We encourage wide use of the UK Biobank Resource. This includes scientists just embarking on their research career, who may be the research leaders when the UK Biobank resource is at its most productive in years to come.
We are especially looking to celebrate the creativity and imagination of early-career researchers (up to 5 years’ post qualification). If that’s you, why not enter our competition to find 2020 UK Biobank Early-Career Researcher of the Year.
Not only will that look good on your CV – but there is a top prize of £1000 up for grabs and two runners up prizes of £500 each.
To enter you must be a researcher registered to use UK Biobank data. The abstract you submit must relate to approved research by you that is planned to start, or is under way or was completed using UK Biobank data.
Researchers of the top three abstracts (as decided by a UK Biobank panel) will have the chance to present their work at the UK Biobank Annual Scientific Conference. A further 20 abstracts will be selected for poster presentation at the conference.
We would very much like to give all Early-Career researchers the chance to participate, and to come to London to talk about their work. In addition to the prizes above, we can offer £200 towards travel for the winner, runners up and the 20 poster presentations to attend the meeting, and £25 towards print costs. However, if travelling to London presents a problem, we can take conference presentations by video link for the winner or runners up. For poster presentations, we may be able to use pre-recorded video to ensure your presence at the event, even if you are many miles away.
- Entrants must be registered to use the resource and early-career researchers, i.e. up to 5 years’ post qualification (PhD, masters, undergraduate) or undergoing aforementioned qualifications. Entrants may submit more than one entry;
- The entrant must be the first and presenting author, although the research may have co-authors;
- Entry can relate to completed or partially completed work on the UK Biobank data (published or unpublished).
- Abstracts should only contain work not selected for a presentation at a previous UKB annual scientific conference.
- Scientific merit of the abstract;
- Quality and originality of the work;
- Likely impact to improve the health of future generations.
How to submit your application
- Entrants should complete the Entry Form and return it to Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org by 8am (London time) Monday 27th April 2020;
- The winners will be notified by email by Friday 22nd May 2020;
- The event takes place in London on Tuesday 23rd June 2020;
- All submissions will be posted on the UK Biobank website.
Decision of the judges is final.
Winner & runners up 2019
- Winner Patrick Turley, Massachusetts General Hospital: Education can reduce health differences related to genetic risk of obesity
- Runner up Yixuan He, Harvard Medical School: Common disease risk prediction in the UK
- Runner up Baptiste Couvy-Duchesne, University of Queensland: Widespread associations between grey-matter structure and the human phenome
Visit 2019 ECR competition results! to see last year’s presentations.