Awards and Prizes

The BTS recognises scientific excellence and contributions to the field in a number of ways including a number of awards and prizes.


In memory of Malcolm Blackwell, this Award is nominated by members of the society’s Network for Early-Stage Toxicologists (NEST) to recognise an individual deemed inspirational, impactful and a role model to members of the NEST. The successful awardee will be an invited guest at the BTS annual congress, where they will receive their award and deliver the NEST invitation lecture. For more information click here

These awards are designed to encourage students or new graduates to experience working in the field of toxicology. There are two studentships on offer and each studentship will provide up to £1,500 to support the living costs of the student for up to six to eight weeks. The student will gain valuable hands-on research experience and their supervisor will gain an extra pair of hands in the laboratory. Interested students or new graduates must pair up with a potential supervisor to develop a project before applying for funding.

Eligibility – The award is available to students or new graduates (no more than three months after completion of their degree) studying toxicology and/or pharmacology, or where toxicology is a main component of their degree. The research project must have substantial toxicological content.

2016 Olivia Matthews and Nicholas Heng

2017 Will Hotham and Ida Fischer
Members can read their reports by clicking on the names above

2018 Emma Walker

2019 Carolina StamboulidJustina Grigalyte and Tim Kuhnlenz

The BTS has an exchange scheme with the Australian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologist (ASCEPT), which provides an opportunity for a BTS member to attend the ASCEPT congress and present a BTS lecture.

1996    David Ray

1998     Iain Purchase

2000    Kevin Park

2002    Gay Hawksworth

2004    Nick Bateman

2006    Kelly BéruBé

2008    Matthew Wright

2010    Tim Gant


2018    John Thompson

The Gay Hawksworth Travel Award is awarded annually, on a competitive basis, to support participation by a BTS member at a major international conference. The Award is valued up to £1000, and is independent of age, career status or place of employment.

Previous Recipients:


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The Gordon Gibson Travel Award is awarded biennially, on a competitive basis, to support participation by a BTS member at the Gordon Research Conference on Toxicology. The Award is valued up to £1000, and is independent of age, career status or place of employment. For full details, including how to apply, please see the new BTS brochure on Prizes, Awards, Fellowships and Bursaries.

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The BTS is keen to encourage the exchange of knowledge and networking for its members, and so we have launched a new Travel Award scheme.

Travel awards are available to all members of BTS who wish to attend a conference related to toxicology, such as SOT, Eurotox, Gordon Conference etc.

Reports from previous recipients:

SETAC SciCon 2020 – Dr Briony Labram BTS blog 2020_Final

ICTXV 2019 Honolulu- Report BTS – Carol De Santis

BTS Travel Award report (TATT 2018, China) – Dr Helen Prior

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The BTS honours eminent toxicologists with the award of Fellow of the BTS (FBTS) or Honorary Fellow of the BTS (Hon FBTS).Nominations are made by the Fellowship Committee, which comprises the President, Immediate Past-President (Chair of the Nominations Subcommittee), Vice-President, General Secretary and Chair of the Scientific Subcommittee The Fellowship Committee is convened annually to review the list of fellowships and make recommendations to the BTS Executive Committee for approval.

Current BTS Fellows and Honorary Fellows (Members Only)

Fellow of the British Toxicology Society


  • Individuals nominated will be members of the BTS and will have made substantial contributions to the discipline of toxicology, and will also normally have made a significant contribution to the work of the BTS.
  • Nominees will usually have been members of the BTS for at least seven years.

Entitlement of Fellows

Fellows are entitled to use the term FBTS after their name.  They will pay the same rate as ordinary members (i.e. full member or retired member).

Fellows who no longer pay a BTS subscription are entitled to use the term FBTS (retired).  In this instance the term “retired” is defined as either retired from active professional life or retired from the BTS whilst possibly remaining active in another scientific discipline.

Honorary Fellow of the British Toxicology Society

The award of Honorary Fellow of the BTS is recognition of an outstanding contribution to the science and profession of toxicology, including to the BTS. In most cases the recipient will be a member of the BTS, but this is not a prerequisite.


In making recommendations for the award of Honorary Fellow, the Fellowship Committee will take into account the following aspects:

  • Outstanding scientific contributions, defined as having driven a ‘step-change’ in scientific thinking or approach;
  • Contributions to education and training, and promotion of the science of toxicology;
  • Contributions to leadership, management, science and promotion of the BTS;
  • The level of ‘prestige’ and value to the Society of making the award.

