The SIB Bioinformatics Awards honour excellence in three categories:

  • Early Career Bioinformatician Award
  • Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award
  • Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award

The three laureates of the 10th edition of the SIB Bioinformatics Awards were announced during the [BC]2 Computational Biology conference held in Basel from 9 to 11 September. Eleonora Porcu (Early Career Bioinformatician Award), Jochen Singer (Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award) and Sten Linnarsson for the resource Velocyto (Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award) each gave a talk on this occasion, recorded as part of a special edition of our ‘in silico talks’ series.

Early Career Bioinformatician Award

The Early Career Bioinformatician Award is an international award that recognises the excellence and promise of a researcher’s early career, based on one or several projects and/or papers focussing on the in silico analysis of biological sequences, structures or processes.

This award carries a cash prize of CHF 10’000 and an award certificate. Candidates applying for the award must have finished their PhD during the 6 years preceding the application deadline. Applications may be submitted by any faculty member or by the candidate him/herself. In the latter case, a letter of support should be provided. The application for the award should include two to five pages describing the candidate’s career, including important projects and accepted publications. An international independent jury reviews the applications and designates the award laureate. The laureate receives the award during SIB’s [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, which usually takes place in September. By submitting their application, candidates agree in advance to take part in the [BC]2 conference if awarded, and the laureate is invited to give a plenary talk.

Meet the past laureates!

In 2019, the SIB Bioinformatics Awards were presented for the 10th time, providing a great occasion to reach out to past laureates and ask them where they are now in their career. Read our interviews with: Shijulal Nelson-Sathi (2015 Laureate)Joshua Payne (Laureate 2014)Anamaria Necsulea (2013 Laureate)Christophe Dessimoz (2012 Laureate); Nacho Molina (2011 Laureate); Aitana Lebrand (2010 Laureate); Lukas Burger (2009 Laureate)Zoltán Kutalik (2008 Laureate)

Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award

The Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award is a national award that recognises outstanding papers published by a graduate student in the area of in silico analysis of biological sequences, structures or processes.

The award carries a cash prize of CHF 5,000 and an award certificate. It is open to scientists currently carrying out a PhD or who obtained their PhD degree during the two years preceding the application deadline. The applicant must have studied in Switzerland for at least 6 months during their PhD. The paper must have been published or accepted for publication at the application deadline. If the candidate is not the first author of the paper, she/he will need to detail in the application her/his personal contributions. Applications for the award may be submitted by any SIB Group Leader or faculty of a Swiss University or Federal Institute of Technology, or by the candidate her/himself. In the latter case, the PhD supervisor or the last or corresponding author of the paper should provide a letter of support. The application for the award should include the applicant’s CV, a short summary of the paper and the paper itself. A jury composed of SIB Group Leaders and past laureates designates the new laureate who  receives the award during SIB’s [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, which usually takes place in September. By submitting their application, candidates agree in advance to take part in the [BC]2 conference if awarded, and the laureate is invited to give a plenary talk.

Meet the past laureates!

In 2019, the SIB Bioinformatics Awards were presented for the 10th time, providing a great occasion to reach out to past laureates and ask them where they are now in their career. Read our interviews with: José Aguilar-Rodríguez (2017 Laureate)Hannes Röst (2015 Laureate)Josephine Daub (2014 Laureate)Charles E. Vejnar (2013 Laureate)Slavica Dimitrieva (2013 Laureate)Christoph Zechner (2012 Laureate)Jakob Ruess (2012 Laureate)Guillaume Rey (2011 Laureate); Rajesh Ramaswamy (2010 Laureate); Julien Roux (2009 Laureate)

Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award

The Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award is an international award that recognises newly developed bioinformatics resources with an important impact on life science research or the clear potential to make such an impact.

The award carries a cash prize of CHF 10’000 and an award certificate. The award is open worldwide, to any new bioinformatics resource that is accessible online and has been formally published. The type of resource is not specified: it can be a database, an infrastructure, a code-base, an analysis framework, a visualization tool, etc. The resource should be breaking new grounds conceptually and/or technically, and must have had its first publication1 within the past five years at the most. The award money is given to the principal investigator, but is meant to support the entire team involved in the bioinformatics resource; it should be used for the benefit of the resource and its further development. The application for the award should include no more than two pages, and a short statement on how the resource will be maintained in the coming years. An international jury will review the applications and select the best entry. The winning team is announced during SIB’s [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, which usually takes place in September. One of the team members is invited to give a plenary talk to present the resource and its scientific background. The resource representative agrees in advance to participate in the [BC]2 conference, if awarded.

Meet the past laureates!

In 2019, the SIB Bioinformatics Awards were presented for the 10th time, providing a great occasion to reach out to past laureates and ask them where they are now in their career. Read our interviews with: Shameer Khader (2017 Laureate)Inanc Birol (2015 Laureate)

 

Past SIB Awards