The MRS Annual Conference Awards encourage the enthusiastic participation of research practitioners, commissioners and end-users at Impact 2020. A panel of judges will review all the content presented on 10-11 March looking for original and engaging presentations, new methodological, commercial and cultural ideas and exciting new talent.

The three new categories for 2020 are:

Best Main Stage Presentation
Best Newcomer – for a first-time presenter under 30
Best Presentation in the Applied Intelligence Zone

The winners will be announced at the MRS Excellence Awards in September (date TBC).

The judges are:

Paul Child MMRS, Join the Dots | InSites Consulting
Chloe Fowler CMRS, Razor Research
Victoria Maxey MMRS, Illuminas
Mark Speed FMRS (Chair), xSpeediency
Julie Vincent CMRS, TSR Insight
Michael Webley MMRS, Tesco


Best Newcomer

Grace Jasper
What the judges said: “Grace was brilliant. She was personable, passionate, engaging and enthusiastic whilst simultaneously highly credible and her ideas were highly relevant to the how we can create impact. Grace is an asset to her business and to our industry and we are sure will go on to great things.”

Nick Saxby
What the judges said: “Nick combined fantastic content with a compassionate call to action challenging us to think about how inclusivity and diversity should be brought to life. Nick related his content to other conversations happening at the conference and combined strong delivery and purposeful content to present a highly compelling case.”

Jack Tadman
What the judges said: “It can’t be easy Chairing a session about new careers to a room full of seasoned insight professionals.  Jack chaired a great session and ensured all his four panellists had ample time to share their passion, challenges and commitment to the insight industry.  Very professionally done.”

Imogen Williams
What the judges said: “Energetic, engaging and refreshing. Potentially difficult to pull off when the subject matter is industrial tyres, but Imogen introduced and explained her analytical method with poise and enthusiasm. Well versed in her method, the process and outcomes, this newcomer could definitely hold her own against more established presenters.”


Best Presentation in the Applied Intelligence Zone

Sally Gowland for Risks of fake news and misinformation
What the judges said: “A real learning experience looking at how fake news can have devastating consequences in countries newly embracing the ever increasing developments in social media. Well-delivered, Sally engaged the audience and it is clear there is much more to do in this complicated area.”

Caroline Hayter and Martin Lee for Reading between the lines
What  th judges said: ”Thinking about the reader was a refreshing angle on the well-trodden path of better story telling. Engaging delivery, insightful content and interactive thinking… if you were part of this session you learnt something, reflected and came away with a personal challenge to act upon it. With a message of ‘less is more’, it more or less nailed it.”

Oliver Sweet, Judy Taylor and Caroline Noon for The state of qual
What the judges said: “Three seasoned professionals working collaboratively to passionately express the value of qual. Leveraging a bespoke piece of research with clients struggling to argue the case for qual in a sea of big data, this three-way debate sought to highlight (and remind us of) the significant texture and depth qualitative techniques can bring. Well planned and executed with audience participation and humour.”


Best Main Stage Contribution

Ivana Bartoletti for 2020 Tech: AI: more questions than answers
What the judges said: “A fascinating if at times somewhat worrying session by Ivana – delivered with passion and much insight. The ethical challenges facing AI laid bare!”

Ali Camps, Kenny Imafidon, Melissa Gonsalves, Ella Fryer-Smith and Marie-Claude Gervais for 2020 Society: inclusion, fragmentation, connection
What the judges said: “Expertly chaired by Ali Camps, the panel challenged us and each other to think about what diversity means for what we do professionally as researchers, but also for us personally in our careers. Key take-aways included a challenge to honestly acknowledge our privilege, and where we have them to share social capital by being a sponsor. And a reassurance that championing and embedding diversity may not always make things comfortable, but it will definitely make things better.”

Peter Totman for The populism no one talks about: is identity politics eroding societal
What the judges said: “Fluid, engaging and even able to point out his mistakes. Peter took us through the theory before sharing his own research findings allowing us to see how two seemingly disparate groups are in fact more similar than either would perhaps like to imagine! A welcome return to defining the parameters, showing some data / content (including graciously sharing any oversights or problems) and drawing conclusions. A tutorial in delivering insights.”

