Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science


Of all the activities that take place in the lab, perhaps the least remarked upon and the least rewarded is that of the mentorship of young researchers. This is why in 2005 Nature launched its annual awards for outstanding scientific mentorship. The awards focus on a specific country or region each year.

The 2017 awards – Spain

This year’s Nature awards for mentoring in science will take place in Spain. The deadline for nominations has now passed. For information, please go to this year’s award page.

Previous awards

The 2016 awards – US West Coast (Washington, Oregon and California)

Lifetime achievement award: Julie Overbaugh (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Mid-career award: Susan L. Forsburg (The University of Southern California)
2016 award page
Nature coverage

The 2015 awards – China

Northern China
Lifetime achievement award (joint winners): Xuetao Cao (Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences) & Xingwang Deng (Peking University)
Mid-career award: Yigong Shi (Tsinghua University)
Southern China
Lifetime achievement award: Hongyuan Chen (Institute of Analytical Science and Nanjing University)
Mid-career award: Hongbing Shu (Wuhan University)
2015 award page
Nature coverage

2014 awards – Ireland and Northern Ireland

Lifetime achievement (joint winners): Cliona O'Farrelly (Trinity College Dublin) & Martin Clynes (Dublin City University)
Mid-career award: Cormac Taylor (University College Dublin)
2014 award page
Nature coverage

2013 awards – Italy

Lifetime achievement (joint winners): Giorgio Parisi (University of Rome I, La Sapienza) & Vincenzo Balzani (University of Bologna)
Mid-career award: Michela Matteoli (University of Milan)
2013 award page

2012 awards – Nordic Countries

Lifetime achievement: Staffan Normark (The Royal Swedish Academy of Science)
Mid-career award (joint winners): Jens Nielsen (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) & Anders Hagfeldt (Uppsala Universitet)
2012 award page
Nature coverage

The 2011 awards – France

Lifetime achievement: Jean Rossier (ESPCI ParisTech, Paris) & Moshe Yaniv (Pasteur Institute, Paris)
Mid-career award: Barbara Demeneix (UMR CNRS Evolution des Régulations Endocriniennes, Paris)
2011 award page
Nature coverage

The 2010 awards – Canada

Lifetime achievement: Chris Wood (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario)
Mid-career award: John Smol (Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario)
2010 award page
Nature coverage

2009 Awards – Japan
Lifetime achievement: Fumio Oosawa (Aiichi Institute of Technology)
Mid-career award: Hiroaki Kitano (Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc.)
2009 award page
Nature coverage

2008 Awards – Germany
Lifetime achievement (joint winners): Klaas Bergmann (Technical University of Kaiserslautern) and Heinrich Betz (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt)
Mid-career award: Peer Bork (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg)
2008 award page
Nature coverage.

2007 Awards – South Africa
Lifetime achievement: Professor Barry Fabian (University of the Witwatersrand)
Mid-career award: Professor Charles de Koning (University of the Witwatersrand)
2007 award page
Nature coverage

2006 Awards – United Kingdom and Australasia

United Kingdom
Lifetime achievement (joint winners): Andrew McMichael (Wetherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford) and Godfrey Hewitt (University of East Anglia)
Mid-career award: Steve Watson (University of Birmingham)
2006 (UK) award page
Nature coverage

Lifetime achievement: Professor Tom Healy (University of Melbourne)
Mid-career award: Professor Rachel Webster (University of Melbourne)
2006 (Australasia) award page
Nature coverage

2005 Awards – United Kingdom
Lifetime achievement: Tom Kibble (Imperial College, London)
Mid-career award: Innes Cuthill (University of Bristol)
2005 award page
Nature coverage

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Mentoring and networking: how to make it work

Nature Immunology 9, 3–5 (2008) doi:10.1038/ni0108-3

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Nature's guide for mentors

Adrian Lee, Carina Dennis & Philip Campbell

Nature 447, 881 (2007) doi:10.1038/447791a

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In search of the super–mentor

Gene Russo

Nature 447, 791 (2007) doi:10.1038/nj7146-881a

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Mentoring mismatch

Nature 440, 964–965 (2006) doi:10.1038/nj7086-964a

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Learning to mentor

Nature 436, 436–437 (2005) doi:10.1038/nj7049-436a

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