BBS Awards

The BBS Kendrew Doctoral Thesis Prize was established in 2019 and will be awarded every two years for an outstanding PhD thesis in biophysics for which the principal work has been carried out in the UK or Ireland and which is awarded by an academic institution (or equivalent) in the UK or Ireland.

The BBS Young Investigator Award was introduced in 2002 to celebrate an outstanding contribution in any area of biophysics made by a young researcher in the UK and Ireland. The award is made every two years. In 2020 the award was renamed the The BBS Louise Johnson Early Career Award.

The BBS Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics was endowed in 2018 and will be awarded every two years for substantial contributions to Biophysics or Biophysical Methods by an individual whose principal work has been carried out in the UK or Ireland.

2020 Kendrew Doctoral Thesis Prize

2020 Kendrew Doctoral Thesis Prize

The 2020 BBS Kendrew Doctoral Thesis Prize is awarded to Daniel Hurdiss (Utrecht University) for his structural studies of non-enveloped viruses associated with human diseases.
2020 Louise Johnson Early Career Award

2020 Louise Johnson Early Career Award

The BBS Louise Johnson Early Career Award is awarded to Séamus Holden (University of Newcastle) for his work applying ground-breaking concepts in optical microscopy to study bacterial cell biophysics.
2020 Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics

2020 Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics

The BBS 2020 Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics is awarded to John Christodoulou (University College London, Birkbeck College London, and The Francis Crick Institute); for his original and influential contributions to the advancement of biomolecular NMR and the biophysical analysis of protein folding on the ribosome.
2018 Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics

2018 Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics

Professor Elspeth Garman, University of Oxford is the first recipient of the 2018 Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics from the BBS. Elspeth is being awarded the prize for her outstanding contributions to our understanding of radiation damage, which has contributed to the improvement of X-ray crystallography and structural biology. The Prize will be presented to Professor Garman after her Prize Lecture at the British Biophysical Society Biennial Meeting at University of Southampton (11-13 July, 2018)
2018 BBS Young Investigator

2018 BBS Young Investigator

Lorna Dougan will be presented with the 2018 BBS young investigator award during the BBS Biennial meeting at Southampton for her research on the physics of living systems, including single molecule manipulation, life in extreme environments and the physics of cryopreservation.

2016 BBS Young Investigator

2016 BBS Young Investigator

Adam Perrimanwas presented with the 2016 BBS young investigator award during the BBS Biennial meeting at Liverpool for his work on the construction and study of novel hybrid biomolecular systems.
2014 BBS Young Investigator

2014 BBS Young Investigator

Tuomas Knowles, from Cambridge University is the 2014 BBS medal winner. He was presented with the medal during the BBS Biennial meeting at Warwick this year for his work on the kinetics and thermodynamics of biopolymers.
2012 BBS Young Investigator

2012 BBS Young Investigator

Marina Kuimova, from Imperial College, London, was awarded the 2012 BBS Young Investigator's Medal and Prize at the Durham BBS Meeting in July 2012, which attracted almost 200 participants. Professor Judith Howard, FRS, CBE, and Honorary Member of BBS, presented the medal and award certificate after the Plenary Lecture from Marina.
2010 BBS Young Investigator

2010 BBS Young Investigator

Mark Leake from Oxford receives the 2010 BBS Young Investigators Award from the BBS Chair, Tony Watts. Mark presented a lecture at the 50th Anniversary meeting in Cambridge entitled “Illuminating the biochemistry of living cells one molecule at a time”. (Photo courtesy of Mike Ferenczi)
2008 BBS Young Investigator

2008 BBS Young Investigator

Robert Gilbert received his 2008 BBS Medal at the Bio-nanotechnologies Meeting at Durham University which took place on 26th and 27th March. He presented a lecture entitled “Taking it apart and putting it back together: biophysics and the bionanotechnology of life.”
2006 BBS Young Investigator

2006 BBS Young Investigator

Dr Lars Jeuken (University of Leeds) presented his 2006 award lecture entitled ‘Electrodes for redox-active membrane proteins’ at the 6th European Biophysics Congress of the European Biophysical Societies Association (EBSA) held at Imperial College London in association with the British Biophysical Society.
2004 BBS Young Investigator

2004 BBS Young Investigator

Dr Mark Szczelkun from the University of Bristol receives his 2004 BBS Medal from David Trentham at the Response to DNA Damage: Insights from Chemical, Biological, Structural Biology and Cellular Studies meeting at the University of Sussex which took place between 19-21 September. He presented a lecture entitled “A molecular motor that introduces double strand breaks into DNA”. What are Mark’s thoughts about receiving the BBS Medal? “It’s nice to know your peers think you are doing the right thing!
2002 BBS Young Investigator

2002 BBS Young Investigator

Dr Julea Butt, from the University of East Anglia received her 2002 BBS Medal during the Biophysical Complexity meeting in Southampton. Her Award lecture was given after the ceremony and was titled ‘Resolving Natures Electric Circuitry in the Time and Electrochemical Potential Domains'