Eppendorf Award
for Young European Investigators

The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators was first established in 1995. It acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.

The Award is presented in partnership with the scientific journal Nature.

Prize money: 20,000 EUR

You can apply here for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators from October 1 of each year onwards.

In 2017 Eppendorf AG is presenting the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators for the 22nd time. The independent Eppendorf Award Jury chaired by Prof. Reinhard Jahn selected Dr. Tom Baden, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, as the 2017 winner of the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators. Tom Baden, born 1982, receives the € 20,000 prize for his ground-breaking work on signal processing in the retina.

The official prize ceremony took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany,  on June 22, 2017.

 

About the Award

Since 1995 the Eppendorf Young Investigator Award is granted annually to European researchers not older than 35 years. It acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts. The winner is selected by an independent expert committee chaired by Reinhard Jahn (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany).

This prize, which reflects the past and future of Eppendorf in a manner befitting the wishes of the company's founders, Dr. Heinrich Netheler and Dr. Hans Hinz, is intended to symbolize the close links between the company and the field of biomedicine.

The award was first established in 1995 on occasion of Eppendorf’s 50th anniversary.

The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators is presented in partnership with the scientific journal Nature.

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Prize money € 20,000

The Award winner will receive

  • a prize money of 20,000 Euro (for personal use)
  • an invitation to the prize ceremony at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany
  • an invitation to visit Eppendorf AG in Hamburg, Germany
  • coverage of his/her work by Nature in print and online (including a podcast)

Contact information

For questions regarding the Award, please send an email to: award@eppendorf.de

Nature journal

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Entry details & judging procedures

Who can apply for the award?

Young researchers not older than 35 years with an advanced degree who are performing biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.

How to apply

Online applications for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators are accepted from October 1 of each year onwards.

Your application must include: 

  • your personal data
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a title describing the subject of your research
  • an essay of max. 2000 characters (incl. spaces) summarizing your research
  • your publication list
  • PDF files of your published papers (min. 3 - max 5)

Your application and all submitted documents must be in English.

Judging procedures

Eppendorf has no influence on deciding who receives the award.

The prize is awarded by an independent committee composed of five renowned experts under the chairmanship of Prof. Reinhard Jahn (Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany), from the fields of:

  • Cellular Neurobiology (Prof. Reinhard Jahn: Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany)
  • Applied Medical Research (Prof. Dieter Häussinger: Clinic for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology, Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • Genetics and Cell Biology (Prof. Maria Leptin: Director EMBO, Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Protein Biochemistry (Prof. Martin J. Lohse: Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association, Berlin, Germany)
  • Cell Biology (Prof. Laura Machesky: Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, Glasgow, UK)

The papers submitted will be evaluated with respect to the following five selection criteria:

  1. Independent scientific work
  2. Creativity (independent of instructions from head of institute)
  3. Successful practical application of research approach
  4. Significance of research results for the field of medicine
  5. Achievement of candidate in relation to his/her age

The main focus is on investigating the molecular biological mechanisms of the human organism and then translating this research into practical findings. The long-term goal is the diagnosis and therapy of those diseases which have yet to be treated successfully.

2018 Call for Entries
2017 Award

2017 Award Winner: Tom Baden, PD PhD

Appointment at time of winning the Award:
Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at the School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom

Tom Baden, born 1982, receives the € 20,000 prize for his ground-breaking work on signal processing in the retina.

The Jury: » Tom Baden‘s results have profoundly changed our understanding of circuits and synaptic computation in the retina, revealing novel and exciting properties of sensory neurons. These findings are of general significance for our understanding how small neuronal microcircuits can dissociate complex sensory patterns into specific representations within the nervous system. «

The official prize ceremony took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany,  on June 22, 2017. The laudatio honoring Tom Baden’s achievements was held by Award committee member Prof. Maria Leptin (EMBO).

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Past Award Winners
  • 2016 Award Winner
    Prof. Adrian Liston
    Group leader at VIB Translational Immunology Lab, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • 2015 Award Winner
    Dr. Thomas Wollert
    Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany
  • 2014 Award Winner
    Madeline Lancaster
    Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Juergen Knoblich, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), Vienna, Austria
  • 2013 Award Winner
    Benjamin Lehner
    EMBL-CRG Systems Biology Unit Centre for Genomic Regulation Barcelona, Spain
  • 2012 Award Winner
    Dr. Elizabeth Murchison
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2011 Award Winner
    Assistant Professor Suzan Rooijakkers, PhD
    University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Medical Microbiology, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2009 Award Winner
    Dr. Óscar Fernández-Capetillo
    Head, Genomic Instability Group, Spanish National Cancer Center (CNIO), Madrid, Spain.
  • 2008 Award Winner
    Dr. Simon Boulton
    Cancer Research UK, London Research Institute, UK
  • 2007 Award Winner
    Dr. Mónica Bettencourt-Dias
    Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal
  • 2006 Award Winner
    Dr. Luca Scorrano
    Dulbecco-Telethon Institute, Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine, Padova, Italy
  • 2005 Award Winner
    Dr. Thomas Helleday
    Arrhenius Laboratory Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology, Stockholm University
  • 2004 Award Winner
    Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer
    Gene Center, University of Munich, Germany
  • 2003 Award Winner
    Prof. Dr. Silvia Arber
    Biozentrum, University of Basel, Friedrich-Miescher-Institute Basel, Switzerland
  • 2002 Award Winner
    Dr. Thomas Tuschl
    Göttingen, Germany
  • 2001 Award Winner
    Dr. Andreas Mayer
    Friedrich-Miescher Laboratory of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Tübingen, Germany
  • 2000 Award Winner
    Dr. Dario Alessi
    MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee, Scotland
  • 1999 Award Winner
    Dr. Jean Pieters
    Basel Institute for Immunology, Switzerland
  • 1998 Award Winner
    Professor Dr. Michael Wegner
    Center of Molecular Neurobiology, University Hospital (UKE), Hamburg, Germany
  • 1997 Award Winner
    Professor Dr. Helena Edlund
    Department of Microbiology, University of Umea, Sweden
  • 1996 Award Winner
    Professor Dr. Ueli Suter
    Institute of Cell Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich
  • 1995 Award Winner
    Professor Dr. Stephan P. Jackson
    Wellcome/CRC Institute, University of Cambridge, England

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