ALBA-Elsevier Award Lecture on Brain Sciences 2023

Expire le 30 mars 2023

This award was established in 2021 in order to recognise yearly research achievements of outstanding quality by an active scientist working at the frontiers of brain research, at any career stage PhD or MD onwards, in countries underrepresented among neuroscience publications and conferences. In addition to highlighting the awarded individual’s scientific excellence, this prize will support regional diversity and increase visibility of both the scientist and their institution.

Nomination: Deadline extended until 30 March 2023


  • The awardee receives 3000€ in prize money.
  • The 2023 ALBA-Elsevier Award Lecture will be delivered as a Special Lecture at the next biennial FENS Forum, Europe’s premier neuroscience event, taking place in Vienna in 2024. The lecture will be advertised by ALBA and by Elsevier.
  • Registration to the FENS Forum 2024 is waived and a lump sum of 1300€ is provided to contribute towards accommodation and travel to the Forum.

Eligibility: The award is open to active scientists of any origin, at any career stage PhD or MD onwards, working in a research institution in countries underrepresented1 among neuroscience publications and conferences.

Procedure: Candidates can either self-nominate or be nominated by fellow neuroscientists. Current members of the ALBA Board of Directors and ALBA Awards working group are ineligible for this award. Selection of the award winner will be made by an ad hoc committee set by the ALBA Network. The decision taken by the Selection committee is based on the outstanding quality of research achievements of candidates from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds. The successful candidate will be notified a month after the nomination deadline. Candidates who have not received notification by this date should assume that they have not been successful.

Candidates should submit the following:

  • CV which should include: list of publications, list of oral presentations at conferences or institutional seminars and lecturing experience
  • A proposed title and abstract (max 500 words) for their potential ALBA-Elsevier lecture
  • A short personal statement (max. one page) describing their eligibility and how this award will impact their career in science
  • A brief candidate endorsement by a prominent neuroscientist, outlining their suitability for the award, should accompany the nomination
1 Based on Elsevier’s authors’ metric per region and representation of countries in global neuroscience conferences in the past years, applications from individuals working in the following countries are NOT eligible: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA