Emerging Talent SRUK/CERU Award 2016

    The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) announces the first “Emerging talent SRUK/CERU Award”. The objective of this award is to recognize and support a promising young Spanish researcher who has developed his/her career in the UK, as well as to facilitate the dissemination of the prize-winner´s research to both Spanish and British societies. This Award is sponsored by the Banco Santander Foundation under its “Young Talent” programme. The “Young Talent” programme includes fellowships and specific actions and was created with the purpose of funding the most innovative projects carried out by young scientists.

    Candidates for the Award can submit their own application or be nominated by a SRUK/CERU member or by an organisation/entity such as the Spanish and British Universities and Research Centres, the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs at the Spanish Embassy in the United Kingdom, the Spanish Education Office in the United Kingdom, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and the Banco Santander Foundation.

    Award: It will consist of £14,000 to be invested in any aspect necessary for the development of the prize-winner´s career such as research-related tasks, acquisition of equipment, dissemination of recent results, specialized training for the researcher, family and working life balance support, etc. The prize-winner will also receive a commemorative sculpture made by the Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias.

    Requirements for candidates:

    1. The candidate must demonstrate his/her research activity in Natural Sciences and Engineering.
    2. The candidate must be of Spanish nationality and have spent at least 3 years of his/her research career in the United Kingdom.
    3. The candidate must be under 40 or have obtained their PhD less than 10 years ago (by the date of the application deadline). Career breaks due to maternity leave (up to 12 months per child), paternity leave, adoption, serious sickness, or caring responsibilities will be taken into consideration (certifying documents will be required).
    4. The candidate cannot have received the award in previous years.

    Deadline for applications: 30 April 2016

    Documents required: The applicants need to send the following documents, in English, to awards@sruk.org.uk.

    1. Application form.
    2. Nomination form (if the candidate is nominated by an entity/organization or a SRUK/CERU member).
    3. A report explaining the candidate´s most important achievements in his/her research career (maximum 2 pages A4, font Arial 11, 2 cm margin).
    4. Motivation letter (maximum 2 pages A4, font Arial 11, 2 cm margin) explaining how the candidate will make use of the prize (research, dissemination, training, help for family-working life balance…) and the impact the award will have on the development of the candidate´s research career.
    5. Curriculum vitae (maximum 4 pages).
    6. Two reference letters by senior researchers in the discipline of the candidate supporting the applicant.

    All these documents must be sent in one pdf file to awards@sruk.org.uk.

    If the candidate is nominated, the nominating SRUK/CERU member or entity/organisation must fill in the “nomination form”, ask the nominee to provide the rest of the documents and send everything in a pdf file to awards@sruk.org.uk.

    Evaluation: The applications will be assessed by designated senior researchers and the award decided on by a jury composed of members of the Board of Directors of SRUK/CERU, members of the Banco Santander Foundation and other partner institutions. The recipient of the “Emerging talent SRUK/CERU Award 2016” will be informed in May 2016.

    The evaluation will take into consideration the following criteria:

    1. Importance of the candidate´s research work in his/her research field (40%).
    2. The candidate´s career progression after obtaining their PhD (40%).
    3. Motivation and impact of the award for the candidate´s research career (20%).

    Award ceremony: It will take place in an emblematic location in the United Kingdom, in the presence of the Director of Banco Santander Foundation and the President of SRUK. The date will be agreed on by the organization and the prize-winner. The ceremony will include the presentation of the award and a talk given by the winner about his/her work and professional career. A reception and networking event will be held at the end of the ceremony. The prize-winner´s travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.

    For more information, please contact awards@sruk.org.uk.

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    Emerging Talent SRUK/CERU Award 2016 winner

    Eva Hevia

    Professor in Inorganic Chemistry
    University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)

    Originally from Gijón (Spain), Eva Hevia is currently a Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. She received both her MSci degree in Chemistry and her Ph.D. degree from the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain) in 1998 and 2002 respectively. After a three-year postdoctoral period at the University of Strathclyde working with Robert Mulvey, as a Marie Curie Fellow, in 2006 she took up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and Lectureship there. Subsequently she was promoted to Senior lecturer in 2010, Reader in 2011 and as a Professor in 2013. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the area and to date her research has been recognised with the Harrison-Meldola Memorial Medal and Prize (2009) and the Sigma-Aldrich Emerging Investigators Award awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) respectively. Currently she also holds an ERC-Starting Grant.

    Eva would like to make strategic use of the SRUK Emerging Talent Award funds to further strengthen her two-way links with the Spanish scientific community as well as raising the profile of main group organometallic chemistry in Spain, a cutting-edge area which is currently under represented in the national landscape of science, but one with enormous potential for benefitting humankind. Thus, part of the money will be spent on a tour of seminars by different departments of Chemistry of Spanish universities and conferences that not only promote research in their field but also will lead to new collaborations with Spanish groups. The remaining of the money will be used in two scholarships for promising graduate Spanish students to carry out a research project for three months in her research group. These grants will assist students to gain experience and knowledge in an area of great importance in chemistry, live and work in a stimulating international environment and export the lived and learned to Spain.

    Emerging Talent SRUK/CERU Award 2016 Finalists

    Xavier Moya, Royal Society University Research Fellow and Principal Investigator, University of Cambridge

    Maria del Carmen Gimenez-Lopez, Assistant Professor in Materials Chemistry, University of Nottingham

    Pau Figueras, Lecturer and Principal Investigator, Queen Mary University of London

    David Fairen-Jimenez, Royal Society -University Research Fellow and Group Leader, University of Cambridge

    SRUK Emerging Talent Award evaluation panel

    Ginés Morata, Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa (UAM-CSIC)

    Alfonso Martinez Arias, University of Cambridge
    Alicia Hidalgo, University of Birmingham
    Juan Martin-Serrano, King’s College London
    José Antonio Carrillo de la Plata, Imperial College London
    José Luis Mascareñas, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
    Javier García Martínez, Universidad de Alicante
    Francisco Guinea, IMDEA Nanoscience, Madrid
    Mara Dierssen, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona

    52 applications were received and assessed by a designated scientific committee. Based on the evaluations of this scientific panel, the award recipient was decided by a jury composed by Eduardo Oliver (President of SRUK representing the Board of Directors), María Jiménez Sánchez (Vice-president of SRUK representing the SRUK Awards Committee), Ginés Morata (Chair of the Emerging Talent Award Evaluation panel), Borja Baselga (CEO of the Banco Santander Foundation), Raimundo Pérez-Hernández (CEO of the Ramón Areces Foundation), José Ignacio Fernández Vera (CEO of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology-FECYT) and Fernando Villalonga (Counsellor for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom).