RMS Early Career Award

The annual Early Career Award recognises the achievements of an outstanding early career scientist in their contribution to the imaging community. This contribution may be through an impressive application of imaging to research, development of imaging or image analysis tools, an inspiring public engagement initiative, or a demonstration of exceptional support to other imaging scientists.

The award-winner will receive a free registration for MMC2021 and an invitation to present a 30-minute Keynote talk at the MMC2021 Early Career satellite event on Monday 5th July 2021 where they will receive their award.

If you have any questions regarding this award, please contact [email protected]


Any person undertaking work in the field of microscopy/flow cytometry and belonging to one of the following categories is eligible for this award*: 

  • Current undergraduate/postgraduate/Masters/PhD students; or
  • Within 8 years of starting work or studies in a microscopy-related field (excluding career gaps) 

Applicants must be RMS members based within the UK/EU. 

*entries from applicants outside the above criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Early Career Committee. 

Application process 

Applicants will be asked to provide the following in application of the award: 

  • A statement outlining the merits of the applicant and their suitability for the award (300 words max.) 
  • A short letter of support from a senior member of the imaging community (such as a supervisor, line-manager or mentor)
  • A twitter-friendly 140 second max. video introducing their research/contribution as an early-career imaging scientist

Please send all applications to Amanda Jarman.

Judging criteria 

  • Impact of the research/contribution 
    How many people does this contribution impact; will it have ongoing impact; what is the form of impact (inspiring, empowering, enabling, life-changing)?  
  • Complexity of the research/contribution 
    The level of difficulty of the research/barriers to the contribution within the context of career stage. 
  • Novelty of the research/contribution 
    The uniqueness of the research/contribution, extent to which it builds on existing practises/research, the originality of thinking.
  • Presentation skill 
    Clarity, content, engagement and creative use of the time and visuals. 

Application Deadline: Extended to the 8th December 2020

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