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, four new awards were introduced, for early and mid-career researchers, and professional bioinformaticians, as well as an open source & open science award. In 2019 we are introducing a PhD thesis award.

Award nominees must be current financial members of ABACBS at the application deadline, with the exception of PhD thesis awards for which special criteria apply.

Awards

inaugural outstanding PhD thesis awards

This award recognizes outstanding PhD theses awarded during the past two years. Up to 2 awards will be given each year. Candidates for the award may self-nominate or be nominated by their supervisor. Only theses with examiners reports received within the two years prior to the award application closing date will be considered. Candidates must have received examiners reports before applying for this award and have conducted their PhD at an Australian University. For full criteria, please read the PhD Thesis Award Criteria document.

To nominate, please complete the online form and upload all documents as a single .tar.gz file no later than 11:59pm AEST April 30th 2019. Nominations will be evaluated by a panel appointed by the ABACBS executive committee. Any successful nominee(s) will be notified in August 2019 and will be expected to attend the ABACBS-2019 annual meeting in Sydney to receive the award.

Outstanding PhD Thesis Awards

TBA

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.

Nominations for the 2019 round are expected to open around April 2019.

Professional Bioinformatician Awards

2018 - Alexandra Garnham

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.

Nominations for the 2019 round are expected to open around April 2019.

Outstanding Contribution by an Early CarEer Researcher Awards

2018 - Belinda Phipson

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. 

Nominations for the 2019 round are expected to open around April 2019.

Mid-career Research Awards

2018 - David Lynn

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.

Nominations for the 2019 round are expected to open around April 2019.

Open Source & Open Science Awards

2018 - Torsten Seemann

Honorary Senior FellowS

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

2018 - Professor Mark Ragan

2018 - Professor Shoba Ranganathan

2017 - Professor Terry Speed

2017 - Professor Susan R Wilson

 

Awards Policy & Guidelines

Awards Policy