Infection Science Award

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The Infection Science Award is an exchange scheme that facilitates the most promising trainee and early career presenters from the Federation of Infection Societies (FIS) Annual Conference  (Infectious Disease Futures session) to present at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference (Infection Forum) and vice versa.


The aim of the Award is to support the exchange of ideas between the two meetings and the career development of early career researchers and trainee scientists and doctors by exposing them to new audiences and networks.
 

The awardees will be offered registration for the reciprocal meeting and invited to submit a publication to Access Microbiology.

Eligibility

All self-defining early career and trainee presenters are eligible for the scheme. As a guide, the Microbiology Society’s ECM Forum considers you an early career microbiologist if you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, or within five years of appointment to your first position after your highest degree earned. However, if this doesn’t fit your situation and you consider yourself an early career researcher, you are welcome to participate.

All presenters are welcome to enter the competition, regardless of membership of FIS organising societies*. 

*FIS organising societies include: the British Infection Association (BIA), British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), Health Infection Society (HIS), and Microbiology Society.

How to enter

To enter the competition, submit your abstract to the Infection Forum (Microbiology Society conference) or Infectious Disease Futures session (FIS conference), and provide an additional statement about how the award will benefit your professional development.

The awardees will be offered registration for the reciprocal meeting and invited to submit a publication to Access Microbiology.

Award criteria

Abstract shortlisting

The abstracts submitted by eligible entrants will be shortlisted against the following criteria:

For the FIS Infectious Disease Futures session

  • Essential:

    1. coherent and well written abstract
    2. rationale, data collected, interpretation and conclusions clearly stated
    3. clear relevance of clinical/medical topic to infectious disease
     
  • Desirable:

    4. topic of potential interest to basic scientist
    5. clinical/medical topic lacking in basic scientific infection research
    6. topic that would potentially benefit from interaction with basic infection scientists and Microbiology Society Annual Conference attendees

For the Microbiology Society Infection Forum

  • Essential:

    1. coherent and well written abstract
    2. rationale, data collected, interpretation and conclusions clearly stated
    3. clear relevance of topic to the microbiology of infection
     
  • Desirable:

    4. topic of potential interest to clinicians and medical/biomedical related FIS attendees
    5. basic scientific infection research topic lacking in translation to clinical/medical/biomedical and related practice
    6. topic that would potentially benefit from interaction with clinicians and medical/biomedical related FIS attendees
Session presentations

A judging panel will attend the session to judge the entrants and select the awardees for announcement in the weeks following FIS or the Microbiology Society Annual Conference. The judges will focus on scientific content and communication and criteria related to the translation potential of research outlined in presentations. The full judging criteria can be found below:

Microbiology Society Infection Science Award Judging Form


Event Winner(s)
FIS 2019


Abigail Walker-Jacobs

Christopher Rooney

Jordan Skittrall

Vivien Price