New PeerJ Awards for visualizing biological data, palaeontology, coral reefs, and zebrafish studies

Newly added to the PeerJ Awards Program — four conferences being held next week through June 2019! Again, we are so pleased to acknowledge rigorous science by students and early career researchers as well as further efforts in open science at these conferences. Award winners typically receive a free publication in PeerJupon acceptance through our normal submission and peer review system, along with an interview on our site about their current research and next steps.

New PeerJ Awards added for March – June 2019!

EMBO Workshop: Visualizing Biological Data (VIZBI 2019), Heidelberg, Germany
March 13-15, 2019

VIZBI 2019 marks the 10th meeting on this topic and will feature talks from 21 world-leading researchers who will present visualizations transforming how life scientists view data – driving key advances in molecular biology, systems biology, biomedical science, and ecology. Held at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre, the conference brings together a diverse community, including bioinformaticians, data scientists, computer scientists, and experimentalists, as well as medical illustrators, graphic designers, and graphic artists. PeerJ will be sponsoring VIZBI 2019’s Best Scientific Poster Prize.

Ohio Zebrafish Undergraduate Research Conference, Ashland, Ohio
March 23-23, 2019

The inaugural OHZU conference will be held at Ashland University. The conference will bring together undergraduate students and their faculty from both small and large universities that are using zebrafish for diverse research areas. There will be a keynote speaker, research talks, poster presentations, faculty and student workshops, and representatives from four Ohio graduate programs in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. Attendees from multiple labs and universities will be in attendance. PeerJ is pleased to be recognizing students and sponsoring the Best Overall Presentation Award at OHZU.

10th Mexican Coral Reef Congress, Colima, Mexico
April 2-5, 2019

Photo credit: Lorenzo Alvarez-Filip

The Mexican Coral Reef Society (SOMAC), and the University of Colima will hold the Tenth Mexican Coral Reef Congress. Under the theme “Reefs for the Future” conference participants will seek to deepen their understanding of the state of the reefs in times of strong anthropogenic pressures and rapidly changing environmental conditions and to discuss strategies for ensuring the permanent survival of reefs. The conference is also supported by the International Society for Reef Studies. PeerJ is pleased to provide a Best Student Presentation Award at X CMAC.

Progressive Palaeontology 2019, Birmingham, UK
June 6-8, 2019

Progressive Palaeontology (ProgPal) is an annual conference for postgraduate research students who wish to present their results at any stage of their research. Undergraduate students in their final year and likely to be starting a postgraduate course later that calendar year are also welcome to attend. All aspects of Palaeontology are welcome.

Progressive Palaeontology provides a framework for developing palaeobiologists in which to present ideas and undertake discuss on their work amongst peers, and is accompanied by social events and field trips. The venue for Progressive Palaeontology changes annually, and the meeting is organised and run by research students. PeerJ is pleased to support this student conference with an Award for Best Talk.

All PeerJ Awards March – June 2019

  • Transition Path Sampling Simulations via PyRETIS, Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands, March 11-15, 2019
  • EMBO Workshop: Visualising Biological Data (VIZBI 2019), Heidelberg, Germany, March 13-15, 2019
  • Future of Individualized (Genomic) Medicine, Scripps Research Translational Institute, San Diego, California, March 14-15, 2019
  • Ohio Zebrafish Undergraduate Research Conference, Ashland, Ohio, March 23, 2019
  • 10th Mexican Congress of Coral Reefs, Colima, Mexico, April 2-5, 2019
  • Annual Meeting of the French Paleontological Association, Aix-en-Provence, France, April 16-20, 2019
  • 2nd International Conference on Holobionts, Montréal, Canada, May 8-10, 2019

Catch up on PeerJ research in these areas and more: Aquatic BiologyBioinformatics and Genomics, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Paleontology and Evolutionary Science, and Environmental Science.


About: PeerJ publishes two open access, peer-reviewed publications: PeerJ serving the Life and Environmental Sciences and PeerJ Computer Science. Additionally, PeerJ is thrilled to be accepting submissions as of January 2019 for five newly launched, open access PeerJ Chemistry journals. We also publish PeerJ Preprints which is an innovative ‘preprint server’ covering Biology, Medical, Environmental and Computer Science. PeerJ’s mission is to efficiently publish the world’s knowledge. We aim to drive the costs of publishing down for the academic community, while improving the overall publishing experience and providing authors with a publication venue suitable for the 21st Century.

By teaming up with a number of conferences to offer these awards, we are making it as easy as possible for organizers to reward excellence in science, support students and early career researchers, and signal to the wider research community that open science is better science. Learn more here and get in touch if you are a conference organizer and are looking to offer a ‘Best Contribution’ award for open science – sierra.williams@peerj.com

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