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IBD awards ‘highest prize’ to talented young brewer

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The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) has presented its prestigious Cambridge Prize to a talented young brewing scientist working for SABMiller UK.

Dr Stephen Lawrence, a member of SABMiller’s Brewing Innovation team, becomes only the fourth recipient this century of the Cambridge Prize, which is awarded for a ‘highly significant’ contribution to brewing science by a younger member of the IBD. The award recognises projects completed and papers published by Lawrence during his time as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham, which advanced the brewing industry’s understanding around the impact of serial repitching on yeast.

IBD Executive Director Simon Jackson said, “Fostering young brewing talent is at the core of the IBD’s work and we are delighted to be awarding the Cambridge Prize for the first time since 2010.  Stephen has made an enormous contribution to an important area of brewing research and he thoroughly deserves to receive this award, our most coveted award for young scientists.”

Lawrence said, “Winning the Cambridge Prize is a real honour and it’s wonderful to receive this recognition for the research I carried out over a number of years while at the University of Nottingham. I am enormously grateful to the team there for all their help, without which I would never have completed the projects.

“As a young brewing scientist starting on a lengthy research project, I was glad of the support available from the IBD, in particular their Young Members section. Their Continued Professional Development programme and opportunities to network with other young brewers were invaluable for me, both while at Nottingham and now at SABMiller.”

In winning the Cambridge Prize, Lawrence joins a short list of brewing luminaries including Charlie Bamforth, President of the IBD, and its President-elect, Dr Katherine Smart, who won the award in 1984 and 1999 respectively.

As well as a cheque for £500 and a trophy, Lawrence receives a bursary to attend the IBD’s International Young Scientists Symposium on Malting, Brewing and Distilling, which takes place in California next April.

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