Fleming Prize Lecture
Awarded annually to an early career researcher who has achieved an outstanding research record within 12 years of being awarded their PhD. Years may be added to this total in respect to substantive reasons, which could include maternity/paternity leave, long-term sickness, or similar reasons.
Alexander Fleming was the first President of the Society (1945-1947) and received a Nobel Prize for his discovery of penicillin.
The recipient of the Fleming Prize Lecture will receive £1,000 and be expected to give a lecture based on the work for which the award has been made to a meeting of the Society. The recipient will be strongly encouraged to publish the lecture in one of the Society’s journals, whichever is the most suitable. This decision will be at the discretion of the Editors of the journals.
Nominations for the 2020 Fleming Prize Lecture are now closed.Please see below for a list of past winners.
Fleming Prize Lecture 2019: Professor Peter Fineran – Resistance is (not) futile: bacterial innate and adaptive immune systems
|2019||Peter Fineran||Resistance is (not) futile: bacterial innate and adaptive immune systems|
|2018||Sarah Coulthurst||How to kill your rivals: type VI secretion system-mediated bacterial warfare|
|2017||Stephen Baker||The collateral damage of antimicrobial access in Asia|
|2016||David Grainger||The unexpected complexity of bacterial genomes|
|2015||Michael Brockhurst||Rapid microbial evolution: From the lab to the clinic and back again|
|2014||Nikolay Zenkin||Multiple personalities of RNA polymerase active centre|
|2013||See note below*||-|
|2012||W.P. Hanage||Plagues and Populations - Patterns of Pathogen Evolution|
|2011||P. Cherepanov||Structural Biology of Retroviral DNA Integration|
|2010||S.P. Diggle||Microbial Communication and Virulence: Lessons from Evolutionary Theory|
|2009||N.R. Stanley-Wall||The Complexity of Biofilm Formation by Bacillus subtilis|
|2008||C. Simmons||Understanding Emerging Pathogens: H5N1 Influenza and Dengue in Vietnam|
|2007||G.L. Challis||Mining Microbial Genomes for New Natural Products and Biosynthetic Pathways|
|2006||F. Sargent||Constructing the Wonders of the Bacterial World: Biosynthesis of Complex Enzymes|
|2005||A. Whitehouse||Understanding the Latent-Lytic Switch in Gamma-2 Herpesviruses|
|2004||M.S.B. Paget||Managing Redox Stress in Bacteria|
|2003||C. Boshoff||AIDS-associated Cancer and KSHV/HHV-8|
|2002||B.C. Berks & T. Palmer (Joint)||Moving Folded Proteins Across the Bacterial Cell Membrane|
|2001||B. Kenny||Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli - a Crafty, Subversive Little Bug|
|2000||P. Simmonds||The Origin and Evolution of Hepatitis Viruses in Humans|
|1999||D.J. Richardson||Bacterial Respiration: a Flexible Process for a Changing Environment|
|1997||C.J. Stirling||Protein Targeting to the Endoplasmic Reticulum in Yeast|
|1996||A.M. Carr||Cell Division and Mitosis in the Fission Yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe|
|1995||J. McKeating||Functional and Antigenic Consequences of HIV Envelope Variation|
|1994||C.J. Dorman||DNA Topology and the Global Regulation of Bacterial Virulence Gene Expression|
|1994||I.S. Roberts||Bacterial Polysaccharides in Sickness and in Health|
|1993||N.A.R. Gow||Directional Growth and Guidance Systems of Fungal Pathogens|
|1992||G.L. Smith||Vaccinia Virus Glycoproteins and Immune Evasion|
|1991||L. Boddy||The Ecology of Wood- and Litter-rotting Basidiomycete Fungi|
|1989||G.J. Boulnois||Molecular Dissection of the Host-Microbe Interaction in Infection|
|1989||A.J. Davison||Varicella-Zoster Virus|
|1988||G. Dougan||An Oral Route to Rational Vaccination|
|1987||C.F. Higgins||Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Transport: from Microbes to Man|
|1986||D.B. Kell||Forces, Fluxes and Control of Microbial Metabolism|
|1985||J.W. Almond||Genetic Diversity in Small RNA Viruses|
|1984||P.M. Nurse (now Sir Paul)||Cell Cycle Control in Yeast|
|1983||R.A. Dixon||The Genetic Complexity of Nitrogen Fixation|
|1982||B.G. Spratt||Penicillin-binding Proteins and the Future of ß-Lactam Antibiotics|
|1981||D.J. Sherratt||The Maintenance and Propagation of Plasmid Genes in Bacterial Populations|
|1980||D.J. McGeoch||Structural Analysis of Animal Virus Genomes|
|1979||J.E. Beringer (now Sir John)||The Development of Rhizobium Genetics|
|1978||G.A.M. Cross||Immunochemical Aspects of Antigenic Variation in Trypanosomes|
|1977||P.C. Newell||Cellular Communication During Aggregation of Dictyostelium|
|1976||G.W. Gooday||Biosynthesis of the Fungal Wall - Mechanisms and Implications|
*In November 2016, the Microbiology Society received information from the University of Dundee relating to an internal investigation concerning claims of serious research misconduct by Dr Robert Ryan. The investigation found that Dr Ryan had committed "serious research misconduct", and this finding was subsequently upheld on appeal.
At its meeting on 3 March 2017, the Council of the Microbiology Society considered whether to withdraw the Fleming Prize awarded to Dr Robert Ryan in 2013. Dr Ryan attended the Council meeting, and was given the opportunity to make representations.
After carefully considering all of the information provided by the University of Dundee, the documentation submitted in support of the original nomination for the Prize, and Dr Ryan's written and oral representations, the members of Council unanimously passed a resolution to withdraw the Fleming Award from Dr Ryan.