Nominations Are Now Open For The Lab Heroes Awards™ 2023!

Nominations Are Now Open For The Lab Heroes Awards™ 2023!
7 months ago

Nominations Are Now Open For The Lab Heroes Awards™ 2023!

Make someone smile in your lab today by nominating them for the Lab Heroes Awards™ 2023! Nominations are now open and it’s your chance to tell us about the colleagues who go above and beyond to help make your lab a better place!

Each year we ask life scientists around the world to show their appreciation for the scientists who inspire, motivate and support them each and every day! Last year we received more than 300 nominations for 64 incredible life scientists from labs across the world, with entries coming in from a record 22 different countries!

Now in their seventh year, the Lab Heroes Awards™ are your chance to celebrate the scientists who make – or who have made – a positive difference to you, your life, and your research. 

It could be a PI who has helped you take the next step on your STEM career path, or a technician who always offers a helping hand with experiments! Maybe you’re working with an enthusiastic new PhD student who makes everyone laugh in the lab, or you have a mentor who never fails to make time for you. Whoever they are and whatever impact they’ve had on your life and work, now’s your chance to put a big smile on their face with a Lab Heroes nomination!




Nominate your Lab Heroes from now until 8th December 2023, and put your lab and the brilliant life scientists who work in it in the spotlight. 

Nomination categories

There are 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.


Top prizes for the three lucky winners

This year the three individual winners who will each receive:

  • $1000 Hello Bio vouchers for their lab;
  • $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 most excited for…)

Runners-up 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 AwardsTM 2023 here.





Who is YOUR lab hero?

To nominate your colleague in the Lab Heroes Awards™ 2023, 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 (but make sure you have your nominee's permission), as we want 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 this scientist really special, and why they deserve to be known outside the lab and around the world!


Tell us what makes them so special

To be considered for an award, we need to know exactly why you think your hero deserves to be recognised. Prizes are not simply awarded for the number of nominations received. Our judges will consider the impact each nominee has had and the difference they make to their labs each day. To give you an idea of the reasons you might nominate a Lab Hero, here are just a small handful of the comments from previous years:

  • "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™ 2023 opens on 11th November and closes at 23:59 on 8th December 2023.

The awards will be judged by a panel from the Hello Bio Scientific Advisory board, and winners will be announced during the week commencing Monday 11th December. You can view the full T&Cs for the 2023 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 X (Twitter), LinkedIn, and Facebook using the hashtag #LabHeroes23, and tell all your scientist networks and colleagues how they can get involved too.




Meet all of our past Lab Heroes Awards™ Winners and Runners-Up over on our blog:


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