The lectureship was created in memory of the neurologist and psychologist David Ferrier FRS (PDF), and was first awarded in 1928. It is given triennially “on a subject related to the advancement of natural knowledge on the structure and function of the nervous system.”
The lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £2,000.
The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2018.
The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Awards Committee. The committee will consider the nomination a maximum of 3 times, before the nomination is retired. Re-nomination is possible after 1 round has passed.
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 3 years immediately prior to being proposed.
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.
Colin Blakemore delivered the 2010 Ferrier Lecture: Plasticity of the brain: the key to human development, cognition and evolution.
See full list of all past winners of the Ferrier Medal and Lecture.