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