This year’s National Eisteddfod Science and Technology Medal is awarded to Hefin Jones, Cardiff, for his lifelong contribution to science through the medium of Welsh.
The honour was announced at the recent meeting of the Eisteddfod Council in Aberystwyth.
Originally from Pencader, Carmarthenshire, he graduated and completed his doctorate at the University of London. Following research periods in Wellsbourne. Warwickshire and Imperial College, London, he was appointed as a senior lecturer at Cardiff in 2000.
As well as his research work on the effects of climate change on biodiversity, Hefin is also an inspiring lecturer who has contributed greatly to a wide range of degree courses such as Ecology, Zoology, Biology and Microbiology. Since his appointment eighteen years ago, he has been at the forefront developing a large proportion of the Welsh language provision in degree courses at the School of Biosciences, as well as offering the only opportunities to study through the medium of Welsh to the university’s medical students prior to the creation of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
Since 2011, Hefin has been the Dean of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol; chair of the Academic Board and a member of the Coleg’s Board of Directors, as well as a member of a number of other committees. He chaired the Gwerddon Editorial Board; and he continues to serve on the periodical’s Editorial Board as well as the Board of Y Traethodydd. He represented Wales on the Campaign for Science and Engineering’s Board of Directors, presenting evidence to the Welsh Government on the need for a Minister / Chief Advisor for science.
He is a familiar face and voice on radio and television. He has written extensively on scientific matters, including moral aspects within scientific developments, in a wide range of publications. He is also interested in discussing science and religion, and last year jointly published the University of Wales Press volume, Cristnogaeth a Gwyddoniaeth, with Dr Noel Davies.
He is an effective ambassador for his discipline, who also speaks on environmental and entomological issues, his specialism, through the medium of Welsh to a wide audience of all ages.
Hefin will receive the honour at a special ceremony on the Eisteddfod Maes in August.
The Cardiff National Eisteddfod is held in Cardiff Bay from 3-11 August. For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.