Biochemical Society Awards 2002

The Awards Committee are seeking nominations for the Medal Lectures for 2001. 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 closing date for nominations is: Friday 1 June 2001

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


Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins Memorial Lecture

This lecture, instituted in 1958, is given every two or three years to coincide with one of the major meetings of the Society. The lecturer is required, as far as is possible, to assess the impact of recent advances in his or her chosen field upon progress in biochemistry. Considerable discretion is allowed the lecturer in his/her choice of subject and he/she may, for example, choose to discuss advances made in other fields of knowledge that have important implications in his/her biochemical field, or the effect on other disciplines of advances made in biochemistry. The lecturer is nominated by the Awards Committee. The lecturer is given an engraved bronze medal, a gift plus expenses. The lecture is published in Biochemical Society Transactions.

Last recipient: Professor J Sulston, 2000


The Wellcome Trust Award for Research in Biochemistry Related to Medicine

The Wellcome Trust sponsors a biennial award for distinguished research leading to new advances in medical science. The award is specifically intended to recognize meritorious research by younger biochemists in the field of biochemistry related to medicine, and the nomination is normally limited to those under the age of 45 years. The work of the nominee must normally have been carried out in the UK or Irish Republic during the seven years preceding the date of nomination. Nominations are invited and are assessed by the Awards Committee of the Executive Committee of the Society. The recipient of the award is expected to give a lecture at a meeting of the Society and the lecture is published in Biochemical Society Transactions.

Last recipient: Professor M Humphries, 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 Andrew Sharrocks, 2001


Please send all nominations to: The Meetings Office, The Biochemical Society, 59 Portland Place, London W1B 1QW
The Biochemical Society,
59 Portland Place,
London W1B 1QW;
Tel: 020 7580 5530; Fax: 020 7637 3626;
E-mail: genadmin@biochemistry.org