Application Deadline: June 3, 2024

The Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB, Australasia), the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF, UK) and the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR, North America) are delighted to announce that nominations are requested for the 2024 RV Short Medal and Lecture. This is the second year of this exciting new initiative and re-nominations from last year that fit the criteria are also welcome. This unique award is designed to recognize emerging early career researchers across the globe

 Roger Short was an inspirational reproductive biologist and his depth of insight into so many aspects of reproductive biology research was truly astonishing. Throughout his career, Roger was hugely supportive of early career researchers and this award is designed to recognize emerging research leaders that possess the same spirit of discovery, creativity, and imagination as Roger himself.

The initiative has been developed by Marilyn Renfree, Jock Findlay and the Presidents/Chairs of the SRB, SSF and SSR.

Award Criteria:

The RV Short Medal and Lecture will be awarded annually to an innovative young researcher who has made outstanding discoveries in the field of reproductive science within a period up to 10 years of establishing their independence. The intent of the award is to recognize those who possess the spirit of discovery, creativity and imagination epitomized by the career of Roger Short.

The following guidelines for nominations apply:

  • Any member of the SSR, SRB or SRF may nominate a candidate, irrespective of the candidate’s country of origin or whether or not the candidate has been nominated for or received a society award.
  • Nominations are to be submitted online to the award website on each society’s web page by the closing date, normally at least 6 months before the time of the lecture.
  • The award committee will select the medalist from the nominations received, irrespective of the candidate’s country of origin.
  • It is expected that the candidate is, or will become, a member of one of the Societies.
  • A previous RV Short medalist is not eligible for nomination.
  • To avoid any conflict of interest, a member of the award committee must declare any personal relationship with a nominated candidate and cannot nominate a person for the Award.
  • The candidate must agree to be nominated and to any audio-visual requirements in conjunction with the award. 
  • Previous applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to re-apply.

Roger Short Medal and Lecture Winners

Niamh Forde – 2023 Recipient of the Inaugural Roger Short Medal and Lecture

On behalf of SSR, SRF and SRB, the SSR Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that one of its members, Professor Niamh Forde of the University of Leeds, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the 2023 RV Short Medal and Lecture. As stated by Richard Lea, Chair of the SRF Council, “The selection committee representing the three societies recognized that Niamh’s contributions to reproductive biology research personify the creativity and spirit of discovery of the late Professor Roger Short”.

Read the press release issued by all three societies here.

Niamh is a professor of Molecular Reproductive Biosciences at the University of Leeds and is a global leader in uterine biology. Her research has improved our understanding of the molecular signals between the embryo/conceptus and uterine endometrium.

Congratulations Niamh and thank you for being such a wonderful image of the committed reproductive biologist.

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