We are proud to be able to provide the following awards for the recognition at the Biomag2018 meeting

James Zimmerman Prize. (JZP)

This award reflects the pioneering contribution of Dr Zimmerman in the field of superconducting electronics. The primary criterion for the JZP is significant contribution to novel SQUID-based and new generation of sensor developments, and applications in the field of biomagnetism.

Candidates for the James Zimmerman Prize should be nominated by Dec 31st  2017, with nominations accompanied by at least 3 letters of reference/support. The award decision should be made approx. 6 months prior to the meeting (Feb 28th 2018), where the award presentation should be accompanied by a scientific presentation given by the awardee during the Biomag meeting. The prize itself should be composed of a stipend (jointly funded by Biomag and IFMBE) as well as complementary registration, reasonable travel expenses and the keynote award presentation. A plaque commemorating the event will be awarded. Additionally, an opportunity to present at the World Congress (WC) on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. According to the JZP charter, ‘’If it would be possible for the winner to present his/her research at both events (WC and BIOMAG) this will be cordially supported in order to promote research in the field of biomagnetism and the IFMBE would contribute to travel expenses and ask the WC organizers to waive the registration fee for the World Congress.”

Mid Career Award (MCA).

This award is in recognition of sustained and devoted contributions to the field by a mid-career investigator. Although not formally required, guidelines for eligibility might include >10 but <20 years of continuous effort in the field, significant evidence of peer-reviewed support and exemplary impact on the field. The prize itself has historically been provided by an anonymous donor to the field, but should be in the form of a significant cash award ($5000 in 2018).

Nominations for the Biomag MCA award should consist of three letters of recommendation submitted (along with the candidate’s formal credentials, i.e. CV) at least 4 months in advance of the annual meeting (Deadline: March 31st 2018).

Please submit nomination materials for the JZP and MCA awards directly to Dr Roberts at robertstim@email.chop.edu

Young Investigator Awards.
Up to 3 Biomag Young Investigator Awards ($1000 each) will be provided, based on the quality of the submitted abstract and the oral/poster presentation. Eligibility for such awards should target young investigators, embarking on a career in Biomagnetism (but showing evidence of independence from their mentor(s)). Although not rigidly defined (due to local differences) it is expected that the YIA recipients would be post-doctoral fellows or junior faculty members at their institution. Candidacy for YIA consideration should be self-determined, and elected at the time of abstract submission. Based on abstract submissions, a shortlist of YIA finalists will be selected to give oral presentations during a dedicated scientific session at the meeting. During those presentations, the final decision of the YIA recipients will be made.

Biomag Platinum/Gold Sponsor Student Travel Awards.

It is imperative to our field to encourage the participation of trainees and emerging scientists. Thanks to the generosity of benefactors at the Platinum and Gold level, we propose to encourage the participation of younger members of the scientific community (pre-PhD, MD) through the award of travel stipends. In concert with the Scientific Program Committee, the awards committee will determine awardees based on the quality of the submitted abstract (Deadline Dec 31st 2017). Candidates for student travel award consideration should self-declare at the time of abstract submission. 10-20 awards be offered, waiving registration fees and offering a stipend of $500 towards travel expenses. These awards should be decided upon, and announced, 6 months ahead of the meeting date (Feb 28th 2018) – (1) to allow travel plans to be made and (2) to alert the scientific community of the awardee presentations, which will be specially designated. The possibility of applying for both YIA and Student Travel Awards is not excluded.

Biomag Platinum/Gold Sponsor Emerging Nations Travel wards.

It is imperative to our field to encourage the full participation of the international community. Thanks to the generosity of benefactors at the Platinum and Gold level, we propose to encourage the participation of members of the scientific community from emerging nations through the award of travel stipends. In concert with the Scientific Program committee, the awards committee will determine awardees based on the quality of the submitted abstract (Deadline Dec 31st 2017). Candidates for emerging nations travel award consideration should declare at the time of abstract submission. Demonstration of national financial hardship must be offered (to be validated by the Awards committee). It is anticipated that up to 5 awards be offered, waiving registration fees and offering a stipend of $500 towards travel expenses. These awards should be decided upon, and announced, 6 months ahead of the meeting date (Feb 28th 2018– (1) to allow travel plans to be made and (2) to alert the scientific community of the awardee presentations, which will be specially designated. The possibility of applying for both YIA and Emerging Nations Travel Awards is not excluded.

Data Analysis Competition

An emerging highlight at Biomag meetings has been the Competition amongst data analysis teams to solve a challenge centering on source localization / time-frequency analysis or related algorithms, posed by an expert committee (data provided via web-link). A dedicated announcement will be provided by the Awards Subcommittee who will administer this challenge, with an Award of $500 to the most accurate / most appropriate / most innovative solution.

*** In addition to the James Zimmerman Prize lecture, it is customary for all awardees to be recognized (and prizes awarded) at a Banquet/Reception event during the annual meeting.