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Young Leader of the Year

Young Leader of the Year

This award recognises a young lab leader that has demonstrated potential to make a significant contribution to science in Ireland and is no older than 35 years old as of January 31st 2020. It is open to any individual leading a science-based laboratory, typically principal investigators, and senior scientists, from any sector.


Entrants can be nominated by themselves, their colleagues, supervisors, or members of the public, but please ensure you have their permission to do so.


Entry is by a 5 A4 page submission; the judges will be looking for clear information backed up by facts that pays particular attention to the criteria listed below.


  • Please provide a one page CV with details of their previous employment history.

  • What has been their contribution to the success of the lab in the last 3 years? In a commercial setting this can measured by growth in market share, turnover, deals done, collaborations established, investments to date, specific investment, launch of product or expansion. In a research lab this can be measured by academic output and funding attained. Please include details of previous significant publications, patents and prizes.

  • What has been the individuals’ strategic contribution to the labs performance, communication and vision? Can they demonstrate innovation and clear commercial or expansion promise?

  • What has been their contribution to their sciences sector/community, or influence within the specific industry? How have they contributed to the development of others, how influential have they been in fostering the scientists and lab workers of the future?

  • Independence: Has the individual demonstrated career independence from an early stage?

  • Include any other statements or facts that support the entry, and a testimonial from the nominee’s head of department or supervisor where possible.

1. Visit our 'How to Enter' page for our Items Checklist & Step-by-Step Guide. CLICK HERE.

2. Once you have created your PDF submission and you have all items in the Items Checklist, submit your entry via the Online Entry Form. CLICK HERE.

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