Peter Wildy Prize Lecture

Awarded annually to an individual for an outstanding contribution to microbiology education and/or communication in order to stimulate interest and understanding in the subject. This may include university teaching or education of the general public, school students or professional groups and is without restriction on the area of microbiology in which the award is made.

Peter Wildy was president of the Society from 1978 to 1981 and a founding editor of Journal of General Virology in 1967. He was a distinguished virologist and a charismatic teacher.

The recipient of the 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 Microbiology Today. This decision will be at the discretion of the Editor.

Nominations for the 2020 Peter Wildy Prize Lecture are now closed.

Please see below for a list of past winners.

Peter Wildy Prize Lecture 2019: Professor Laura Bowater - Microbes, medicines and me

2019 L. Bowater Microbes, medicines and me
2018 T. Hammarton Explorations in microbiology: inspiring the next generation
2016 W. Barclay Influenza – a world of discoveries, outbreaks and controversy
2015 S. Park Exploring The Invisible: adventures in art and microbiology
2014 S. Curry Science communication: a communicable disease?
2013 D. Bhella Beautiful and a little bit scary... viruses and science communication
2012 V.R. Racaniello Educating the World about Microbes
2011 A.C. Hilton ...But is it as Dirty as a Toilet Seat?
2010 S. Assinder How the Mushroom Got its Spots and Other Stories
2008 C. Smith Stripping Down Science: The Naked Scientists
2007 S. Cutting Ten Years in Vietnam
2006 R.E. Sockett Not Just Germs - Bringing Bacteria to Life
2005 J. Verran Yes, but is it Microbiology? (Using Links Between Microbiology and Art in Undergraduate Programmes)
2004 N.R. Thomson Taking an Educated Guess: the ART of Whole Genome Analysis
2003 R.A. Killington Walking with the Viruses
2002 J.M. Grainger Heeding the Unseen: a Necessary Life Skill
2001  A.J. Cann Microbiology and the Web: a Nerd's Eye View