FEBS Press journal poster prizes

FEBS has a long history of supporting scientists in the early stages of their careers, through schemes such as its pre- and postdoctoral Fellowships, the FEBS Young Scientists’ Forum, FEBS Congress Bursaries and FEBS Advanced Courses Youth Travel Fund grants. To complement these activities, three FEBS Press journals – The FEBS Journal, FEBS Letters and FEBS Open Bio – also award poster prizes at scientific meetings. Prizewinners receive a cash award and a certificate from the journal. Details of their posters or talks are also featured in a special section of each journal’s website.

FEBS Open Bio awarded two prizes in 2016, to Mourad Bekhouche (University of Liege and University Claude Bernard Lyon) and Inmaculada Pérez-Dorado (Imperial College London). In 2016, FEBS Letters introduced the FEBS Letters Poster Prizes, which were awarded at six international meetings. Encouragingly, a fruitful exchange during poster selection at the 2016 Hunter Meeting led to publication in FEBS Letters of the data presented on the award-winning poster1. The journal is planning to increase the number of poster prizes in 2017. The FEBS Journal awarded 39 prizes at 22 international meetings in 2016, and will expand the scope of the prizes next year to include short talks as well. Indeed, the journal has already agreed to award 26 poster or short talk prizes at 13 international meetings to be held in 2017. All four FEBS Press journals (including Molecular Oncology) will be awarding poster prizes at this year’s FEBS Congress in Jerusalem. Prizes from FEBS Letters and The FEBS Journal are usually awarded by members of the journals’ diverse editorial boards, so do keep an eye out for our editors at your next meeting!

What makes a poster ‘prizeworthy’? A piece entitled ‘What makes a good conference poster?’ in FEBS News July 2016 (p. 9) offers excellent tips, including picking a project that is nearing completion to maximise feedback on the dataset, and developing an inspiring layout for your poster. Even if your research is in its early stages, don’t underestimate the importance of a clear and inviting talk that summarises your preliminary findings. As FEBS Publications Committee member Prof. Aristidis Moustakas says in the FEBS News piece, ‘Being humble is important but so is showing some vigour and enthusiasm, and usually more senior scientists welcome invitations to an entertaining summary of a good poster’. Thinking carefully about the data that you want to present, then getting creative with your layout and practising your poster talk will maximise your chances to win a FEBS poster prize.

We’re delighted to be able to recognize the hard work and key contributions of early-career scientists via these poster and short talk prizes, and look forward to seeing the prize-winning research published.