Best Presentation
(Formerly Best Presenter/Best Presented Paper)

2019 – Crawford Hollingworth & Lara McCullagh
2018 - Nathalie Gil, Matthew Warren-Bostrom and David Murray
2017 - Ali Moore and Jon Cohen
2016 – Ailean Mills and Marc Edwards
2015 – Laura Morris and Jemima Bird
2014 – Richard Wilson
2013 – Gemma Jones, Tim Jones and Robin Pharoah
2012 – Peter Dann
2011 – Bob Cook
2010 – Douglas Dunn and Debi Bester
2010 – Darren Cornish
2009 – Niels Schillewaert
2008 – Tom Ewing
2007 – Ray Poynter
2006 – Daniel Wain
2005 – Martyn Richards
2004 – James Parsons
2003 – Victoria Brooks
2002 – Flemming from Thygesen and Paul McGowan
2001 – David Smith and Andy Dexter
2000 – Mary Bard and Elaine Moore
1999 – Eamonn Santry
1998 – Richard E Kottler
1997 – Ken Parker and Trish Stuart
1996 – Mike Denny and Ian Wright
1995 – Sarah Blomfield and John Wicks
1994 – Nick Watkins
1993 – Cris Tarrant and Geoffrey Breeze
1992 – Gerry Hahlo
1991 – John Samuels, Simon Orton and Dominic McVey
1990 – Stella Hall and Jackie Katryniak
1989 – Monty Alexander and Virginia Valentine
1988 – John P Moran
1987 – Ian Croll and Christine Restall

Best Newcomer

2019 – Kate Skivington
2018 – Saskia Jones
2017 - Betty Adamou
2016 – Samantha Bond and Janneke Dobben
2015 – Andy Cooper
2014 – Matt Taylor
2013 – Giles Colborne
2012 – Victoria Guyatt
2011 – Gavin Holt
2010 – Doron Meyassed
2009 – Jamie Hamilton and Paul Dixon
2008 – Lisa Galarneau
2007 – Sinead Jefferies
2006 – Marie Laver
2005 – Luke Perry
2004 – James Holden
2003 – Nick Southgate
2002 – Penny Harwood and Caroline Davey
2001 – Darren Lewis and Bonny Mhlanga
2000 – Helen Trevaskis
1999 – Arno Hummerston

Best Session Chair

2019 – Danny Wain
2018 – Betty Adamou
2017 - Peter Totman
2016 – Tim Britton
2015 – Deborah Mattinson for Poll of pollsters
2014 – Graeme Trayner for Ideas from the world of activism

Best Fringe Contribution

(Formerly Best Workshop)

2019 – Kelly McKnight, Kate Skivington & their participants
2018 - Sven Hughes, Rachel Emms and David Balson for Who’s pulling your strings: An experiment in unconscious influence
2016 – Elina Halonen, Colin Strong, Nick Baker, Cat Wiles and Nick Bonney for Will curious computers replace curious minds?
2015 – Mary Coyne for Stop, breathe and be
2014 – Martin Gent and Lucy Morris for Stepping into our creativity
2013 – Jen del Carlo and Catherine Starkey for The devil is in the detail
2012 – Roy Langmaid for Don't tell me, show me
2011 – John Griffiths and Joanna Chrzanowska for Join the great crowdsourcing experiment

Best Overall Contribution to Conference

(Formerly Special Contribution to Conference/Chairman’s Award)

