Ferrier Lecture

This prize lecture is given on a subject relating to the structure and function of the nervous system.

David Ferrier FRS (credit: Wellcome Trust)

The Ferrier Lecture is given triennially “on a subject related to the advancement of natural knowledge on the structure and function of the nervous system.”

The lectureship was created in memory of the neurologist and psychologist David Ferrier FRS (PDF). It was first awarded in 1928.

If possible the Committee will award the lectureship to an early-to-mid career stage scientist. The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Awards Committee. Nominations are valid for five years after which the candidate cannot be re-nominated until a year after the nomination has expired. The lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £500. 

Nominations

The award winner was announced in the summer of 2012 and the next call for nominations will open on 30 November 2014.

John O'Keefe

Most recent medallist

Professor John O'Keefe FMedSci FRS was awarded the 2013 Ferrier Prize Lecture for his pioneering work in cognitive neuroscience, especially on the role of the hippocampus, and the mechanisms supporting memory and cognition.  He presented his lecture on 18 June 2013.

Prize lectures

Clifford Paterson Lecture: Given on a subject in the field of engineering.

Ferrier Lecture: Given on a subject relating to the structure and function of the nervous system.

Francis Crick Lecture: Given on a subject in the field of biology.

Kavli Medal and Lecture: Given on a subject relating to the environment or energy.

Leeuwenhoek Lecture: Given on a subject in the field of microbiology, bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and microscopy.

Michael Faraday Prize: For excellence in communicating science to UK audiences.

Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Prize and Lecture: For original contributions to medical and veterinary sciences.

Royal Society Milner Award: For outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture: To support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Rutherford Memorial Lecture: An exchange lecture between university centres in the Commonwealth, with at least one in three delivered in New Zealand.

Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture: Given on a subject relating to the social function of science, the philosophy of science or the history of science.

See all medals, awards and prize lectures.

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