Derek Davies to receive RMS President’s Award

Founder of flowcytometryUK and two-time RMS Flow Cytometry Section Chair receives prestigious accolade for ‘Services to the Society’

The RMS is very pleased to announce Derek Davies as the recipient of the RMS President’s Award for services to the Society.

Derek, who is based at the Francis Crick Institute, has worked in Cytometry for more than 35 years and has been instrumental in promoting Cytometry on a local, national and international level.

He was one of the founding members of the London Cytometry Club and the founder of flowcytometryUK.  Through the latter, Derek has clocked up 15 years of organising highly successful national conferences, and he also runs the active flowcytometryUK mailing list. He is a former RMS Council Member and recently completed his second term as Chair of the Society’s Cytometry Section.  

For more than 10 years, Derek has worked closely with Peter O’Toole and Stephen Couzens to run the RMS Flow Cytometry practical courses, held annually at the University of York for both UK and international attendees. He is well known for the help and advice he gives to delegates, and for his willingness to offer ongoing assistance remotely, after they have returned to the lab. He also finds time to offer informal coaching to junior members of the RMS to help with their communication and presentation skills.

On an International Level, Derek has been very involved with ISAC (RMS is an ISAC Associated society) over the years, including sitting on Council.   He is also an Associate Editor for Cytometry Part A, and has helped with the establishment of SRL (Shared Resource Laboratory)  publications within the journal.

Derek's own SRL lab at the Francis Crick Institute has an excellent reputation. It is no coincidence that at least eight of his staff have gone on to become highly successful core managers elsewhere within Europe and the USA (plus one in Australia), taking with them Derek's guidance, expertise and knowledge. Recently he has changed roles within the Francis Crick Institute to become its National Science Technology Platform Training leader

RMS President Grace Burke said: “It is my great pleasure to announce Derek Davies as this year’s winner of the RMS President’s Award. Derek has been a key lynchpin at the RMS for many years and has shown remarkable dedication to the promotion of Cytometry at all levels. His passion for his subject and willingness to devote his time and expertise for the benefit of others, are precisely the qualities for which the President’s Award was established to honour. My warmest congratulations go to Derek.”

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