The Hooke Medal is awarded every year by the BSCB and recognises an emerging leader in cell biology. The award was first made in 2000 and is named after Robert Hooke, the eminent 17th century natural philosopher and author of Micrographia (the world’s first comprehensive illustrated book on microscopy). It is given to an individual who started their own group within the last 14 years (with allowances for legitimate career breaks).
The annual deadline for nominations is 1st October. Winners will be selected by the BSCB Committee and will be presented with their medal at the BSCB Annual Meeting at which they will give their Medal Lecture. You can peruse the list of previous winners of the Hooke Medal and watch a selection of Hooke medal lectures on our YouTube channel.
The medal shows Robert Hooke’s microscope and the cork cells he first described. It was designed by Dr Brad Amos.
Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to cell biology and work predominantly in the UK or Ireland. Nominations must be supported by two scientists (at least one of whom is a BSCB member). BSCB members can nominate themselves but this needs to be accompanied by supporting statements from two scientists.
Nominations should provide a full CV including a list of relevant publications. The supporting statements must include a short (no longer than 1 page) summary of the candidate’s major contributions to cell biology. At least one letter of support must include a statement of eligibility: that the candidate has been independent for less than 14 years by the nomination deadline. Note that we can be flexible in considering nominations for scientists whose careers may have been interrupted for any reason. Please include this in the statement of eligibility.
Nominations should be sent to the BSCB Secretary, Vas Ponambalam by 1st October. If you would like more information about eligibility or the nomination procedure, please contact the BSCB secretary or the membership secretary, Andrew Carter.
The winner of the 2019 Hooke medal is Eugenia Piddini