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, former BSCB President.
The Winner of the 2019 WICB Early Career Medal is
Dr Pleasantine Mill, MRC Human Genetics Unit, at the University of Edinburgh.
The winner of the 2018 WICB Early Career Medal was Dr Meritxell Huch, Gurdon Institute, Cambridge.
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. If you would like more information about eligibility or the nomination procedure, please contact the BSCB secretary or the membership secretary, Andrew Carter. Winners are selected by the BSCB Committee and will be presented with their medal at the BSCB Annual Spring Meeting, where they will deliver their Medal Lecture.