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EMBO Gold Medal

For outstanding life scientists in the early stages of their careers

Nominate for the Gold Medal

Eligible candidates:

Life scientists who are currently working in one of the EMBC Member States and who are under the age of 40 years, or within ten years of having obtained their PhD or equivalent on the day of the deadline for nominations (1 February) and have at least one senior author paper. Candidates can be nominated a maximum of three times within their eligibility period.

Please note:

  • For female candidates with children, both eligibility criteria are automatically extended by one year per child.
  • For male candidates with children, the limits can be extended by the actual time taken off as paternity leave or – if their partner is working at least 80% FTE – by three months per child, whichever is longer. 
  • Severe illness and extended military service are considered as exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. If the proposer feels that the circumstances warrant an extension of the eligibility periods for their candidate, we suggest that they contact the EMBO Office for advice before submitting the nomination.


Only EMBO Members and EMBO Young Investigators can nominate candidates for the medal. Renominations require a new, updated application. To be considered, a nomination must be supported by one proposer (EMBO Member or Young Investigator) and two sponsors (EMBO Members), and must include:

  1. Nomination form
  2. CV of the proposed candidate
  3. Individual statements (letters of support) from the proposer and the two sponsors, indicating why they believe the candidate should be considered for the medal.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 1 February.

Candidates for EMBO Membership can be nominated for the Gold Medal simultaneously.

Selection of the winner:

The EMBO Council will be responsible for selecting the winner of the medal. The EMBO Director and the Secretary General are observers of the EMBO Gold Medal selection committee.