UKSB Prizes

Every year there are prizes given out for those showing excellence in their work, dedication and ambition to further biomaterials research. This year we are establishing new awards for Lab-2-Lab collaborations and travel awards for UKSB and ESB.

Postgraduate Prizes are awarded to the best poster and oral presentation at the annual conference.

The President’s Prize aims to recognise outstanding contributions during a lifetime career to the UK Biomaterials field.

Alan Wilson Memorial Lecture Award celebrates the life and career of the outstanding dental materials scientist Dr Alan Wilson OBE (1928-2011), we are awarding this prize to recognise the work and contribution of the awardee, who will be an individual scientist who has contributed significantly to the field of biomaterials science in dentistry (including maxillo-facial repair). The awardee will be given the costs of registration, accommodation (1 night) and standard class travel, and a commemorative certificate will be awarded.

Larry Hench Young Investigators Prize is a £500 prize to a promising young research scientist in recognition of outstanding and innovative contributions in a selected field of biomaterials research.

Criteria: Evidence of peer reviewed publications, outstanding contribution and demonstrable research in the field of biomaterials or related areas, some experience in presenting at international and national conferences. To be eligible you must be no more than 7 years post final degree award. Please refer to the eligibility criteria.

UKSB Sponsored Lab-2-Lab Awards:

This award is open to all UKSB members and will provide up to £500 per award to facilitate interactions between 2 or more labs and the development of new collaborations. Applicant’s from all labs (1 per lab) must be UKSB members. The money can be used to carry out an experiment or to pay for travel between labs that is required to establish a new collaboration. Applicants must provide a brief 1 page application stating names of UKSB members that are applying for the award, what activity/experiments the award would support, potential outcome and a justification of cost.

Successful applicants will be required to produce an article/BLOG that will appear on the UKSB website and associated social media.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis – batching dates are 1st Jan and 1st August. The UKSB council may consider awards submitted between these dates as appropriate.

Applications should be emailed to Applications should be emailed to

Travel Awards

UKSB Annual Conference

The UKSB council are delighted to announce the provision of competitive Travel Bursaries for PhD students who wish to attend and present at this year’s UKSB conference. The Bursaries will cover registration and up to £300 for accommodation and travel. To apply for this award you must provide a 200 word statement justifying why this bursary is required and commit to presenting an oral presentation at the conference and producing a short article/BLOG for the UKSB website.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

Applications should be emailed to

European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) Travel Awards

The UKSB council are delighted to announce the provision of Travel Bursaries for PhD students who have been accepted for an oral presentation and wish to attend this year’s ESB conference in September. Awards of up to £500 are available to enable you to attend the conference. To apply for the award you must send a copy of the accepted abstract (oral presentation) with a supporting statement of 500 words maximum, stipulating how this award will support you and how attending the conference will be used to develop your research and career. In addition to acknowledging the support of the UKSB winners will be expected to produce a short article/BLOG detailing how the award has benefited them and their research.

The deadline for this scheme will be in line with the dates when ESB abstract submissions are finalised.

Applications should be emailed to

Please see here for previous award winner blogs.

Postgraduate Prize Winner

2021 Joint CDT/UKSB Future Leaders Conference

  • Best oral presentation: Elliot Croft (Technologies for Healthy Ageing CDT)
  • Second oral presentation: Devon Crouch (Technologies for Healthy Ageing CDT)
  • Best poster flash presentation: Rebecca Davies (Keele, CDT in Regen Med)
  • Second poster flash presentation: Seb Doherty-Boyd (lifETIME CDT)
  • Best poster: Tasmin Nahar (Keele, CDT in Regen Med)
  • Second poster: Melissa Cheung (Loughborough, CDT in Regen Med)

2020 Joint CDT/UKSB Future Leaders Virtual Event

  • Best oral presentation: Elisa Tarsitano
  • Second oral presentation: Paul Humphreys and Angharad Evans
  • Third oral presentation: Marlene Poleres and Faye Bolan
  • Best poster flash: Matthew Kibble (Manchetser University)
  • Second poster flash: Caroline Taylor (University of Sheffield)
  • Third poster flash: Caitlin Jackson (University of Sheffield)


  • Best oral presentation: Daniel Merryweather (Loughborough University)
  • Second oral presentation prize: Morgan Lowther (University of Birmingham) & Jeremy Mortimer (University of Edinburgh)
  • Best poster presentation: Laurissa Havins (Loughborough University )
  • Second poster presentation prize: Kathryn Thomas (University of Nottingham)


  • Best oral presentation: Matthew Wadge (University of Nottingham)
  • Second best oral presentation: Joanna Ward (Ulster University)
  • Best poster presentation: Irill Ishak (University of Bristol)
  • Second best poster presentation: Sophie Louthm(University of Birmingham)
  • Image competition winner: Joshua Jenkins (University of Bristol)
  • ESB Travel Award: Selina Beal


  • Best oral presentation: Katherine Pitrolino (University of Nottingham)
  • Second oral presentation prize: Caroline Taylor (University of Sheffield)
  • Best poster presentation: Thomas Paterson (University of Sheffield)
  • Second poster presentation prize: Marta Alvarez-Paino (University of Nottingham)


  • Best oral presentation:
  • Best poster presentation:
  • Image Competition Winner: Matt Dunn, Keele University


  • Best oral presentation: Dave Bishop, Ulster University.
  • Best poster presentation: Neil Eisenstein, University of Birmingham.


