Elsevier and the Fulbright Commission Honor UK Research Talent with the UK Scopus Young Researcher Award

UK Scopus Award

Elsevier and the US-UK Fulbright Commission today honor eight early career researchers in a range of academic disciplines at the 2011 UK Scopus Young Researcher Award ceremony. More than 80 university executives, policy makers, library directors and senior researchers will attend the award ceremony at the Royal Society in London, recognizing the outstanding achievements of the best UK early career researchers.

The UK Scopus Young Researcher Award is one of the initiatives the US-UK Fulbright Commission and Elsevier have developed together to foster UK research talent. The award nominees are all researchers who have published for the first time in 2008 or more recently and have an affiliation to an institution in the United Kingdom. They were assessed by a jury of 40 consisting of former Fulbright Scholars, academic journal editors and other discipline-specific experts. Their assessment was based on publication and citation information provided by SciVerse Scopus, Elsevier's abstract and citation database.

The 2011 UK Scopus Young Researcher Award Winners are: Health & Medical Sciences: Lucy Asher, University of Nottingham; Physical Sciences: Farhan Feroz, University of Cambridge; Engineering: Konstantinos Papadikis, University of Southampton; Social Sciences: Saffron O'Neill, University of East Anglia; Biological Sciences: Laura Coates, University of Leeds; Humanities: Matt Grove, University of Liverpool; Environmental Sciences: Angela Druckman, University of Surrey Mathematics: Mladen Savov, University of Oxford.

The jury also selected three institutions to be presented with the 2011 Scopus Fostering Young Researchers Institutional Award. The Universities of Manchester, Oxford and Southampton will receive this award for having trained 11 of the shortlisted candidates. Michael Arthur, Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds, Chair of the Russell Group and Chair of the jury, co-presented the awards with Ron Mobed, Elsevier's CEO Science & Technology. "A part of the UK's strength in research is the ability of universities to attract and train excellent researchers," said Arthur. "The level of excellence of the researchers we honor here tonight is a reconfirmation of the UK's continued excellence in global research."

"This award event is about taking a step back and recognizing that UK researchers are making a significant impact in a large range of research disciplines," added Mobed. "But also to acknowledge the institutions that foster these young researchers. The pool of talent we have been able to draw from to ultimately select the eight winners was enormous, which emphasizes the UK's ability to create a competitive yet collaborative environment for researchers."