QSAR 2021 Awards

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Student/Post-Doc Best Abstract Awards

The International Council of Chemical Associations Long-Range Research Initiative (ICCA-LRI) announces the opportunity for Student/Post-Doc Best Abstract Awards for the 19th International Workshop on (Quantitative) Structure-Activity Relationships in Environmental and Health Sciences (QSAR 2021): From QSAR to New Approach Methodologies (NAMs).

Award Details and Requirements:

Applicants must be an undergraduate student, graduate student, or post-doctoral fellow who have submitted an abstract to present a platform talk or poster. Each applicant may submit only one abstract for award consideration. A total of three awards for best abstract will be given by the ICCA- LRI, one each from applicants from North America, Europe, and Japan. Awards will include complimentary registration to QSAR 2021, complimentary registration to the next international QSAR conference, and a plaque.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

Application Process:

To apply, please e-mail a copy of the abstract submitted to QSAR 2021 and a letter of support from the candidate's major advisor (as a single PDF file) to: ICCA-LRI QSAR 2021 Student/Post- Doc Award at QSAR2021@icf.com. Awards will be announced in March 2021.

For more information about QSAR 2021, please reach out to QSAR2021@icf.com with any questions.

International QSAR Awards

These awards are considered in conjunction with the biannual series of International Workshops on (Quantitative) Structure-Activity Relationships in Environmental and Health Sciences. The 19th Workshop - QSAR 2021 - will be held in a dynamic, virtual format on June 7-10, 2021.

While the workshop series, since its conception in 1973, has focused on promoting the development and use of (quantitative) structure-activity relationships (QSARs), it has evolved into a more theme-based scientific conference that includes any non-animal method/ new approach methodologies, with a focus on in silico methods.

As part of the 19th Workshop, nominees for three possible awards are being solicited. Nominees are expected to be registered attendees or have previously supported/registered for the conference.

Nomination Process:

  • Submission of a signed Letter of Nomination from a nominator - a senior scientist with sufficient knowledge of the nominee and their area of expertise. The nominator should be able to attest to the scientific contribution of the nominee in developing or applying any methods that could be used to support product development, chemical hazard or risk assessment that avoids animal testing, e.g. in silico alternatives, new approach methodologies etc. 
  • Submission of a Curriculum Vitae of the nominee (please refer to separate instructions for format and requirements for the CV).
  • Both documents should be simultaneously submitted electronically to QSAR2021@icf.com. Please include in the subject line: “Award Nomination” and category (e.g. Lifetime).

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award nominees must be distinguished scientists who have made substantial and seminal scientific contributions to the field of non-animal testing methods, especially in silico ones. The winner should be an active scientist involved in relevant research and must have worked at least 30 years in the field after receiving their highest degree (e.g., PhD).

Mid-career Achievement Award

Mid-career Achievement nominees are expected to have made significant scientific contributions to the field of non-animal testing methods, especially in silico ones. The winner should be an active scientist involved in relevant research and must be more than 15 years, but less than 30 years, from having received their highest degree (e.g., PhD).

Promising Early Career Award

Promising Early Career Award nominees should be able to demonstrate significant contributions to the field of non-animal testing methods and show promise in continuing to have a meaningful role in the field. The winner should be an active scientist involved in relevant research and must be more than 5 years, but less than 15 years, from having received their highest degree (e.g., PhD).

Selection Process

  • A committee of scientists working in the field will individually assess the Letter of Nomination and CV for each candidate, producing a rank order for submissions from each category.
  • A cumulative score will be generated, based on the rank order from each assessor, with the winner being determined by the highest score.

Awards

All winners will receive:

  • A Commemorative Plaque 
  • Recognition in the Workshop program and on the QSAR 2021 website
  • Recognition during virtual awards luncheon

In addition, the journal ATLA (Alternatives to Laboratory Animals; https://journals.sagepub.com/home/atl) is proud to sponsor a monetary award of £250 for the winner of the Promising Early Career Award.

For more information about QSAR 2021 Awards, please reach out to QSAR2021@icf.com with any questions.