers who are being recognised for cutting-edge work in their field and their commitment to public engagement efforts, furthering the reach of their work.

The BSA has acknowledged promising early career scientists for over 30 years. Previous Award Lecturers include Professor Brian Cox, Richard Wiseman and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Bérengère is being honoured for the public engagement work on autism and bilingualism based on her research. This includes (but is by no means limited to); producing resources for parents of children with autism, clinicians and teachers; creating a policy brief for policy makers; and writing several lay articles for journals including Scottish Autism Magazine and The Linguist.

She will join seven other awardees at the University of Exeter in September, as part of the British Science Festival, delivering a lecture on why language learning for autistic people should be encouraged.

I am honoured and thrilled to have received this award! I am looking forward to meeting my fellow awardees and our predecessors, and learning from them about both their research and their science communication experience. Most of all, it is an honour for me to use this prestigious platform to help reach a greater understanding and appreciation of the autistic community.

Bérengère Digard

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