Gay Hawksworth Travel Award to attend a major international conference

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

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Award attributes

A travel award to support the participation of a member of the Society at a major international conference such as EUROTOX, SOT or IUTOX.  A successful applicant will be keen to communicate their work in the field of toxicology and is expected to present their work at the conference (oral or poster).



Support provided

Financial support of up to £1000 towards conference attendance (Registration fee, accommodation and travel, consistent with BTS travel policy, and upon presentation of receipts).


The Travel Award may be made to any member of the Society, independent of age, career stage or place of employment; provided that they have been a member of the BTS for at least one full calendar year prior to application, and have not been in receipt of this award in the preceding four years.

Application requirements
  • Complete application form at least 6 months prior to conference
  • Poster/Talk Abstract
  • Full CV
  • Details of application for additional funding sources
  • Report of meeting for the BTS website
  • Application submitted
  • Nominations Subcommittee reviews and makes recommendations
  • BTS Executive reviews and ratifies NSC recommendation

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About Gay Hawksworth (1947-2012)

Professor of Molecular Toxicology, University of Aberdeen

Gay was a pioneer of in vitro approaches to explore drug metabolism, starting out as a pharmacologist before moving to Aberdeen, where she was soon promoted to Professor of Molecular Toxicology.  Gay was a fantastic mentor nurturing over 30 PhD students and countless undergraduates. She loved to broaden her horizons with travel, both personal and academic, cultivating international links including two sabbaticals at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA.  This Travel Award is an appropriate tribute given that Gay was a regular at international conferences, particularly EUROTOX; indeed, she was instrumental in the successful bid to host the 50th EUROTOX conference in Edinburgh in 2014, although sadly passed away before seeing the plan come to fruition.   You can read more about her life and contribution (Gay Hawksworth Obituary, BTS Newsletter 41, 2012)