The International Award is presented annually and recognizes distinguished and independent interdisciplinary research that illustrates the importance of the molecular biosciences in the advancement of life sciences research.  The research should have been conducted outside of the UK and Ireland by a scientist of any nationality.  The recipient will be expected to act as an ambassador for the Biochemical Society’s international activities. The award aims to recognise the achievements of early to mid-career scientists who are within 20 years of PhD completion. The award recipient will be invited to deliver their lecture at a Society event, submit an article to a Society-owned publication and will receive £2,000 prize money.

Nominees that have completed their PhD more than 20 years ago but who have had a career break e.g. through family commitments, illness or other good reasons, will be considered by the Awards Committee. For full details on this and how to submit a nomination please click here

The 2020 Award recipient is Associate Professor Wai-Hong Tham of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia.

The inaugural International Award was awarded in 2018 to Job Dekker  from the Howard Hughes Medial Institute and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (pictured with Pete Downes the President of the Society). Job delivered his lecture at the 24th IUBMB and 15th FAOBMB Congress in Seoul, Korea in June 2018.

Past recipients

  • 2018 Job Dekker