SPBD prize for best PhD thesis in developmental biology

With the aim of stimulating and rewarding the work performed by our community of PhD students, the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology (SPBD) is launching a prize to be awarded to the best PhD thesis in the field of Developmental Biology, for its outstanding quality and achievement.  The prize will distinguish a PhD thesis defended during 2016/2017, describing work performed mainly at a Portuguese research institution. The SPBD board urges all eligible candidates to apply (nominations close on May 31st 2018), following the rules made available at the SPBD website.  It is the intention of the SPBD that the prize will be awarded on a regular basis after this first edition.

1 – In this edition only theses reporting to 2016 and 2017 may apply.  This means the thesis defense must have taken place from January 1st 2016 to December 31st 2017.  Candidates must be SPBD members at the time of nomination.

2 – It is responsibility of the candidate to ensure that all documents (in PDF format) are sent before the deadline (May 31st 2018) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Nominations require the following parts:

2.1. A digital version of the thesis.

2.2. By the candidate, a description (up to 6,000 characters with spaces) of main findings and their impact to the research field.

2.3. A letter of support (up to 3,000 characters with spaces) sent independently by the PhD thesis supervisor, stating why the student deserves such award.  This letter must also describe the status of publications arising/expected from the thesis work.

3 – The decision will be the sole responsibility of a committee of three experts nominated by and external to the SPBD board.  It is responsibility of the committee to decide on the eligibility of nominated theses, considering the specific research subject.

4 – The winner will be notified by September 30th 2018, and the prize will be awarded during the joint meeting with the Spanish and French societies in November.