This post is a complete departure from anything I have written in almost six years of writing this blog and is unlikely to compare to any future posts.
While much of the mainstream media is devoted to the antics of celebrities and high-profile sportspeople there are many others all over the world who are quietly working to make the world a better place. It is impossible to begin to describe the number of ways that people are making a difference to the lives of others.
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are made in several categories. The 2016 award in Development Cooperation was jointly awarded to Pedro Alonso and Peter Myler, an Australian scientist who is Director and Principal Investigator at the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease.
This short video features Peter Myler speaking about his work and what has been achieved through years of persistence and hard work.
If this post goes even a small way towards raising awareness of the work of people like Pedro and Peter, I will be most grateful. The dedication and determination of scientists and researchers helps to make our world a better and safer place to live and governments all over the world need to be reminded of that.