Open to pre- and postdocs who left EMBL between 2008-13.
Nominations deadline: Friday 28 August 2015.
Application deadline: Sunday 18 October 2015.
Award Ceremony: Friday 22nd July 2016, EMBL ATC Klaus Tschira Auditorium, Heidelberg.
How to apply
Applicants should complete and submit an application form together with:
- A summary of their scientific research accomplishments since leaving EMBL (no more than 300 words)
- A summary of their efforts since leaving EMBL in the area of science communication, technology development, general community or extracurricular activities (no more than 300 words)
- A CV.
Criteria for applicants
To qualify, candidates should:
- be former EMBL postdoctoral fellows or members of the EMBL International PhD Programme (EIPP),
- be registered members of the EMBL Alumni Association (EAA), and
- have left EMBL 2-7 years before the application deadline (the 2016 award is open to pre- and postdocs who left EMBL between 2008-2013) .
If your application is unsuccessful in a given year, it can be resubmitted in subsequent years. We also welcome nominations for the award. Nominees will then be contacted by the EMBL Alumni Relations Office and requested to complete the application process.
List of all winners
2015 winner: Melina Schuh
EMBL predoc, Ellenberg Group, Genome Bioloy, 2004-2008.
2015: Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
"I feel very honoured to be awarded the 2015 John Kendrew Award. John Kendrew has been a constant companion for me - first, during my PhD studies in Jan Ellenberg's group at EMBL and now as a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, where John Kendrew has pioneered protein crystallography. It is a particular honour to receive an award that is named after him."
2014 winner: Martin Jinek
EMBL predoc, Conti Group, Structural and Computational Biology, 2002-2007.
2014: Assistant Professor, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
"I am very honoured to be receiving this award, not least because of my structural biology background. I am thankful for the recognition at this early stage in my independent career. The award really highlights why basic research matters - even seemingly obscure discoveries, such as our work on the molecular mechanism of the bacterial CRISPR systems, can have a major impact not only on other scientists' research but also lead to new applications in biotechnology and biomedicine."
2013 winner: Katharina Ribbeck
EMBL joint postdoc, Ellenberg and Mattaj Groups, Genome Biology and Directors' Research, 2002-2006.
2013: Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.
"I am thrilled to receive this prestigious award! Thank you very much for the recognition. The tradition of this award is testament to the tight bond between EMBL and its worldwide alumni community. This award will give an understudied field of science a big boost as it continues to unfold."
2012 co-winner: Simone Weyand
EMBL predoc, Weiss Team, EMBL Hamburg, 2003-2007
2012: Research Associate, Imperial College London and Diamond Light Source, Oxford, United Kingdom.
"It's a great honour to be selected for this award in particular because John Kendrew was one of the pioneers in crystallography."
2012 co-winner: Gáspár Jékely
EMBL postdoc, Rorth and Arendt Groups, Developmental Biology, 2000-2007
2012: Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Developmental biology, Tübingen, Germany
"I am very delighted and honoured to have been selected for the Kendrew award. .... Although I don't known Simone Weyand, it is a pleasure to be co-awarded with a structural biologist, a field also close to my heart".
2011 winner: Amaicha Depino
EMBL postdoc, Gross Group, EMBL Monterotondo, 2004-2006
2011: Group Leader, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
“This recognition is a great encouragement for me to continue fostering the development of more science communication projects with more scientists. It would be nice to see the whole science community take the communication of science as their responsibility, shared with teachers and journalists. It has also inspired me to foster international collaborations in science communication between Argentina and Europe.”
2010 winner: Preben Morth
EMBL predoc, Tucker Group, EMBL Hamburg, 2001-2005
2010: Assistant Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark
“I am incredibly proud to have received this award. John Kendrew was one of the founding fathers of protein crystallography, and to have received an award that carries his name will always stand out as an absolute highlight of my career.”
2009 winner: Julius Brennecke
EMBL predoc, Cohen Group, Developmental Biology, 2001-2006
2009: Postdoc, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, NY, USA
"Fostering interactions between the scientific community and alumni is extremely valuable. While this is very established in the US, similar attempts in Europe are rare. The interaction I had at EMBL on the day of the award ceremony was fantastic and I will clearly benefit from reestablishing old bonds with scientists there. I very much hope that this prize will become a tradition at EMBL."
2008 co-winner: Giovanni Frazzetto
EMBL predoc, Bouwmeester and Cohen Groups, Developmental Biology, 1998-2002
2008: Society in Science-Branco Weiss Research Fellow, BIOS (London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom
"The John Kendrew award shows that unusual and rare research interests and approaches at the intersection between science and society are appreciated and valued. Since winning the award, I’m regularly invited to give lectures at courses and conferences, asked to present my research and to teach innovative, transdisciplinary courses. Also, the number of papers and grant proposals that I am requested to review has increased."
2008 co-winner: Antonio Giraldez
EMBL predoc, Cohen Group, Developmental Biology, 1998-2003
2008: Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
"The Kendrew award has all the ingredients to grow into a recognised award worldwide that will inspire young scientists in Europe to excel. Its early recognition of our achievements plays a fundamental role in feeding the motivation of young investigators to move forward to great discoveries."
About the Award
The John Kendrew Young Scientist Award (JKA) was launched in 2007 as an initiative from the EMBL Pensioner's Association to honour EMBL's first Director General, Sir John Kendrew (1975-1982), and to support scientists in the early stages of their career. It is sponsored by Roland Specker since 2011.
The Award recognises excellence in science and / or science communication. It is open to all pre- and postdocs 2-7 years AFTER leaving EMBL. The award consists of a gold medal, a cash prize of €5,000 (this was increased from €1,000 to €2,000 in 2013, and to €5,000 in 2014), the logistical costs of bringing the winner to EMBL Heidelberg to present a talk at the Award Ceremony on EMBL Lab Day, and meetings with EMBL scientists of the winner's choice.