Each year the British Society for Cell Biology presents two prestigious medals:
1) The Hooke Medal to an outstanding UK cell biologist who has been working as an independent PI for 14 years or less.
2) The BSCB Women in Cell Biology Early Career Award Medal which is an honour awarded to an outstanding female cell biologist who has started her own research group in the UK within the last 6 years.
The 2018 awardees for the Hooke Medal (Andrew McAinsh, University of Warwick) and Women in Cell Biology Early Career Award (Meritxell Huch, University of Cambridge) gave presentations on their work at the 2018 BSCB annual spring meeting at ‘Dynamic Cell III’. You can see watch their medal lectures on our YouTube channel.
The BSCB committee is currently inviting nominations for both of these awards.
Nominations of cell biologists (both BSCB and non-BSCB members) must be supported by two scientists who act as Proposer and Seconder (at least one of whom should be a BSCB member).
BSCB members can also self-nominate for either category but this again needs to be accompanied by supporting statements from two scientists who act as Proposer and Seconder (at least one of whom should be a BSCB member).
The nomination for each category should provide a full CV including a list of relevant publications and a short (no longer than 1 page) summary of the candidate’s major contributions to cell biology. It should also include a statement of eligibility: for the Hooke medal – that the candidate has been independent for less than 14 years; for the WICB medal – that the candidate has been independent for less than 6 years and has at least one senior author paper. Note that we can be flexible in considering nominations for scientists who have been independent for longer than the 14 or 6 years but whose careers may have been interrupted for any reason e.g. maternity leave. Please include this in the statement of eligibility.
Winners will be selected by the BSCB Committee and will be presented with their medal at the BSCB Society Annual Spring Meeting after which they will give their Medal Lecture. The 2019 BSCB Spring Meeting will be jointly held with the British Society for Developmental Biology to be held at the University of Warwick (UK).
The deadline for nominations will be 1st October 2018.
Nominations should be sent to the BSCB Secretary Vas Ponnambalam.