Biochemical Society Awards 2001

The Awards Committee are seeking nominations for the Medal Lecturers for 2001. These prestigious awards recognize 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, you include the following:

  • a letter from the nominator which summarizes the nominee's principle achievements and clearly describes the context in which these meet the criteria for that award
  • the scientist's current CV and list of relevant publications. The 10 most significant (5 in the case of the Colworth Medal) publications should be highlighted
  • at least two supporting letters from eminent colleagues describing the area of work undertaken and highlighting the nominees' achievements in relation to the criteria.

For awards with age limits the Committee will exercise considerable discretion when considering nominees with significant breaks in their careers.

If you have any doubts about the eligibility of your nominee, please contact Sheila Mills; tel. 020 7299 4441

The closing date for nominations is 17 April 2000


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. The recipient, who is selected by the Awards Committee, is expected to give a lecture at a meeting of the Society and at one of the Unilever Research Laboratories. The recipient receives an Honorarium of 2,000 and expenses. The lecture is published in Biochemical Society Transactions.

Last Recipient: Dr Dario Alessi, 2000


The Novartis Medal and Prize (formerly CIBA)

The medal was donated in 1964 by the Ciba Laboratories, Horsham (later the Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals Division and now Novartis). It 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. The prize-winner is expected to deliver a lecture which is subsequently published in Biochemical Society Transactions. The lecturer's travelling expenses are repaid.

Last Recipient: Dr Kiyoshi Nagai, 2000


The Jubilee Lecture

This lecture was established to commemorate the Society's 50th anniversary in 1961. It is given each year 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 selected by the Awards Committee and is expected to lecture on his/her chosen field of research. The lecturer receives Harden Medal, which was first awarded in 1978 and receives a gift of 1,000. Expenses are also paid.

Last Recipient: Professor Vincent Massey, 1999


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 Johnston Professor of Biochemistry in the University of Liverpool sits with the Awards Committee when the Morton lecturer is elected. 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 an Honorarium of 1,000, and travelling expenses are paid. The lecture is published in Biochemical Society Transactions.

Last Recipient: Professor Anthony Watts, 1999


AstraZeneca Award

Zeneca Pharmaceuticals sponsors an award, made triennially by the Biochemical Society, for outstanding work carried out in a laboratory situated in the UK or Irish Republic, leading to advances in biochemistry related to the development and application of a new reagent or method. The first award was made in 1995. The recipient receives an Honorarium of 500 plus expenses.

Last Recipient: Professor Steven Homans, 1998


Keilin Memorial Lecture

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 organising 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 modify this programme. The lecturer receives a medal, and an Honorarium of 1,000 plus expenses. The venue of the lecture may be outside the UK. The lecture is published in Biochemical Society Transactions.

Last Recipient: Professor Shinya Yoshikawa, 1999


For further information on how to make a nomination please visit our Medals page. Please send all nominations to: The Meetings Office, The Biochemical Society, 59 Portland Place, London W1B 1QW
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