ESGCT Awards

The European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy seeks to honour impacting, significant and lasting contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy. We have devised an award structure which we hope will acknowledge achievements at student level all the way to eminence in longer-standing careers.

We feel passionately that the dissemination of education is vital to the continued growth of the field, including areas such as mentoring, public education, science communication, and presentation of content. We are therefore adding awards to our existing panel which are designed to appreciate and further work in these fields.

Listen to some of our past award winners:

Longer interviews with some winners are available here:

 

Or read about all winners here: 2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016

 

Please click on the relevant links below to be taken to the information on this page. Please note that current Board Members, including Student Board Members, are excluded from all awards, except travel grants.

 

ESGCT Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA)

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates must be Members of the ESGCT
  2. Candidates must be nominated by two (or more) ESGCT Members
  3. Candidates must have conducted original research in basic science, technology development and/or clinical translation in the field of Gene and Cell therapy
  4. Awardees must be available to give a presentation of their work at the ESGCT Annual Congress
     

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €2000, and complimentary registration to the next annual congress

 

ESGCT Young Investigator Award (YIA)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be members of the ESGCT
  • All young investigators from PhD through to 9 years post doc are eligible
  • Extension of this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks: Maternity or paternity leave (1 year per child born after the PhD award), leave taken for long-term illness, national service, leave taken for unavoidable statutory reasons (e.g. clinical qualification). The cumulative eligibility period should anyhow not surpass 12 years following the award of the first PhD
  • For medical doctors, date of the clinical speciality completion is the time reference for calculation of the eligibility time-window. For MD, PhD, date of the PhD award takes precedence in the calculation of the eligibility time-window

Nomination and selection process

First application to the awards is on the abstract submission form where you need to tick a box stating you would like to be considered for an award, following that nominations for the ESGCT Awards must be submitted by two or more Members of the Society in writing to the ESGCT board no later than 31 July. Nomination letters should provide an overview of the candidate’s contributions to the field of gene therapy.

Nominations materials include:
  • Two or more nomination letters from Members of ESGCT (500 words or less)
  • Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography of nominee
  • PDF’s of the applicants two best papers
     

All nominations will be reviewed by the ESCGT Awards Selection Committee.

 

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €1000 (1 x €1000, and complimentary registration to the next annual congress)
 

ESGCT Travel Grants

  • Applicants must be members of the ESGCT
  • Applicants must be PhD students or first post docs and will be selected based on highest abstract score at the Annual ESGCT Congress
  • You will be able to select, during your abstract submission process, that you wish to be considered for a Travel Grant
  • Notification of having won an award will be sent approx 4 weeks prior to the congress



TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €3000 (10 x €300, and complimentary ticket to the annual Molecular Mingle)
 

ESGCT National Society Young Investigator (2nd Year PostDoc)

The ESGCT offers to sponsor an award for a YI as selected and awarded in a national society annual meeting.
 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. as per the national society meeting guidelines
  2. this award is given out at the relevant national meeting

 

ESGCT SciComm Award

Science Communication is an essential part of moving the field of gene and cell therapy forward with the support of the public, politicians, and the media. Increasingly individuals like you are playing a role by sharing your experiences, expertise, and opinions online through blogs, vlogs, writing for traditional media etc. ESGCT wants to help promote excellent work.


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be members of the ESGCT
  2. Applicants must have made at least one SciComm contribution to the ESGCT
  3. Applicants must be able to demonstrate impact outside of the scientific community

Nomination and selection process

  • Submit a nomination letter (you can self-nominate) and a letter of support (500 words or less) from someone who has been impacted by your SciComm contribution for example a colleague, patient, or member of the public
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement outlining why you choose to do SciComm
  • PDF’s of at least one of your most notable contributions

 

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €500 cash award, and complimentary registration to annual congress (award winner will have to organise and pay for own travel and accommodation)

 

Public Engagement Award

Finding ways to share your research and to get people from outside the scientific commnunity involved is an increasingly important, and ins some cases necessary, part of the research process. We are seeking examples of hands-on science, informal science activities, citizen advice projects and events that have engaged the public in gene and/or cell therapy research.


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be members of the ESGCT
  2. Applicants must have participated in at least one public engagement activity (giving a public talk or lecture alone will not suffice)
     

Nomination and selection process

  • Submit a nomination letter (you can self-nominate) and a letter of support (500 words or less) from someone who has been impacted by your public engagement contribution for example a colleague, patient, or member of the public
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement outlining why you do public engagement and any plans you have to do more in the future
  • Examples of your public engagement work including photographs / videos where possible

 

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €500 cash award, and complimentary registration to annual congress (award winner will have to organise and pay for own travel and accommodation)

 

Mentor

A mentor is often the most overlooked, yet most valuable person in ensuring a PhD student's progression and survival! This is the chance for individuals who have benefited from effective mentoring to give back!


Eligibility Criteria

  1. you and/or the mentor you are nominating must be a member of the ESGCT
  2. you must have known the mentor for at least 6 months
     

Nomination and selection process

  • a nomination letter (1000 words or less) outlining the place, context, and mentoring approach of the individual and the positive impact this has had on the one being mentored
  • Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography of nominee

 

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €500 cash award, and complimentary registration to annual congress (award winner will have to organise and pay for own travel and accommodation)

 

Vox Populi: Best Poster

Delegates get to cast their votes! At the annual congress, individuals will be able to cast their vote for what in their opinion is the best poster of the congress.

  1. voting mechanism will be set for and communicated at each congress

 

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €100 cash award

 

 

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