2019 – Tome Ewing & Lucy Davison 
2017 - Lisa Edgar, Leslie Sopp and Wendy Mitchell
2016 – Brian Tarran, Cordelia Hay, Tom Ewing, Tom Mludzinski, Nick Moon, Alberto Nardelli and Orlando Wood
2015 – Elina Halonen, Karen Schofield, Kelly McKnight, Andy Cooper, Jo Pabari, Noel Roychowdhury and Daniel Tralman
2014 – Caroline Hayter for curating the session An adventure into the unknown
2013 – Mark Allen, Lucy Baldwin, Alice Ellen, Chloe Fowler, Jon Hildrew and Owen McAleer
2012 – Paul Child, Victoria Guyatt, Katie Kaylor, Jerry Latter, Sara Sheridan and Naomi Stoll
2011 – Simon Chadwick
2010 – Peter Duffy, Michelle Harrison, Peter Mouncey, James Turner and Stephen Sackur
2009 – Marc Brenner
2008 – Jo-Ann Foo, Liz Judson, James Morris, Ray Poynter, Rich Shaw and Kat Slater
2007 – Ray Poynter
2006 – Marc Brenner
2005 – Luke Perry
2004 – Anjul Sharma
2003 – Andy Dexter and Virginia Valentine
2002 – Rachel Lawes
2002 – Ken Parker
2001 – Vicky Stokes, Sophie Russell-Ross and Pauline Farrelly
2000 – Alexandra Dury, Robin Gregory and Jim Dunn
1999 – Ann Binnie and Rosemary Cowan

Best Session

2013 – Amanda Anderton, Ella Fryer-Smith, Neil Griffiths (Keynote), Darren Hanley, Caroline Hayter (Chair), Anthony Martin and Joshua Sorene forTales of the Unexpected
2012 – Gerald Bruce-Roberts, Paul Child, Debrah Harding (Chair), Melanie Johnston, Mark Long and Tom Peck for The Business of Change
2011 – Martin Filz, Philip Garland, Steven Gittelman, Martin Oxley (Chair) and Joel Williams for Online Research

Best Paper

2012 – Lisa Edgar and David Bunker
2011 – Joel Williams
2010 – Orlando Wood
2009 – Sheila Keegan
2008 – Fiona Blades and Ana Medeiros
2007 – Robert Heath & Paul Feldwick
2007 – Caroline Vogt & Stuart Knapman
2006 – Katja Maggio-Muller and Malcolm Evans
2005 – Martyn Richards
2004 – Steve Wills
2003 – Anthony Tasgai
2002 – Flemming from Thygesen and Paul McGowan
2001 – Malcolm Evans and Michael Harvey
2000 – Andrew Ehrenberg and Rachel Kennedy
1999 – Gordon Pincott and Terri Anderson
1998 – Nick Long
1997 – Frances Yelland and Caryl Varty
1996 – Paul Feldwick
1995 – Monty Alexander, Max Burt and Andrew Collinson
1994 – Wendy Gordon
1993 – Drusilla Gabbott
1992 – Max Blackston
1991 – Paul Feldwick, Sarah Carter and Louise Cooke
1990 – Wendy Hayward and John Rose
1989 – David Smith and Mary Bard
1988 – Sarah O’Brien and Rosemary Ford
1987 – Peter Menneer
1986 – John Chandler and Mike Owen
1985 – Colin Bowring
1984 – Linda Fuller
1983 – Fred Johnson
1982 – Neale Pharoah
1981 – David Seman, Chris Blamires and Rory Morgan
1980 – Michael Leech
1979 – William Schlackman
1978 – Martin Simmons
1974 – F J Johnson
1973 – W A Twyman
1972 – A S C Ehrenberg
1970 – P Dillon-Malone
1969 – J A Lunn
1968 – N J S Clemens and C Thornton

Best New Thinking

2010 – John Griffiths
2008 – Fiona Blades and Ana Medeiros
2007 – Tim Macer, Mark Pearson & Fabrizio Sebastiani
2006 – Anjali Puri
2005 – Fiona Blades, Claydon Heeley Jones Mason, & Stephen Phillips
2004 – John Griffiths, Siamack Salari, Greg Rowland and John Beasley-Murray
2003 – Mark Earls
2003 – Mark Oldridge
2002 – Virginia Valentine
2001 – Eric Willson and Tim Wragg
2000 – Virginia Valentine and Wendy Gordon
1999 – Andy Dexter and Gail Behan

Best Proactive thinking
(new for 2017)

2017 - Bianca Wilson



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