BBS Young Investigator Award

The BBS Young Investigator Award was introduced in 2002 to celebrate an outstanding contribution in any area of biophysics made by a young researcher in the UK and Ireland.

Frequency of award: The Prize will be awarded every two years at the BBS biennial meeting or another BBS meeting.

Condition of award: The recipient must present a keynote lecture, preferably at the next BBS biennial meeting, but possibly at another BBS meeting within a year of the award.

Value of the Prize: The recipient will receive £1000 and a medal to commemorate the event. In addition, reasonable travel costs, accommodation and registration to attend the BBS biennial meeting at which the Prize is awarded, will be paid.

Criteria and eligibility: The Prize will be awarded for substantial contributions to Biophysics or Biophysical Methods by an individual whose recent work has been carried out in the UK or Ireland. Neglecting any career breaks, the recipient must have completed their PhD within 10 years of 1st January of the year in which the medal is to be awarded. Nominees who are eligible for the BBS Young Investigator Award, are ineligible for the Sosei Heptares Prize award in the same year. Other than this, there are no restrictions on eligibility.

Award process: Nominations should be sent, in response to a call, to the Secretary of the BBS (bbs@britishbiophysics.org.uk) – the CV of the nominee (8 sides of A4, maximum) and letter of recommendation from the nominator are required. The Prize recipient will be selected by a panel drawn from the BBS Committee by its serving Chair.

2018 BBS Young Investigator

2018 BBS Young Investigator

 Lorna Dougan will be presented with the 2018 BBS young investigator award during the BBS Biennial meeting at Southampton for her research on the physics of living systems, including single molecule manipulation, life in extreme environments and the physics of cryopreservation.

2016 BBS Young Investigator

2016 BBS Young Investigator

Adam Perrimanwas presented with the 2016 BBS young investigator award during the BBS Biennial meeting at Liverpool for his work on the construction and study of novel hybrid biomolecular systems.
2014 BBS Young Investigator

2014 BBS Young Investigator

Tuomas Knowles, from Cambridge University is the 2014 BBS medal winner. He was presented with the medal during the BBS Biennial meeting at Warwick this year for his work on the kinetics and thermodynamics of biopolymers.
2012 BBS Young Investigator

2012 BBS Young Investigator

Marina Kuimova, from Imperial College, London, was awarded the 2012 BBS Young Investigator's Medal and Prize at the Durham BBS Meeting in July 2012, which attracted almost 200 participants. Professor Judith Howard, FRS, CBE, and Honorary Member of BBS, presented the medal and award certificate after the Plenary Lecture from Marina.
2010 BBS Young Investigator

2010 BBS Young Investigator

Mark Leake from Oxford receives the 2010 BBS Young Investigators Award from the BBS Chair, Tony Watts. Mark presented a lecture at the 50th Anniversary meeting in Cambridge entitled “Illuminating the biochemistry of living cells one molecule at a time”. (Photo courtesy of Mike Ferenczi)
2008 BBS Young Investigator

2008 BBS Young Investigator

Robert Gilbert received his 2008 BBS Medal at the Bio-nanotechnologies Meeting at Durham University which took place on 26th and 27th March. He presented a lecture entitled “Taking it apart and putting it back together: biophysics and the bionanotechnology of life.”
2006 BBS Young Investigator

2006 BBS Young Investigator

Dr Lars Jeuken (University of Leeds) presented his 2006 award lecture entitled ‘Electrodes for redox-active membrane proteins’ at the 6th European Biophysics Congress of the European Biophysical Societies Association (EBSA) held at Imperial College London in association with the British Biophysical Society.
2004 BBS Young Investigator

2004 BBS Young Investigator

Dr Mark Szczelkun from the University of Bristol receives his 2004 BBS Medal from David Trentham at the Response to DNA Damage: Insights from Chemical, Biological, Structural Biology and Cellular Studies meeting at the University of Sussex which took place between 19-21 September. He presented a lecture entitled “A molecular motor that introduces double strand breaks into DNA”. What are Mark’s thoughts about receiving the BBS Medal? “It’s nice to know your peers think you are doing the right thing!
2002 BBS Young Investigator

2002 BBS Young Investigator

Dr Julea Butt, from the University of East Anglia received her 2002 BBS Medal during the Biophysical Complexity meeting in Southampton. Her Award lecture was given after the ceremony and was titled ‘Resolving Natures Electric Circuitry in the Time and Electrochemical Potential Domains'