Biochemical Society Awards 1999

The Awards Committee are seeking nominations for the Medal Lecturers for 1999. These prestigious awards recognise excellence in the fields of biochemistry across different stages of science careers.

You are invited to nominate leading scientists for the following awards, the criteria for which are outlined below. The Awards Committee stress that it is essential that, in nominating an individual, your letter is supported by:

  • the scientist's current CV
  • at least two supporting letters from eminent colleagues describing the area of work undertaken and highlighting the nominees' achievements in relation to the criteria.

Novartis Medal & Prize (formerly Ciba)

The medal was donated in 1964 by the Ciba Laboratories, Horsham (now Novartis), and is normally awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of any branch of biochemistry. The award is for work carried out in the U.K. but is open to candidates of any nationality, subject to nomination. The medal carries a gift of £1000 and the recipient, who is selected by the Awards Committee, is expected to deliver a lecture which is subsequently published in Biochemical Society Transactions. The lecturer's travelling expenses are repaid.

Last recipient: Professor Richard Perham, 1998

Keilin Memorial

This lecture was instituted in January 1964 to commemorate the late David Keilin following an appeal by a group of his associates. The Biochemical Society was requested by the organizing group to act as trustee of the memorial fund. The lecturer and the subject of the lecture are selected from a field of biochemistry and/or biology by the Awards Committee. The lecture is, in general, given every other year, but the Committee has the power to effect the modification to this programme. The lecturer receives a medal, and repayment of his or her travelling and other expenses. The venue of the lecture may be outside the U.K. The lecture is published in Biochemical Society Transactions.

Last recipient: M. Wilkström 1997

The Colworth Medal

The medal was donated in 1963 by the Unilever Research Colworth Laboratory, Sharnbrook, Bedford. It is awarded annually for work of an outstanding nature to a British biochemist, who normally must not have reached the age of 35 years by 1 January of the year for which the award is made. Those above this age limit, who have lost time early in their career through family commitments, illness, late entry into higher education or other good reasons, will be considered by the Awards Committee. Nominations are invited and the recipient, who is selected by the Awards Committee set up by the Executive Committee of the Society, is expected to give a lecture at a meeting of the Society and at one of the Unilever Research Laboratories. The lecturer receives a gift of £500. The expenses of the lecturer are paid and the lecture is published in Biochemical Society Transactions.

Last recipient: Dr David Barford in 1998

The Morton Lecture

This lecture was instituted in 1978 to commemorate the late R.A. Morton following an appeal by his colleagues and friends. The Biochemical Society agreed to administer the funds and to appoint the lecturer; the Johnston Professor of Biochemistry in the University of Liverpool joins the Awards Committee for this award. The lecture is given biennially at a meeting of the Society and at the University of Liverpool. The lecturer should have made an outstanding contribution to lipid biochemistry. The lecturer receives a gift of £500, and travelling expenses are paid. The lecture is published in Biochemical Society Transactions.

Last recipient: M. Evans 1996

Jubilee Lecture

This lecture was established to commemorate the Society's 50th anniversary in 1961. It is given each year in which there is no Hopkins Memorial Lecture, normally in London, to coincide with a meeting of the Society and also at a suitable centre outside London. It is later published in Biochemical Society Transactions. The lecturer, who must be a biochemist of distinction, but may be from any part of the world, is nominated by the Awards Committee and is expected to lecture on his/her chosen field of research. The lecturer receives the Harden Medal, which was first awarded in 1978 and also receives a gift of £500. Expenses are also paid.

Last recipient: Dr James E. Rothman 1997
Please send nominations to:

Melissa Kyriacou
The Meetings Department
The Biochemical Society
59 Portland Place
London
W1B 1QW

The deadline for nominations is Friday 17th July 1998
The Biochemical Society,
59 Portland Place,
London W1B 1QW;
Tel: 020 7580 5530; Fax: 020 7637 3626;
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