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Many congratulations to EP DPhil student Lev Tankelevitch for winning the best National/International film at the Bristol Science Film Festival for his recent short science film about the neuroscience of touch perception.

Just a Touch (2017) is a short (~6m) film that explores the neuroscience of touch perception from the skin to the brain, using a combination of live action filming and animation. It was a collaboration with Cristiana Vagnoni, a fellow neuroscience DPhil student based in DPAG; Maria Malandrino, an animator with Future Dog Studio, based in Italy; and Federico Malandrino, a sound designer and composer based in Italy. Competing with 14 other shortlisted films, it recently won the best National/International film prize at the Bristol Science Film Festival, organised by the Bristol+Bath branch of the British Science Association.

Lev is highly committed and highly talented at public engagement. In addition to contributing many offerings to events like BrainDiaries, he has written some cogent blogs on some deep issues about scientific research: