The Royal Society – Local Heroes Scheme (December, 2016): The Royal Society selected 15 Accredited museums and galleries from across the UK to receive funding for exhibitions and events that celebrate local science heroes and their discoveries. Dean has been selected as a Local Hero for Doncaster. An exhibition [Dean R. Lomax – Making Dreams Reality] and series of events highlighting Dean's incredible contribution to science will take place in 2017.
The Edward Forbes Prize – The Palaeontographical Society (April, 2016): The Palaeontographical Society is the oldest Society devoted specifically to the advancement of palaeontological knowledge in existence. The Edward Forbes Prize aims to recognise outstanding contributions by early career researchers in the field of taxonomic and systematic palaeontology (i.e. how to classify species), and specifically for the study of fossils from the British Isles. Dean was awarded the prize for his recent scientific study describing a new species of ichthyosaur, Ichthyosaurus anningae, published in 2015 in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The prize was awarded at London’s Natural History Museum by the president of the society, Prof. Paul Barrett.
Marsh Award for Palaeontology – Marsh Christian Trust & The Natural History Museum (November, 2015): The purpose of the Marsh Award for Palaeontology is to recognise 'unsung heroes' – those who have made an outstanding or cumulative contribution to palaeontology in the UK, yet whose efforts have not necessarily been widely recognised. The award is presented annually and Dean is the youngest individual to receive this honour. The award was given for “the impressive number of publications that Dean has authored (at such a young age), the tireless efforts he’s put into improving and recognising the importance of the palaeontology collection at Doncaster Museum and for his contribution to the public interpretation of dinosaurs in the United Kingdom”. Presented by the founder of the trust, Brian Marsh OBE.
SEAES Postgraduate Research Student Excellence Award (University of Manchester) – Best Contribution to Society for 2015 (November, 2015): “For Dean’s simply outstanding contributions to science communication in the area of vertebrate palaeontology, notably evidenced by his lead role in the recent 2-part ITV series ‘Dinosaur Britain’ and for winning the Gold Medal First Prize in the Set for Britain 2015 competition”.
BIAZA Award – British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (June, 2015): Working alongside the Yorkshire Wildlife Park education department, Dean helped to develop an education package regarding Evolution & Inheritance for Yr 6 school students (ages 10-11). This incorporated evolution and palaeontology with connections to living animals. The award was presented to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Gold Medal (G. J. Mendel Award) – Set for Britain 2015 (March, 2015): Set for Britain is a prestigious event held each year in the Houses of Parliament, aimed at early career scientists. Dean was selected from hundreds of individuals to present his research (against 59 other candidates) regarding a new species of ichthyosaur which he had identified in the collections of Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery. Dean won the Biological and Biomedical Sciences category of the competition and was awarded the Gold Medal (Gregor Mendel Award) for excellence in science communication.