Entitlement of Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows are entitled to use the term Hon FBTS after their name.  They do not pay a subscription to the BTS and are entitled to free registration for the BTS Annual Congress.

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For the Annual Congress, the BTS is awarding bursaries for both Post-Doctoral Researchers and those currently working for their PhD or other relevant post-graduate degree.

Up to four Post-Doctoral Researcher Bursaries are available for Early Career Researchers who are within three years of having attained their PhD or relevant further post-graduate degree.  Download the Application form BTS Post-Doctoral Researchers Bursary Application Form 2020

Up to ten Pre-Doctoral Student bursaries are available for those undertaking their PhD or other relevant post-graduate degree. Download the Application form BTS Pre-Doctoral Student Bursary Application Form 2020

This Award was made in memory of Dr Aldridge’s contribution to toxicology to enable a young EU-based scientist to advance their research in toxicology by visiting key laboratories within or outside the UK.

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There is a prize awarded for the best presentation of a poster or oral presentation by a student at the BTS Annual Congress.

2011 Poster Prize, Mr Jack Sharkey, University of Liverpool

2011 Oral Presentation Prize, Ms Shambhavi Naik, University of Leicester

2013 Poster Prize Mr Michael, Kyriakides, Imperial College London

2013 Oral Presentation Prize, Dr Mark Hayes, University of Manchester

2016 Poster Prize, Ms Kimberley Rockley, Durham University

2016 Oral Presentation Prize, Miss Amy Ball, University of Liverpool

2017 Poster Prize, Miss Hannah Dusza, Brunel University

2017 Oral Presentation Prize, Miss Nathalie de Bois Brillant, University of Liverpool

2018 Poster Prize, Mr Lewis Bibby, Newcastle University

2018 Oral Presentation Prize, Mrs Arathi Kizhedath, Newcastle University

This award is made in recognition of the achievements of an exceptional mid-career member of the BTS, who is within 10 to 25 years of their highest qualification.

2020 Dr Helen Prior, National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

This award is made in recognition of leading contributions to toxicology by Early Career Investigators (within 10 years of PhD). Nominations are considered by the Scientific Subcommittee and ratified by the Executive Committee.

2001 Dr E Martin

2002 Dr C Smith Pease

2003 Dr D Naisbit

2004 Dr N Plant

2005 Dr J Moggs

2006 Dr D Williams

2008 Dr D Smart

2009 Dr J Dorne

2010 Dr M Coen

2011 Dr Karen Swales

2013 Award rescinded

2016 Dr Toby Athersuch

2017 Dr Amy Chadwick

2018 Dr Ian Copple

Sir William Paton left BTS a bequest to encourage scholarships in the historical aspects of toxicology.  This donation was matched by the BTS and the Paton Prize established.

1998 Prof R Smith

2000 Prof P N Magee

2002 Prof R Estabrook

2004 Prof I Purchase

2006 Prof J Ashby

2008 Prof G G Gibson and Prof P S Goldfarb

2010 Dr F M Sullivan

2012 Dr G Cohen

2014 Prof Sir Colin Berry

2016 Prof T Lock

2018 Prof L Smith

This lecture was established in memory of Dr John Barnes, a pioneer in scientific toxicology. The John Barnes lecture is presented at the Annual Congress. The first award was made in 1979 to Professor W. N. Aldridge. The membership is asked to propose suitable recipients and the lecturer is selected following recommendations from the Nominations Sub-Committee to the Executive Committee.

1979 Prof W N Aldridge

1981 Prof P N Magee

1983 Prof L Golberg

1985 Dr J Cairns

1987 Prof G Zbinden

1989 Prof B N Ames

1991 Prof S Orrenius

1993 Prof J A Swenberg, Dr F De Matteis

1995 Prof R Lawerys

1997 Dr M K Johnson

1999 Prof A Wyllie

2001 Sir Alec Jeffreys

2003 Dr J Peto

2005 Prof J Goodman

2007 Prof D S Davies

2009 Prof R Schulte-Hermann

2011 Prof R Wolf, OBE

2013 Prof A Boobis OBE

2015 Prof I Kimber OBE

2017 Prof Kevin Park

2019 Prof Andy Smith