Women in Cell Biology Early Career Award Medal

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the BSCB we are pleased and excited to announce the establishment of a new prize, the BSCB Women in Cell Biology Early Career Award Medal. This will be an annual honour awarded to an outstanding female cell biologist who has started her own research group in the UK within the last 6 years, with allowances for legitimate career breaks. Applicants must also have published at least one senior author paper from their own laboratory.

“While the concept of women-only prizes is controversial, most scientists think that we lose far too many talented, young, female scientists. We hope that this award will help raise the profile of some of our most promising young stars at a crucial stage in their career and that the awardees will serve as inspiring role models for the next generation of female cell biologists.” – Professor Jordan Raff, President of the BSCB

The Winner of the 2017 WICB Early Career Medal is
Dr Victoria Sanz-Moreno, Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College, London.
(see here for more info)


The winner of the 2016 WICB Early Career Medal was Dr Lidia Vasilieva, University of Oxford.

You can watch her medal lecture on our YouTube Channel.

Details of previous winners of the WICB medal can be seen here.

This prize complements the already established Hooke Medal, awarded annually by the BSCB to a UK-based cell biologist of either gender who has made exceptional contributions to the field. From 2015, the Hooke Medal is awarded to someone who started their own group within the last 14 years.

Note: candidates can be nominated at any time but must be nominated by at least one BSCB member, should provide a full CV and a short summary of the candidate’s major contributions to cell biology. Submission should be sent to the BSCB Secretary, Vas Ponambalam. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 medal was 1st August 2016. Winners are  selected by the BSCB Committee and will be presented with their medal at the BSCB/BSDB Annual Spring Meeting (for the 2017 winner this will be in Warwick April 3rd-5th), where they will deliver their Medal Lecture..