Rushlight Awards

Rushlight Awards Party 


There will not be a physical Awards Party for the Rushlight Awards 2020-21 due to the pandemic situation. 
Results of the judging will be announced to all the entrants and made public in late January. 


The Rushlight Awards 2019-20 Party was held on Thursday 30 January 2020 at Church House Westminster in London, following a full day at the Rushlight Show at the same venue.

With the Rushlight Awards fully integrated into the Rushlight Show, we hold a celebratory Awards Party running on straight after the Show.  Entrants will be able to make group bookings and they can have a dedicated space at the event.

The dress code is business attire and attendees will be able to mingle and network freely.  Delicious food and drinks will be available.

The results of the awards will be announced, with certificates for the direct entry winners and trophies for the group winners and overall winners, which will be posted after the event.

We are also continuing with our one-to-one “surgeries” at the party where you will be able to queue up to talk with a representative from a government department, a leading investor, a financier and an entrepreneur.  These will be a bit like meeting your local MP (but possibly more productive!), hence the surgery tag, as well as a pun on the venue!


Bookings are now being taken.  The Booking Form can be downloaded RUSHLIGHT AWARDS 2019-20 PARTY BOOKING FORM and sent by email to  Party registrations can also be made directly on the booking system HERE.


Church House Westminster is located at Deans Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ.  Directions to the venue and a map can be found HERE.


To help you get the best special offers at nearby hotels we have put together a Rushlight Awards and Show HotelMap that shows the nearby accommodation options and best possible rates and special offers. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel:

Alternatively, if you would like assistance with your hotel booking you can contact Jessica, our dedicated hotel expert for this event. Simply email with your requirements, phone number and Special Reference Code MS9GP-LV-NUJZVkJVOUhDOQ and she will get back to you to discuss your hotel options.

You can share this HotelMap with your colleagues on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks with the following link:

Programme for the evening

The programme for the evening is as follows:

5.00pm Registration, teas and coffees in Assembly Hall

5.40pm Transfer to Hoare Memorial Hall – wine and soft drinks served

5.45pm Welcome: Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

Keynote address: Professor Sir Ian Boyd

Networking and Poster Exhibition

Surgeries with:

Grants:                   Tom Kennard, Granted Consultancy

PR:                         Nigel Couzens, Barking Dog Communications


BEIS:                     Damitha Adikaari, Director for Science & Innovation for Climate & Energy, BEIS

IP:                          Peter Thorniley, Venner Shipley LLP  


6.45pm  Awards announcements, winners’ presentations and photos

7.15pm Dinner

9.30pm Close

Prof Sir Ian Boyd

Professor Sir Ian Boyd was Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from September 2012 to August 2019.  He is the Chair of the UK Research Integrity Office.  He is a marine and polar scientist who has spent much of his career at the University of St Andrews where he is an adviser to the Principal and was Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute, as well as the NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit. He also created the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland. Before this he spent 14 years leading research at the British Antarctic Survey.