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Nominations - 2020 Awards


Award Nominations - 2020



Do you know of an outstanding bioscientist who deserves recognition?


In 2020 the Biochemical Society will recognize established researchers as well as scientists in the early stages of their career. The Society would like to encourage nominations that reflect the diversity of the bioscience community.

Nominations for the 2020 Awards open in August 2018

Deadline for award nominations: 31 January 2019

Making an award nomination


The Society requests that the following information is submitted via email. :



  • a letter nominating the candidate which summarizes his/her achievements and clearly describes the context in which these meet the particular award criteria. Nomination letters should not be longer than two sides of A4. Please note that self-nomination is not permitted.        
  •  two supporting letters from eminent colleagues confirming suitability for the award. Supporting letters should not be longer than two sides of A4.

  • a brief CV (2 sides of A4) and list of the nominee's top twenty recent publications, except for:
  • The Teaching Excellence Award where a CV (2 sides of A4) is required, that emphasizes the nominee’s contribution to the learning and teaching of biochemistry that extends substantially beyond the duties and responsibilities of an academic teacher. Additionally, a list (1 side of A4) of up to 20 outputs evidencing the nominee’s impact should be provided.  Outputs can include but are not limited to: other relevant awards, prizes, pedagogic publications, conference presentations, workshops, blogs, YouTube videos, TED talks, web sites etc 
  • The Colworth Medal and Early Career Research Awards, where the candidate's full CV and a list of all publications to date are required.  In addition, nominations for the Early Career Research Awards should include a brief research document to highlight the nominee's research career to date.


  • Details of any career break taken (for the Colworth Medal, the GlaxoSmithKline Award, the International Award, the Industry and Academic Collaboration Award and the Early Career Research Awards).  Please include the reason for a career break (a career break is considered as any period of time where the nominee is out of work, for reasons including, but not limited to, redundancy, maternity/paternity or adoption leave, extended leave to perform a carer role, and/or as a consequence of relocation). The length of the career break is required. As a guide, the length of career break for maternity or paternity leave should not exceed one year per child. 

At the discretion of the Awards Committee, nominations are valid for two further rounds beyond the year nominated, where the career stage criteria of awards permit.


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The following awards will be awarded in 2020:


Centenary Award
Colworth Medal
Early Career Research Awards
GlaxoSmithKline Award
Heatley Medal and Prize
Industry and Academic Collaboration Award 
International Award 
Keilin Memorial Lecture
Morton Lecture
Teaching Excellence Award 
Thudichum Medal Lecture