Ri Channel wins European award!

The Ri Channel animation 'Celebrating Crystallography' has won a 2014 European Science TV and New Media Award.

Our crystallography video collection celebrated the Bragg centenary
Royal Institution


We are delighted to share the fantastic news that our Ri Channel team has won the New Media award sponsored by EuroScience for our 'Celebrating Crystallography' animation at the European Science TV and New Media Awards.

The animation, which was supported by the Science & Technology Research Council (STFC) and created with the help of animators from 12foot6, forms part of our series of animations and short films celebrating a century of crystallography.

The annual awards are organised by Euroscience and EuroPAWS, two public awareness of science organisations who have joined forces in a continuing partnership with Ciencia Viva to present awards for the best European science productions in nine categories, and bring cross-cultural issues to the fore.

An international jury of scientists and TV/New Media people along with the general public were at the European Science TV and New Media Festival earlier this year which took place as part of the Science in the City programme at the ESOF congress in Copenhagen. Together with ESOF delegates they viewed productions in various categories and the Jury selected the eight prize-winners.


EuroPAWS (the European Public Awareness of Science andTechnology) aims to highlight the potential for science across all genres of television and new media in Europe. Its flagship events are the annual European Science TV and New Media Festival and Awards, but it also engages in European level projects with specific goals, e.g. to develop new TV drama involving science and engineering and to highlight policy issues relating to science on television and new media, notably regarding women in science and engineering and future broadcasting strategies.


EuroScience was founded in 1997 by members of Europe’s research community to provide an open forum for debate on science and technology and research policies in Europe, strengthen the links between science and society, contribute to the creation of an integrated space for science and technology in Europe, linking research organisations and policies at national and EU levels; strive for a greater role of the EU in research and influence science and technology policies.

About the animation

X-ray crystallography is arguably one of the greatest innovations of the twentieth century, but not that many people know what it is or how it came about.

The 'Celebrating Crystallography' video is an animated journey through the 100 year history of crystallography – from the pioneering work of William and Lawrence Bragg in 1913 to the surface of Mars! Narrated by structural biologist Stephen Curry and produced by animation company 12foot6, the film explores the extraordinary history of crystallography. To date 28 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to projects related to the field and X-ray crystallography remains the foremost technique in determining the structures of a huge range of complex molecules.

This film was produced in celebration of the Bragg Centenary and was funded by STFC.