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 have introduced 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

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 Shoba Ranganathan & Professor Mark Ragan

2017 - Professor Susan R Wilson & Professor Terry Speed

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the candidate's contributions to the field, a list of the top 5 publications, preprints, or software applications (if unpublished), and a 100 word lay summary.

Please see below on HOW TO NOMINATE.

Mid-career Research Awards

2018 - David Lynn

Outstanding Contribution by an Early CarEer Researcher Award

This award recognises an outstanding early career researcher in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. Research and academic staff at academic levels A or B or equivalent are eligible to apply. The application should address the following criteria:

  • Contribution to your field - List your top publications (3 max.) including a short, (~200 word) lay description of their significance.

  • Resource development - List any software (or other practical resource) that you have developed and maintained, or have contributed significant features to. Include a short (1-2 sentence) lay description of what it does.

  • Conference participation - List your selected from abstract/paper conference presentations (highlight any speaker prizes). List any conference presentations for which you were invited.

  • Wider community contribution - List any examples of your contribution to the wider community e.g. teaching/workshops, speaking at (non-conference) events, other published work (e.g. book chapter), supervision/mentoring, etc.

Please see below on HOW TO NOMINATE.

Outstanding Contribution by an Early Career Researcher Awards

2018 - Belinda Phipson

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.

Please see below on HOW TO NOMINATE.

Outstanding PhD Thesis Awards

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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 can be submitted here and should 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.

Please see below on HOW TO NOMINATE.

Professional Bioinformatician Awards

2018 - Alexandra Garnham

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. Applications consist of text up to 500 words describing the nature, scale, and impact of the candidate’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.

Please see below on HOW TO NOMINATE.

Open Source & Open Science Awards

2018 - Torsten Seemann

How to nominate

Both the nominee and the nominator must be a current financial member of ABACBS at the application deadline. The nominee must have been a member (associate or financial) for at least 12 months. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by others.

To nominate, please send the aforementioned materials by email to awards@abacbs.org no later than 11:59pm AEST August 2nd 2019. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee led by the ABACBS Senior Honorary Fellows. Any successful nominee(s) will be notified in September 2019 and will be expected to attend the ABACBS-2019 annual meeting in Sydney to receive the award.

Awards Policy & Guidelines

Awards Policy