ALBA-Elsevier Award Lecture on Brain Sciences

This award recognizes research achievements of outstanding quality by an active scientist working at the frontiers of brain research, at any career stage PhD or MD onwards, from countries underrepresented among neuroscience publications and conferences. In addition to highlighting the awarded individual’s scientific excellence, this prize will support regional diversity and increase visibility of both the scientist and their institution.

Nominations open July 12 - September 30, 2021. This call is now closed.

Prize: The awardee will 

  • Receive an honorarium of 1000€ 
  • Have the opportunity to present a lecture at an international neuroscience conference, that will be aired on the ALBA Virtual Platform, advertised by ALBA and by Elsevier
  • Have the opportunity to submit a review1 or a research article for publication2 in one of the Elsevier Neuroscience journals

Eligibility: The award is open to active scientists of any origin, at any career stage PhD or MD onwards, working in a research institution in countries underrepresented3 among neuroscience publications and conferences.

Procedure: Candidates can either self-nominate or be nominated by fellow neuroscientists. Current members of the ALBA Board of Directors and ALBA Awards working group are ineligible for this award. Selection of the award winner will be made by an ad hoc committee set by the ALBA Network. The decision taken by the Selection committee is based on the outstanding quality of research achievements of candidates from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds. The successful candidate will be notified by the end of October. Candidates who have not received notification by this date should assume that they have not been successful.

Candidates should submit the following:

  • CV which should include: list of publications, list of oral presentations at conferences or institutional seminars and lecturing experience
  • A proposed title and abstract (max 500 words) for their potential ALBA-Elsevier lecture
  • A short personal statement (max. one page) describing their eligibility and how this award will impact their career in science
  • A letter of endorsement by a prominent neuroscientist, outlining the suitability of the candidate for the award, should accompany the nomination
1Elsevier Brain Research definition of Review: Reviews are by invitation only and subject to Editorial Board approval prior to consideration, graphical abstract required 
2This does not guarantee acceptance by Elsevier for publication
3Based on Elsevier’s authors’ metric per region and representation of countries in global neuroscience conferences in the past years, applications from individuals working in the following countries are NOT eligible: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA


Selection Committee

Prof. Menno Witter, Prof. Elisabeth Binder, Prof. Carmen Sandi, Prof. Emily Holmes, Prof. Dipesh Chaudhury, Prof. Hailan Hu, Prof. Elaine Del Bel, Dr. Rachael Dangarembizi


Prize Winner

Prof. Seung-Hee Lee

Winner 2021

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea