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Awards

Each year the Biochemical Society makes a series of prestigious awards that recognize excellence and achievement in both specific and general fields of science. All our award prize and medal lectureships carry prize money and all award winners will be invited to submit an article to a Society-owned publication. 

Seven awards are presented annually and the rest either biennially or triennially. Nominations that reflect the diversity of the bioscience community are encouraged and can be submitted by and for both members and non-members.

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THE COLWORTH MEDAL

The Colworth Medal is a prestigious annual award for outstanding research by a biochemist of any nationality who has carried out the majority of their work in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Criteria

This award is made to a scientist who is within 10 years of PhD completion, at the time of the awards nomination deadline (31 January). Those that have completed their PhD more than 10 years ago and who have had a career break will be considered by the Awards Committee.
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EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE AWARD

The Excellence in Science Award (sponsored by Portland Press), is presented annually in recognition of contributions to the development of any branch of the molecular biosciences.

Criteria

Formally known as the Novartis Medal and Prize, this award is for work carried out in the UK or Republic of Ireland and is open to candidates of any nationality.

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INDUSTRY & ACADEMIC COLLABORATION AWARD

This award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual who has made an inspirational contribution to the biosciences and to industry-academia interactions.

Criteria

This award recognizes the achievements of an early to mid-career scientist who is within 20 years of PhD completion. Nominees that have completed their PhD more than 20 years ago but who have had a career break will be considered by the Awards Committee.
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THE SIR PHILIP RANDLE LECTURE

The Sir Philip Randle Lectureship is awarded biennially and recognizes contribution to the understanding of mammalian metabolism.

Criteria

The awardee is selected on the basis of their contribution to the understanding of mammalian metabolism.

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THE THUDICHUM MEDAL

The Thudichum Medal honours eminent scientists who have made outstanding contributions to neuroscience and related subjects.

Criteria

This medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to neuroscience and related subjects.

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THE CENTENARY AWARD

The Centenary Award is awarded annually to a biochemist of distinction by virtue of the impact of their research, along with commitment to build, support, and nurture talent within the scientific community.

Criteria

The Centenary Award is awarded to a biochemist of distinction from any part of the world.

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EARLY CAREER RESEARCH AWARDS

The Early Career Research Awards recognize the impact of research carried out in the molecular biosciences by early career scientists i.e. those who have no more than six years postdoctoral research experience.

Criteria

Nominees should have produced international quality research outputs, and demonstrate ambitions and aspirations consistent with the potential to achieve world-leading status. A significant proportion of their outputs should arise from work performed in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
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TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Teaching Excellence Award is given annually to an employee in Higher Education. The award recognizes individual excellence, commitment to continuing professional development, and a commitment to students and colleagues.

Criteria

Nominees must show evidence of:
- Individual excellence – developing innovative approaches to teaching and assessment in biochemistry
- Commitment to continuing professional development
- Commitment to students and colleagues – shows awareness of the different needs of students and demonstrates success in widening participation
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THE ASTRAZENECA AWARD

The AstraZeneca Award is awarded triennially and recognizes outstanding work leading to the development of a new reagent or method.

Criteria

This Award recognizes work which, through biomedical advances, leads to development of a new reagent or method.

The research should have been carried out in a UK or Republic of Ireland laboratory.
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THE KEILIN MEMORIAL LECTURE

First awarded in 1964 to commemorate the late David Keilin, the lectureship is awarded every 2 years to recognize work in bioenergetics, electron transfer and mitochondrial biology.

Criteria

The lecturer and subject of the lecture are selected, by the Awards Committee, from a field related to the interests of Keilin in bioenergetics, electron transfer and mitochondrial biology.

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THE GLAXOSMITHKLINE AWARD

The GlaxoSmithKline Award is given every 2 years in recognition of research leading to new advances in medical science and is made in respect of research carried out in the UK or the Republic of Ireland during the 7 years preceding the date of nomination.

Criteria

This award is specifically intended to recognize research by mid-career biochemists who are within 20 years of PhD completion in the field of biochemistry related to medicine, at the time of the awards nomination deadline (31 January). Research must be carried out in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
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THE MORTON LECTURE

First awarded in 1978 to commemorate the late R.A. Morton, The Morton Lectureship is awarded every 2 years and recognizes outstanding contributions to lipid biochemistry.

Criteria

Nominees must demonstrate that they have made an outstanding contribution to lipid biochemistry.

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