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FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence
Mentoring Prize

FKNE
Mentoring
Prize

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Mentoring Prize is awarded every second year at the FENS Forum and honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership in fostering the careers of neuroscientists.

Personal prize money: 2.000 €

2022 Mentoring Prize
2020 Mentoring Prize
2018 Mentoring Prize
2016 Mentoring Prize

FKNE Mentoring Prize 2022

The Call for Nominations opens in December 2021

 

The FENS-Kavli Scholars aim to promote neuroscience and support early-career neuroscientists in Europe. We recognize that mentoring plays an essential role in fostering scientists, but mentoring efforts are often not recognized or rewarded in a scientific career.

This award will honor an individual who has demonstrated leadership in fostering the careers of neuroscientists.

Commitment to mentoring may be demonstrated for example by

  • recommendations from current and former students and postdocs;
  • evidence of support and encouragement of trainees experiencing personal or professional difficulties;
  • trainees career path and successes (both academic and non-academic);
  • evidence of assistance to junior colleagues outside of the immediate supervision (e.g. comments on grant proposals and manuscripts, experimental assistance, career advice).

The FKNE Mentoring Prize is sponsored by the FENS Committee of Higher Education and Training (CHET).

Eligibility

  • the nominee must be a neuroscientist with a PhD, MD or equivalent;
  • the nominee must currently be a head of a research laboratory in a FENS member country with responsibility for mentoring (for example supervising students, postdoctoral researchers or technicians);
  • the nominee has to be available to attend the FENS Forum 2022 (Paris, 9-13 July).

The nomination must include:

  • contact information of the proposer and the nominee;
  • a letter of recommendation from mentee(s) highlighting the mentoring activities of the nominee. More than one letter of recommendation is welcome. These can be combined into a single pdf and uploaded together;
  • contact details of two referees that the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Office could contact for further references.
For enquiries, please contact: excellence_network@fens.org

FKNE Mentoring Prize 2020

Professor Avishai Henik (University of Ben-Gurion University of The Negev, Israel) has been awarded the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Mentoring Prize for his outstanding contributions in facilitating the careers of neuroscientists in Europe. With this prize, the FENS-Kavli Scholars recognise the essential role of mentoring in building up a successful, healthy and innovative neuroscience community. They believe that mentoring facilitates both neuroscientists’ careers and scientific progress. 19 nominations came in from across Europe, all demonstrating an inspiring commitment to mentoring. Prof. Henik was nominated by current and former colleagues for going above and beyond in his efforts to teach and champion researchers. Professor Henik listens to his students, their needs, difficulties and suggestions and treats them all as equal team members. He induces enthusiasm and confidence in his students and postdocs and is able to bring the best in any of his mentees. Professor Henik aims at building a lab where all help each other and create a social atmosphere where people can see that science is fun, interesting and enjoyable.

Watch here the video featuring the Winner of the FKNE Mentoring Prize 2020

 

FKNE Mentoring Prize 2020

 Prof. Avishai Henik

 Ben-Gurion University of The Negev

 Israel

Download the Press Release

 

The FENS-Kavli Scholars aim to promote neuroscience and support early-career neuroscientists in Europe. We recognize that mentoring plays an essential role in fostering scientists, but mentoring efforts are often not recognized or rewarded in a scientific career.

The FKNE Mentoring Prize honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership in fostering the careers of neuroscientists.

The FKNE Mentoring Prize is sponsored by the FENS Committee of Higher Education and Training (CHET).

FKNE Mentoring Prize Awardee 2018

Professor Fotini Stylianopoulou (University of Athens) has been awarded the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) Mentoring Prize in 2018 for her outstanding contributions in facilitating the careers of neuroscientists in Europe.  FENS-Kavli Scholars recognise the essential of role mentoring in facilitating both careers of neuroscientists and also in scientific progress and founded this prize to recognise and promote outstanding mentoring. 30 nominations came in from across Europe, all demonstrating an inspiring commitment to mentoring. Prof. Stylianopoulou was nominated by current and former colleagues for going above and beyond in her efforts to teach and champion researchers, showing them that “the sky is the limit” and that “a true scientist never stops inquiring, combining information, seeing beyond the obvious and the dogma, but most importantly listening to what others have to say no matter if they are colleagues or undergraduate students.” Along with the stellar support of direct trainees, Prof Stylianopoulou has made an enormous difference to the European Neuroscience community. She was a pioneer of neuroscience research and teaching in Greece being one of the first people to teach neuroscience to graduate students in Greece and a founding member and former president of the Hellenic Society for Neurosicence. Prof. Stylianopoulou has also served as Secretary General of FENS, demonstrating her commitment to fostering neuroscience careers both in her own laboratory and throughout the world community.

The FENS-Kavli Scholars aim to promote neuroscience and support early-career neuroscientists in Europe. We recognize that mentoring plays an essential role in fostering scientists, but mentoring efforts are often not recognized or rewarded in a scientific career.

The FKNE Mentoring Prize honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership in fostering the careers of neuroscientists.

The FKNE Mentoring Prize is sponsored by the FENS Committee of Higher Education and Training (CHET).

FKNE Mentoring Prize 2016

Prof. David Attwell, Fellow of the Royal Society (University College London) has been awarded the inaugural FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Mentoring Prize in 2016 for his outstanding contributions to mentoring the careers of neuroscientists. This prize was funded because FENS-Kavli Scholars recognize that mentoring plays an essential role in fostering the career development, but mentoring efforts are often not recognized or rewarded in a scientific career. Close to 30 nominations were submitted from across Europe. Professor Attwell, Jodrell Professor of Physiology at University College London (UCL), was nominated by current and former mentees who praised his strong support throughout their careers. His students and postdocs are personally trained in all aspects of scientific rigour and thought, they are encouraged to present their work at excellent conferences, and are guided in writing papers, theses, and grant applications. Prof. Attwell aids trainees in planning their career progression and provides personal, as well as professional, support. The many letters of support for the nomination also cited Prof. Attwell’s strong mentoring of scientists through the difficult transition into juggling parenthood and a scientific career. Along with supporting his direct trainees, Prof. Attwell has started a world class PhD programme in neuroscience at UCL, which improves the choice of PhD project and mentor for students by integrating lab rotations. This is the most competitive neuroscience PhD programme in the UK with high level of success for students. Prof. Attwell also participates in public engagements and hosts school children in his lab.

The FENS-Kavli Scholars aim to promote neuroscience and support early-career neuroscientists in Europe. We recognize that mentoring plays an essential role in fostering scientists, but mentoring efforts are often not recognized or rewarded in a scientific career.

The FKNE Mentoring Prize honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership in fostering the careers of neuroscientists.

The FKNE Mentoring Prize is sponsored by the FENS Committee of Higher Education and Training (CHET).