Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society Awards

ABACBS has established a set of annual awards for bioinformaticians and computational biologists that span all career stages, as well as recognising professional bioinformaticians and contributions to open science. 

The first awards were made in 2017 to senior members. In 2018, we are introducing four new awards, for early and mid-career researchers, and professional bioinformaticians, as well as an open source & open science award. A PhD thesis award will be introduced in 2019.

The nominee must be current financial members of ABACBS at the application deadline.

Awards

Professional Bioinformatician Award

This award recognises outstanding contribution(s) by Professional Bioinformaticians (non-academic) in the field of bioinformatics and/or computational biology. Bioinformaticians working in industry, in support facilities, in research technician roles in laboratories, including pathology and research labs, or other non-academic roles are eligible to apply. Candidates for the award may self-nominate or be nominated by others. Applications consist of a description of the contribution(s) (up to 1 page) to the clinical or research communities or industry, a letter of support from the candidate's supervisor, department head, or mentor, and lay summary (<100 words). A list of any software, clinical trials, policies, publications, training etc that have been contributed to may also be provided, but is optional.

To nominate, please complete the online form no later than 11:59pm AEST July 1st 2018. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee led by the ABACBS Senior Honorary Fellows. Any successful nominee(s) will be notified in August 2018 and will be expected to attend the ABACBS-2018 annual meeting in Melbourne to receive the award.

Professional Bioinformatician Awards

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Outstanding Contribution by an Early CarEer Researcher Award

This award recognises a specific outstanding contribution by early-career researchers in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. Specific contributions constitute a single advance in bioinformatic theory or methods and any associated biological discoveries that may exist, typically as described in a single manuscript. Research and academic staff at academic levels A or B or equivalent are eligible to apply. Candidates for the award may self-nominate or be nominated by others. Applications consist of a description up to 500 words of the specific contribution(s) to the field, the list of papers authored by the candidate and published or in preprint that are related to the contribution, a letter of support from the candidate's supervisor, department head, or mentor and a 100 word lay summary. Both the nominee and the nominator must be current financial members of ABACBS as of at the application deadline.

To nominate, please complete the online form no later than 11:59pm AEST July 1st 2018. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee led by the ABACBS Senior Honorary Fellows. Any successful nominee(s) will be notified in August 2018 and will be expected to attend the ABACBS-2018 annual meeting in Melbourne to receive the award.

Outstanding Contribution by an Early CarEer Researcher Awards

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Mid-career research award

This award recognises outstanding contributions by mid-career researchers or others in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology based on leadership, research, and/or contributions to the field. Research and academic staff at academic levels C or D or equivalent are eligible to apply. Candidates for the award may self-nominate or be nominated by others. Applications consist of a CV, an up to 500 word description of the candidate's contributions to the field, a list of the top 5 publications, preprints, or software applications (if unpublished), and a 100 word lay summary. 

To nominate, please complete the online form no later than 11:59pm AEST July 1st 2018. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee led by the ABACBS Senior Honorary Fellows. Any successful nominee(s) will be notified in August 2018 and will be expected to attend the ABACBS-2018 annual meeting in Melbourne to receive the award.

Mid-career Research Awards

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Honorary Senior Fellow

This award recognises sustained outstanding contributions to the field of bioinformatics or computational biology based on:

  • research or service,

  • leadership, and

  • contributions to the bioinformatics community.

This award would be made to research or other staff at academic Level E or equivalent. The ABACBS Executive may nominate one or more deserving individuals for this award each year. The total number of awards each year is intended to be small.

Honorary Senior Fellows

2017 Professor Terry Speed

2017 Professor Susan R Wilson

 

OPen Source & OPen SCience Award

This award recognises outstanding leadership and contributions to the practice of open science, primarily through the development of open source software and open data repositories. In addition to its initial development, the sustained maintenance of open source software and data, the contribution to communities associated with open source, and outputs such as open access publications and the development of highly reproducible research methods will be considered for this award. Individuals or teams may nominate. Applications consist of text up to 500 words describing the nature, scale, and impact of the candidate's or team's open source and data contributions, their uptake by the research community, and/or the extent to which a collaborative developer community has been formed. Candidates can be at any career stage, and may self-nominate or be nominated by others. Both the nominee and the nominator must be a current financial member of ABACBS at the application deadline.

To nominate, please complete the online form no later than 11:59pm AEST July 1st 2018. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee led by the ABACBS Senior Honorary Fellows. Any successful nominee(s) will be notified in August 2018 and will be expected to attend the ABACBS-2018 annual meeting in Melbourne to receive the award.

Open Source & Open Science Awards

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Awards Policy & Guidelines

Awards Policy