Announcing the first PeerJ Awards of 2020 — chemistry, evolutionary biology, zebrafish studies, and students of London’s Natural History Museum

With 2020 in full swing, we have been busy reflecting on our efforts over the last year and planning ahead for how best to support researchers. With a breadth of subject areas across PeerJ – the Journal of Life and Environmental SciencesPeerJ Computer Sciences and our five journals in chemistry, we have an enormous opportunity to continue to demonstrate the value of affordable open access publishing to individual researchers and science as a whole.

Our PeerJ Awards conference program has been instrumental in our outreach efforts as we seek to collaborate with conference organizers to recognize and reward the efforts of researchers demonstrating a commitment to rigorous science. Last year, we worked with over 20 conferences and we are eager to build on this momentum and extend its reach.

See interviews and the listing of 2019 PeerJ Award winners on the PeerJ blog here!

PeerJ Awards generally include a free publication (upon acceptance) in one of our open access, peer-reviewed journals. Award winners are also featured on our blog with an interview about their research.

If you are organizing a conference or workshop in the future and would like to offer a PeerJ Award at your event, do get in touch –

January – April 2020 PeerJ Awards

February 5 – 7
Congress of the Spanish Society for Evolutionary Biology (SESBE VII)
Seville, Spain

The SESBE 2020 scientific committee will select the PeerJ Award for the Best Poster. The posters will be evaluated in terms of: design and layout, attractiveness, scientific content, verbal interaction with the presenter and overall impression.

SESBE VII is designed as a meeting place for the members of the Spanish Society for Evolutionary Biology, but also to attract other professionals (researchers and teachers) and specialists and the general public interested on Evolutionary Biology and related fields from any country, with particular emphasis on members of sister societies in other countries. In this way, every two years we share experiences and viewpoints while establishing and reinforcing collaborations among participants. Follow meeting highlights at @SESBE2020 and #SESBE2020

March 2 – 3
Natural History Museum Student Conference 2020
London, England

The Natural History Museum Student Conference 2020 will be held at the museum in the Flett Lecture Theatre. The meeting celebrates excellence in postgraduate research, innovation and collaboration. Follow meeting highlights at #NHMSC20. PeerJ is pleased to provide awards for Best Poster and Best Oral Presentation.

March 21
Ohio Zebrafish Undergraduate Research Conference 2020
Gambier, Ohio

The Second Annual OHZU meeting will be held at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. This midwest conference is for principal investigators and undergraduate research students working with zebrafish and related species. The conference is an opportunity to share the undergraduate research being done in your labs, hear a keynote speaker and take part in career development opportunities for both you and your students. The keynote speaker is Dr. Cody Smith from Notre Dame University’s Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. Cody’s talk will be titled “Fishing for New Glial Subtypes in Health and Disease.” PeerJ will again provide the Best Overall Student Presentation award. Be sure to see the interview from last year’s winner, Danielle Quallich, on the PeerJ blog.

April 18
American Chemical Society Dallas-Fort Worth Local Section
53rd Meeting in Miniature

University of Texas at Dallas

The 2020 Meeting in Miniature is an annual symposium sponsored by the American Chemical Society Dallas-Fort Worth Local Section. Undergraduate and graduate students throughout the area are invited and encouraged to present their research. PeerJ is pleased to support this event and chemistry research. A PeerJ Award for Outstanding Student Presentation will be provided.


Catch up on open access PeerJ research in these areas and more: Aquatic BiologyBioinformatics and Genomics, ChemistryPalaeontology and Evolutionary Science, and Zoological Science.