EFIS/EJI Ita Askonas Award
The prize was established by EFIS and the European Journal of Immunology (EJI) to acknowledge female group leaders in immunology who have run an independent laboratory for a minimum of four and no more than eight years.
This prize consists of a €20,000 cash award, plus support for travel, accommodations and registration to attend the European Congress of Immunology (ECI). The laureate must be prepared to present her work at the ECI.
The EFIS-EJI Ita Askonas Prize was first awarded in 2009. The Prize laureates since then are
- 2009 - Prof. Fiona Powrie (Oxford, UK), nominated by the BSI and awarded at ECI 2009 in Berlin
- 2012 - Dr. Francesca Granucci (Milan, IT), nominated by the SIICA and awarded at ECI 2012 in Glasgow
- 2015 - Dr. Karin Tarte (Rennes, FR), nominated by the SFI and awarded at ECI 2015 in Vienna
- 2018 - Dr. Jenny Mjösberg (Stockholm, SE) and Prof. Anna Katherina (Katja) Simon (Oxford, UK), nominated, respectively, by the SSI and the DGFI and awarded ex aequo at ECI 2018 in Amsterdam
- 2021 - Dr. Christiane Opitz (Heidelberg, DE), nominated by the DGfI and awarded at Virtual ECI 2021
Eligibility: This award competition is open to female members of an EFIS-affilated National Society working in a European research institution. Candidates must have an outstanding track record of achievement in immunology. The EFIS Board will appoint an evaluation committee, which will review the nomination packages and decide upon the recipient of the Prize.
Nomination: Nominations must be submitted by an EFIS member society. EFIS Board Members are not eligible to nominate or recommend candidates; EFIS Board Members cannot be nominated. Please submit the nomination package by e-mail to the EFIS Secretary General and to the EFIS coordinator.
A complete nomination package must be received by June 1st, 2024.
Nomination instructions: Please submit the following in the nomination package:
- A nomination letter of not more than three pages submitted and signed by the president of the member society indicating the nominee’s qualifications for the award. The letter should describe the nominee’s contributions to research;
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae;
- A list of publications with title and complete citations, and evaluated according to the citation report of the ISI Web of Science (number of citations, h-factor).
- A list of the ten most important publications.