of awards for the presenters, thinkers and contributors who make the biggest impact.
Finalists for the following categories were announced at the close of Impact 2017 on 15 March. Winners will be revealed at the MRS Excellence Awards lunch on 9 June.
BEST CHAIR Sponsored by Hannelius Recruitment
Fran Cassidy, Cassidy Media Partnership, for Social media: now that's what I call smart targeting
Sinead Jefferies, Chime Insight and Engagement, for Nudge or hint? Is behaviour change going far enough?
Peter Totman, Jigsaw Research, for The post-Brexit divide: dispatched from the front line
BEST NEWCOMER Sponsored by the New Fieldwork Company
Betty Adamou, Research Through Gaming, for Fashion design and sustainability through ResearchGames
Stephanie Gaydon, 2CV, for Report it to stop it: how research addressed the hidden problem of unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport
Billie Ing, Ipsos, for Sensory immersion as a catalyst for innovation
Michaela Rhode, BritainThinks, for Weighing in on the great weight debate
BEST OVERALL CONTRIBUTION TO CONFERENCE Sponsored by QuenchTec
Dame Jil Matheson, former statistician of the United Kingdom, for her contribution to Measuring the public mood
Lisa Edgar, The Big Window, Leslie Sopp, Financial Conduct Authority and their interviewee Wendy Mitchell, who is living with and blogging about dementia, for The greys matter: through the mind of Wendy - living with dementia and dealing with financial services
Peter Totman (chair), Jigsaw Research, Cordelia Hay, BritainThinks, Tom Ewing, BrainJuicer and System1 Politics and Catherine Hunt, Prime Minister's Office & Cabinet Office Communications, for their session The post-Brexit divide: dispatched from the front line
BEST PRESENTATION Sponsored by Razor Research
Catherine Hunt, Prime Minster's Office & Cabinet Office Communications, for The public speaks - how do we respond?
Ali Moore, Resource London, and Jon Cohen, Kindling, for Just one thing: getting young Londoners to recycle
Jo Parry, Department for Transport, and Sidi Lemine, BAMM, for Driven to distraction: aligning the team on the road ahead
Deb Sleep, Engage Research, for Do blondes have more fun?
BEST PROVOCATIVE THINKING
Catherine Hunt, Prime Minister's Office & Cabinet Office Communications, for bravely playing the voice of the Brexit voter in The post-Brexit divide: dispatches from the front line
Dr Dan Nunan, Birkbeck, University of London, for his debate generating paper The declining use of the term 'market research'
Bianca Wilson, Imperial College London, who was not a speaker but a delegate who the judges felt raised some of the most pertinent questions throughout the conference