The Waddington Medal, the only national award in developmental biology, is awarded for outstanding research performance as well as services to the subject community. The medal is awarded annually at the BSDB Spring Meeting, where the recipient presents the Waddington Medal Lecture. Potential recipients may be nominated by BSDB members.
Conrad Waddington was a leading British embryologist and geneticist who was highly influential in the development of both subjects during the 1930s through to the 1960s. He stressed the importance of genes and the control of gene activity in embryonic development even before the chemical nature of the gene was discovered. He had started his career as a palaeontologist , and the design on the medal shows an ammonite (see above), a type of animal whose shell structure reveals its entire life history. On the other side is a snake eating its tail, symbolising feedback control, and a Greek inscription meaning “one entity incorporates into itself all other entities of the universe.”
Congratulations to Alfonso Martinez Arias (Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge), who received the 2012 Waddington medal at the Spring Meeting in Warwick. Alfonso’s research interests can be broadly encapsulated as the study of information processing by cells during development. Specific areas of interest include the interactions between signalling pathways, the generation and control of transcriptional noise during development and cell and tissue dynamics during development.
- 2011 Christopher Wylie
- 2010 Robin Lovell-Badge
- 2009 Liz Robertson
- 2008 Pat Simpson
- 2007 David Ish-Horowicz
- 2006 Claudio Stern
- 2005 Michael Akam
- 2004 Jeff Williams
- 2003 Julian Lewis
- 2002 Jonathan Slack
- 2001 Mike Bate
- 2000 Peter Lawrence
- 1999 Rosa Beddington
- 1998 Cheryll Tickle
Nominations for the Waddington Medal
Nominees should be outstanding developmental biologists who have made a significant contribution to UK developmental biology and who are still currently active in the field. Examples of significant contribution to UK developmental biology include: activity in the community, mentoring UK developmental biologists, and contributing to a significant textbook or other aspect of teaching and/or training.
The following nomination procedure has been agreed by the Committee:
- Formal nominations should be made to the BSDB Secretary by the closing deadline each year, but can be received at any time.
- Nominations should consist of a statement of support (maximum 1 page A4) from a Proposer and Seconder (both Society members), stating why the candidate is suitable for the Medal, giving a brief summary of his/her career history and listing five key publications.
- All nominations received will be considered, and voted upon, by the Committee at the end of July each year.
- The winner will be invited to present the Waddington Medal lecture at the following BSDB Spring Meeting, where the medal will be presented by the Chairman.