Dr Mario Moustras has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Inspirational Member Award.
Dr Moustras (Mazamo Learning and Development) won the prize for dedication to the Management Group community through the diversification of the committee and activities.
He also receives a trophy.
On receiving the prize, Dr Moustras said: “I am honoured and feel privileged to have been nominated and to receive this award. It has been a real pleasure to have seen the Royal Society of Chemistry Management Group become more active and relevant to the needs of its members. The group’s work could not have been done without the amazing team who run the Management Group. It is amazing to work with them and I accept this award on their behalf too.”
Mario Moustras has been Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry Management Group for three years. It is one of many special interest groups that are run by, and for, RSC members. On a voluntary basis, the group runs webinars, workshops and face-to-face talks on leadership and talent development, on case studies and topics relevant to the management of chemistry related businesses. The group currently has over 1,000 members worldwide.
Dr Helen Pain, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: “All of us have experienced tremendous challenges in the last year and the chemical sciences community has been integral to how the world has responded in a number of ways. In the face of such challenges, the contribution of volunteers to support and inspire others should rightly be recognised at the highest level.
“Without volunteers we could not do much of the work that we do. Dr Moustras’s efforts are humbling and heartening and a fantastic example for others to look up to, and we are delighted to recognise his contribution.”
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s prizes have recognised excellence in the chemical sciences for more than 150 years. In 2019, the organisation announced the biggest overhaul of this portfolio in its history, designed to better reflect modern scientific work and culture.
The Volunteer Recognition Prizes celebrate those who give their time freely in numerous ways, from serving on boards and committees to working on public engagement initiatives. The prizes celebrate teams and individuals at all stages of their career.