Nominations Are Open For The Lab Heroes Awards™ 2021!
Calling all life scientists around the world! We’re delighted to announce that it’s once again time for our Lab Heroes Awards™! Last year we received nearly 500 nominations for 71 incredibly inspiring life scientists working in labs all over the world, and with entries from 28 countries, our annual awards have become a truly global event!
Now in their fifth year, these awards are your chance to celebrate anyone who makes a positive difference to your life in the lab, whether they are technicians, postdocs, supervisors, PI's, PhD students, research assistants or lab heads - all your lab colleagues are eligible.
They might be scientists who have inspired you, who are exceptionally supportive, who are amazing mentors or who bring something special to the lab - humour, creativity or joy perhaps - making it a brilliant place to work. In whatever way they’ve had a positive impact on your life and work, now is your chance to recognise and celebrate them.
Nominate the scientists who are your Lab Heroes from now until 8th December 2021, and put your lab and the brilliant life scientists who work in it in the spotlight.
New categories & more prizes for 2021!
This year we’re introducing three categories for our awards, meaning we’ll be crowning three winners alongside three highly commended entrants for each category.
The categories are:
- Lab Supporter - the technicians, managers or administrators whose day-to-day work might sometimes go unnoticed, but without whom your lab would fall apart. Tell us about the people who keep you all on track and make sure your lab runs smoothly.
- Lab Leader - the PIs, supervisors, postdocs or research assistants who provide the inspiration and drive to ensure everyone in your lab achieves their very best. Celebrate the people whose advice and guidance has brought the best out of you and your team this year.
- Lab Scholar - the PhD, graduate or Masters student in your lab who has impressed you most with their initiative, work ethic and willingness to learn. Shout about the early career life scientists in your lab who are making an impact for all the right reasons.
Do you have a lab hero (or three!) in mind?
To nominate them in the Lab Heroes Awards™ 2021, simply visit our nomination page, fill out your details and tell us why your lab hero deserves to win. You can see who has been nominated so far on our Lab Heroes gallery.
Please be as detailed as possible in your nominations to give our judges plenty of information, and please do include a photo if you can, as we'd love to shout out to all our Lab Heroes nominees on social media to acknowledge them for the fantastic work they do.
This is your chance to tell us what makes your nominee really special, and why they deserve to be known outside the lab and around the world!
What makes a Lab Hero?
To give you an idea of the reasons you might nominate a Lab Hero, just some of the things our nominations included last year were:
- “He is somebody we look up to when we are stuck in our experiments. He is a great researcher and scientist, and always has innovative ideas for improvement of our research projects and experimental protocols.”
- “He is always ready to help even when he is busy himself."
- “She is one of those rare people that becomes the glue that holds the lab together”
- "Because she is the best and most motivated scientist I know. Even when she is literally drowning in work, she still takes the time to help and educate people around her."
- “His enthusiasm for science is infectious and motivating, particularly when experimental progress is slow.”
- “He strives constantly to improve everything he can for students and staff alike, which takes a lot of perseverance to see through as he’s sometimes met with differences of opinion.”
- “She is a true team player, fun, pragmatic and always in a good mood. Our lab would not be the same without her.”
- “He has so many projects at the same time in his head and can think of details for each of them in minutes.”
- “He doesn't only provide a great contribution to science but he works every day to make our world a better place.”
- “She goes above and beyond every single day to make sure we have everything we need (and then some) to do all the crazy experiments that our hearts desire.”
- “She encourages all lab members to join social events outside the lab, often hosting or organizing events herself. Moreover, she ensures that we all celebrate the small victories.”
- “She is not only an amazing researcher, but also a tremendous teacher.”
- “Without him there would be chaos in the lab!"
Entry for the Lab Heroes Awards™ 2021 opens TODAY (8th November) and closes at midnight on 8th December 2021.
The awards will be judged by the Hello Bio Scientific Advisory board, and winners will be announced after Monday 13th December. You can view the full T&Cs for the 2021 awards here.
Help us spread the word, and find more Lab Heroes!
This year, we want to reach and recognise even more Lab Heroes from all around the world.
Please share this blog post on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook using the hashtag #LabHeroes21, and tell all your scientist networks and colleagues how they can get involved too.
This year’s prizes
This year, the overall winner of each category will receive:
- $1000 Hello Bio vouchers for their lab;
- Plus a $1000 career development grant (to use in any way you wish to further your science career)
- And a Hello Bio goody bag! (We know this is the prize you’re all most excited for…)
Three highly commended nominees in each category will receive:
- A Hello Bio goody bag and certificate of commendation
Before nominating your Lab Hero, please view the Terms & Conditions for the Lab Heroes Awards™ 2021 here.
Meet all of our past Lab Heroes Awards™ Winners and Runners-Up over on our blog:
- Meet Our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2020 Winner: Katarina Ilić
- Meet Our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2020 Runner-Up: Dr. Abiola Isawumi
- Meet Our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2020 Runner-Up: Dr. Ziba Jaberansari
- Meet Our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2019 Winner: Jaana van Gastel
- Meet Our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2019 Runner-Up: Gabrielle Todd
- Meet Our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2019 Runner-Up: Irfan Khan
- Meet Our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2018 Winner: Dr Enitome Bafor
- Meet Our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2018 Runner-Up: Elisabeth Paul
- Meet Our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2018 Runner-Up: Ettore Ambrosini
- Meet our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2017 winner Kimberley Evans
- Meet our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2017 runner up Vanessa Charrier
- Meet our Lab Heroes Awards™ 2017 runner up Pinggan Li
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