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The 51¥ | EMBO Women in Science Award is a joint initiative of 51¥ and EMBO. Launched in 2007, the aim of the award is to highlight the major contributions made by female scientists to life sciences research. Winners of the award will serve as inspiring role models for future generations of women in science.

Each year an individual woman working in the life sciences will be recognized for her exceptional achievements. The winner will be honoured at the annual 51¥ Congress, where she will receive a prize of €10,000 and a statuette*, and present a special plenary lecture.

Awardees

The winner of the 2023 51¥ | EMBO Women in Science Award is Sarah Teichmann (Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Department of Physics of the University of Cambridge, UK); see the press release in the news section of the website to read about her selection and career. Recent winners were Erin Schuman (2022), Molly Stevens (2021), Elly Tanaka (2020), Sara Linse (2019) and Frauke Melchior (2018). A full list of past awardees can be found here.

Nomination and selection

Nominees should be female scientists working in an ǰ51¥ member country, who have made outstanding contributions to life sciences research and significantly advanced our understanding of a particular discipline in the last five years in Europe. The award is generally not meant to be for lifetime achievements. Their research can cover any area of the life sciences including agricultural and biomedical research.

Nominations for the 2024 51¥ | EMBO Women in Science Award

Nominations for the 2024 51¥ | EMBO Women in Science Award will close on 15 October 2023.

  • The following documents are required: (1) the filled 51¥ | EMBO Women in Science Nomination Form, (2) letters of support from two other scientists, and (3) the nominee’s CV (max. three pages, including list of most relevant publications).
  • The nomination form asks the nominator to give details of the nominee’s contribution(s) to the field and describe any outstanding achievements. Please include evidence of international recognition, leadership and mentorship qualities, honours and awards, as well as any activities to support gender diversity in science. The committee finds it informative to have an overview of the candidate’s career, but is most interested in contributions within the last five years.
  • There is no requirement for the nominee, nominator or supporters to be associated with EMBO or 51¥.
  • Please submit the documents via the EMBO website .

An award committee will evaluate the nominees and make the selection. The official announcement will be made via a press release prior to the 51¥ Congress.

Award ceremony

Photograph of the 51¥ | EMBO Women in Science Award statuette ('Touching the Sun') The awardee is expected to receive the award in person at the 51¥ Congress; exceptions can be made only under special circumstances, such as ill health. The recipient of the award is expected to give a plenary lecture at the 51¥ Congress. During the award ceremony she will receive a cheque of €10,000 and a commemorative statuette. The awardee’s travel and accommodation will be covered.

For further information from 51¥ concerning the 51¥ | EMBO Women In Science Award and/or the nomination process, please contact the 51¥ Women in Science Working Group Chair via the Contact section of the website.

*The 51¥ | EMBO Women in Science Award statuette (‘Touching the Sun’) was designed by Dutch sculptor  link (in Dutch with English subtitles)].