ALBA offer awards to brain scientists who are contributing through their efforts to its mission.

ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize

With this Diversity prize, The ALBA Network and the The FENS-Kavli Scholars wish to highlight a scientist or group that has made outstanding contributions to promoting equality and diversity in brain sciences.

The promotion of equality and diversity — e.g. by gender, race, sexual orientation, class, or culture— in research depends upon leaders and role models that catalyse a full integration of all scientists across academic levels. This annual award will recognise an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to this effort, including but not limited to advocacy, mentorship or the creation of diversity-promoting initiatives.

This prize will be awarded by the ALBA and FKNE networks, annually, at either the FENS Forum or the FENS Regional Meetings (FRM).

Prize: The awardee will receive €2000 and financial support to cover travel and participation for one person in the conference where the prize will be awarded (up to an additional €2000, depending on actual costs).

Procedures: Both nomination of someone else or a group of individuals and self-nomination are encouraged. Nominations should include a statement (max. 1 page) indicating the merits of the nominee or group on promoting equality and diversity in the field of brain sciences and any relevant activities organised by the nominee or group to contribute to this goal.

Eligibility: Brain science researchers at any career stage working at least 50% in a European institution or brain science research institution or group of eligible individuals based in Europe.

The 2021 call for this prize is open.  This year, the prize will be awarded at the digital FENS Regional Meetings 2021 (FRM).

To submit your nomination, please click on the block below.

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Call for nominations 2021

Nominate yourself, a colleague or a group for the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize by using the online nomination form.

Deadline: 22 March 2021 (23:59 CET)

The ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize Selection Committee

FKNE Members: Dr. Andrew Lin (Chair), Dr. Sonja Vernes, Dr. Laura Andreae, Dr. Patricia Gaspar (CHET Chair)
ALBA Members: Prof. Menno Witter, Prof. Elisabeth Binder and Prof. Carmen Sandi

Prof Erin Schuman is the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize Winner 2020

Congratulations to the ALBA-FKNE Diversity Prize Winner 2020: Prof Erin Schuman.

Learn more about Prof. Schuman here.

The ALBA Awards Working Group

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Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry
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Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Chair of Network
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
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Uppsala University