President’s Award

Recognising BTS Members who make a significant contribution to the Society

Candidate Attributes

BTS Members that have made specific contributions with significant impact on the society, such as: mentoring; outreach; the BTS Ambassador scheme; equality, diversity and inclusion; the committees and speciality sections.


Annually up to three recognised, with one overall winner.

  • Commemorative certificate for all shortlisted finalists
  • Commemorative plaque for the overall winner
  • Registration, accommodation, and travel for the annual congress for the overall winner, in line with BTS Travel Policy
  • BTS Member for at least 2 years prior to application closure date
  • Open to all members, independent of age, career stage or place of employment
Application requirements

The nominator should send a letter/email, including a 200-300 word supporting statement describing specific contribution and its impact(s) and/or benefit(s) to the BTS Secretariat

  • Call to membership by 1st Dec preceding the January Executive Committee meeting
  • Judging panel* makes recommendations of shortlisted candidates (up to three in total) to EC.
  • Recommendations of the judging panel to be considered and agreed at January EC meeting
  • Overall winner notified and up to two runners up notified by President after January EC meeting.

Background for the President’s Award

Many members make a wide range of contributions to the BTS every year. These often occur in the background and include, but are not limited to, mentoring other members and scientists; promoting the work of the society at careers fairs and other outreach events; acting as an ambassador to deliver and promote the society’s vision and objectives at a local level; driving and embedding the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion; serving on the societies committees; and leading speciality sections. The BTS appreciates that such roles and their associated efforts are voluntary, and so wished to recognise those members whose contributions have had significant impact on, and/or benefit to, the society. To recognise the many and wide-ranging contributions each year, up to 3 candidates will be celebrated during the year preceding the Annual Congress via the President’s newsletter and society’s website. These candidates will form a shortlist from which a single overall winner will be selected. The winner will be invited to attend the Annual Congress, where they will receive their award from the President.

* Judging panel comprises the President, the Immediate Past President and NSC Chair, the Vice President, the General Secretary, the NEST chair, the Lead Ambassador and one ordinary EC member. One ordinary EC number would be asked each year to volunteer for this task. To ensure that the Committee has considered the principles of EDI during their deliberations leading to the award, one member of the EDI working group would be invited to observe the proceedings.

2023 Dr Julianna Berrie

2024 Dr Emma Barnes