  • Best oral presentation: Shivani Kasbekar, University of Liverpool.
  • Best poster presentation: Bryan Stuart, University of Nottingham.


  • Best oral presentation: Richard Williams, University of Birmingham.
  • Runner up oral presentation: Henry Lancashire, UCL.
  • Best poster presentation: Alistair Bannerman, University of Birmingham.
  • Runner up poster presentation: Abigail Norton, University of Birmingham.
  • Royal Microscopical Society award: Rupert Wright, University of Keele.
  • Larry Hench/UKSB Travel Bursary: David Bishop, University of Ulster.


  • Best oral presentation: Felicity De Cogan, University of Manchester AND Joseph Lacey, University of Brighton.
  • Best poster presentation: Na Han, University of Nottingham.
  • Royal Microscopical Society award: Natasha Bhuiyan, University of Manchester.
  • Larry Hench/UKSB Travel Bursary: Sophie Cox, University of Warwick.


  • Best oral presentation: Uchena Wudebwe, University of Birmingham.
  • Best poster presentation: Lindsey McManus, University of Ulster.


  • Best oral presentation: Joseph Lacey, University of Brighton.
  • Best poster presentation: Muhammad Hasan, University of Nottingham.


  • Best oral presentation: Sharon Murphy, Cork Institute of Technology.
  • Best poster presentation: Ashish Mathur, University of Ulster.
  • Most novel use of materials (poster prize): Jie Gao, University of Manchester.
  • Royal Microscopy Society Award: Alan Brown, University of Ulster.


  • Best oral presentation: Eoin Cunningham, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Best poster presentation: Kate Thornton, University of Manchester. Runner up: Wen Lin Chai, University of Sheffield.
  • Royal Microscopy Society Award: Timothy Marriott, University of Nottingham.


  • Best oral presentation: Elise Pegg, University of Nottingham and DJ Hadden, University of Aberdeen.
  • Best poster presentation: Peter Felstead, University of Nottingham.


  • Best oral presentation: Keyvan Moharamzadeh, University of Sheffield.
  • Best poster presentation: Rebecca Goodchild, University of Sheffield.
  • e-poster competition winner: Julian George, Imperial College London.


  • Best oral presentation: Jaynath Katta, University of Leeds.
  • Best poster presentation: Deepak Kalaskar, University of Manchester.
  • e-poster competition winner: Wilda Helen, University of Manchester.

Larry Hench Young Investigators Prize Winners​

2019: Dr Asha Patel, Imperial College London.
2018: Dr Anthony Herbert, University of Leeds.
2017: Dr. Adam D. Celiz, Imperial College London.
2016: Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Newcastle University.
2015: Dr Jennifer Paxton, University of Edinburgh.
2014: Dr Manus Biggs, NUI Galway.
2013: Dr Lucy Bosworth, University of Manchester.
2012: Dr Ifty Ahmed, University of Nottingham.

Presidents Prize Winners

2019: Professor Kevin Shakesheff, University of Nottingham.
2018: Professor Rachel Williams, University of Liverpool.
2017: Professor Ruth Cameron, University of Cambridge.
2016: Professor John Nicholson, London and Queen Mary University London.
2015: Professor Serena Best, University of Cambridge.
2014: Professor Sheila MacNeil, University of Sheffield.
2013: Professor John Fisher, University of Leeds.
2012: Professor Mohan Edirisinghe, UCL.
2011: Professor David Watts, University of Manchester.
2010: Professor Brian Meenan, University of Ulster.
2009: Professor Liz Tanner, University of Glasgow.
2008: Professor Jim Courtney, University of Strathclyde.
2007: Professor Peter Revell, Royal Free Hospital, University College London.
2006: Professor Adam Curtis, University of Glasgow.
2005: Professor Larry Hench, Imperial College London.
2004: Professor Bill Bonfield, University of Cambridge.
2003: Professor David Williams, University of Liverpool.
2002: Professor Brian Tighe, University of Birmingham.

Alan Wilson Memorial Lecture Award Winners​

2019: Professor David Wood, University of Leeds.
2018: Professor Peter Marquis, University of Birmingham.
2017: Professor David Watts, University of Manchester.
2016: Professor Richard van Noort, University of Sheffield.
2015: Professor Jonathan Knowles, Eastman Dental Institute.
2014: Professor Paul Hatton, University of Sheffield.
2013: Professor Robert Hill, Queen Mary University of London.
2012: Professor John Nicholson, St Mary’s University.

The Biocompatibles Endowed Prize is no longer awarded, however it recognised those with an industrial link to their research who made significant contributions to the UK Biomaterials field.

2013: Dr Karin Hing, Queen Mary University.
2012: Dr Irene Turner, University of Bath.
2011: Professor Kevin Shakesheff, University of Nottingham.
2010: Professor Jonathan Knowles, Eastman Dental Institute, UCL.
2009: Professor David Grant, University of Nottingham.
2008: Dr Sanjukta Deb, King’s College London.
2007: Dr Rachel Williams, University of Liverpool.
2006: Professor John Fisher, University of Leeds.
2005: Professor Andrew Lloyd, University of Brighton.
2004: Professor Robert Short, University of Sheffield.
2003: Professor Paul Hatton, University of Sheffield.