The Post-doctoral Keynote Award

The Post-doctoral Keynote Award is new for 2021. It may be made annually to the lead-author of an outstanding abstract submission to the VMSG meeting, who is post-PhD level and whom does not have a permanent academic position.

The award will take the form of an invited keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the VMSG.

Applications for the award are made at the time of submitting an abstract for the VMSG meeting, by completing the self-nomination application form (for details on where to send the application form please see the conference webpage). We particularly encourage applications from historically under-represented groups.

The VMSG committee will consider the applications alongside the local organising committee of the meeting. The joint committee will make a decision and inform the winner. In any particular year, the joint committee may decide not to make an award.

The review process will take into consideration the following points:
• Significance and novelty of the research;
• Contribution to the generation of knowledge;
• Contribution to the development of individuals, the wider research community and broader society.

More guidance on the specifics of the review process can be found on the Royal Society Resume website.