To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of nucleic acids the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences section of Life Sciences Switzerland (formerly the Swiss Society for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences/Swiss Society for Biochemistry) has created the Friedrich-Miescher-Award. The prize is intended to honour young biochemists and is donated by the Friedrich-Miescher-Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel.

The following guidelines apply for nominations:

  1. The Friedrich-Miescher-Award may be awarded once every year to a young scientist for outstanding achievements in biochemistry.
  2. Candidates are eligible who have not yet reached the age of 40 years on January 1st of the award year*.
  3. Preference will be given to candidates with a documented record of independent research.
  4. The scientific work must have been carried out in Switzerland or by Swiss scientists abroad.

*for female candidates with children, the age limit is automatically extended by one year per child. For male candidates with children, the age limit can be extended by 6 weeks per child or the actual time taken off as parental leave if this is longer than 6 weeks. The maximal extension for men is 6 months.

Applications or nominations, including a letter stating the relevance of the candidate's scientific work, his/her CV, list of publication and embedded links to the four most relevant publications should be submitted as a single PDF file by December 1st, 2021 by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Monica Gotta [] at the LS2 Molecular and Cellular Biosciences section.

David Spichiger, SCS