This prize recognises outstanding scientific performance. It can for example relate to exceptional personal contribution to the progression of projects (innovation, problem solving, the completion of work of high quality and integrity), the publication of major papers or patents, invited presentations at International conferences, obtaining of prizes or external funding, establishment of new collaborations, management of collaborations with external partners, contributions to impact (including engagement with policy makers and industrial partners), engagement with innovation and commercialisation, evidence of esteem from the research field etc.
Citizenship and outreach category
This category recognises postdoc involvement in QUB business through, for example: public engagement and dissemination of research to non-specialist audiences (public talks, festivals, events, engagement with schools, social media outreach, dissemination via mainstream media or blogs, vlogs etc…), community consultation and information, student recruitment events, committee work, the organisation of events (e.g. conferences, symposia, courses, laboratory research meetings, journal clubs, etc.), volunteering for students’ activities (e.g. chairing/judging at symposium) and other marks of administrative leadership. Being a member of a committee will be considered but emphasis should be made on the actual contribution of the postdoc to the committee rather than simple membership (i.e. actions and outcomes). Contributions to national, international or field-specific societies and committees are also relevant to this category.
Note that this prize rewards public engagement activities carried out on the side of the main research project. The development of collaborations with external partners such as industrial partners, engagement with innovation and commercialisation as well as PPI embedded within the research project (in example when the research project itself involves the community) better fit the Research category.
This prize recognises outstanding postdoc involvement in the supervision, training and mentoring of students and fellow staff members (please highlight the quality of the supervision and not just the number of students supervised) and teaching. Substantial involvement in general lab management, Health & Safety and administrative tasks in support of the PI are also included in this category.