The Colworth Medal is a prestigious annual award for outstanding research by a young biochemist of any nationality who has carried out the majority of their work in the UK or RoI. Donated in 1963 by Unilever Research Colworth Laboratory, the award is made to a scientist who is 35 years of age or under, at the time of the awards nomination deadline (31 January).
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 receives an honorarium of £3000, delivers a lecture at a conference of the Society and at at Unilever Research Laboratories. The awardee is invited to submit an article to a Society-owned journal.
Helen Walden (University of Dundee, UK) winner of the 2015 Colworth Medal, pictured receiving the medal from Professor Sir David Baulcombe, President of the Biochemical Society, at the Signalling 2015: Cellular Functions of Phosphoinositides and Inositol Phosphates conference, 1—4 September 2015, Robinson College, Cambridge, UK.
The 2016 Colworth Medal will be awarded to David Grainger (University of Birmingham) at the 80th Harden Conference: Machines on Genes IV on 31 July—4 August 2016 at Shrigley Hall Hotel, Macclesfield, UK.