IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Awards 2017

The IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Awards recognize outstanding contributions to science and the scientific community made by young researchers who have completed a significant part of their training and careers at IRB Barcelona. The award is intended to recognize excellence after the candidate's departure from IRB Barcelona.

The prize consists of a commemorative certificate, a prize of 2,000 euros, and an expenses-paid trip to IRB Barcelona to present a talk within the Barcelona BioMed seminar series. The alumnus/a will be featured in IRB Barcelona publications and on the Alumni network webpages.

Candidates can apply spontaneously or be nominated by IRB Barcelona scientists or alumni. Nominees will be contacted by the IRB Barcelona Alumni Network Office and requested to complete the application process. The winner will be selected by a jury composed of IRB Barcelona senior scientists, not related to the candidates, and external advisors.

Applications for the 2017 IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Awards are now being accepted.


Who can apply

Candidates for the IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Awards must:

  1. be former IRB Barcelona PhD students who have completed their PhD with us, or postdoctoral fellows (postdocs will have spent at least 2 years at IRB Barcelona.
  2. have left IRB Barcelona between 2009 and 2014
  3. be registered members of the IRB Barcelona Alumni Network.


How to apply

Applicants should submit an application form, which includes:

  1. A summary (300 words max) of their scientific research accomplishments since leaving IRB Barcelona.
  2. A summary (300 words max) of their efforts since leaving IRB Barcelona in the area of science communication, technology development, public engagement or extracurricular activities.
  3. A CV.
  4. Names and contact details of 2 referees.


Consult the terms and conditions of the call here.

Please submit all nominations and applications to the IRB Barcelona Alumni Network Office (

Deadline for nominations: 2 November 2016
Deadline for applications: 2 December 2016


The IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Award is given with the support of Eppendorf. logo eppendorf


Application form

Past winners

David Vilchez (2016)


PhD and postdoctoral research in IRB Barcelona's Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy Lab (2003-2008).
Group Leader since 2013 at the CECAD-Cluster of Excellence in Cologne, Germany, where he received an ERC Starting Grant.

David is recognized for his “insight, originality and courage to start interdisciplinary and innovative scientific approaches. He has demonstrated an ability to conduct ground-breaking research throughout his career with outstanding scientific achievements on subjects as diverse as neurodegeneration, proteostasis, aging and stem cell biology.”

The IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Award ceremony took place on 16 September 2016.