Launched in 2000, the FEMS-Lwoff award rewards those that create high quality knowledge that helps to solve today’s societal problems around microbiology. It was named in honour of the 1st FEMS President (1974-1976), Professor André M. Lwoff.
- a prize-lecture at the opening ceremony of the FEMS Congress – with up to five free registrations to the FEMS Congress
- the opportunity to present research to the wider microbiology community via the FEMS Journals and FEMS communication channels
- a commemorative silver medal
- a working replica of an Antonie van Leeuwenhoek microscope
- an honorarium of €1000
Making a nomination
Everyone in the field of microbiology (societies, groups, or individuals) may nominate a Lwoff Award candidate (before 10 March 2020) to be presented at the FEMS2021 Congress
Do you know anyone – either an individual or a group – that has provided outstanding service to microbiology in Europe? Have they done something that deserves recognition? Then why not nominate them for the FEMS-Lwoff Award?
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