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

London, November 22, 2011 - Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, 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.”

“We are very pleased that Elsevier has joined us in supporting researchers to further their careers.” said Penny Egan, Executive Director of the US- UK Fulbright Commission. “These awards are not just meant to acknowledge the outstanding performance of the young winners, but should also be seen as confirmation of their ability to succeed in their chosen field.”

Elsevier has hosted Scopus Young Researcher Awards around the world with various partner organizations since 1995, in a concerted effort to support the growth and development of research talent globally. 

# # #

 About the US-UK Fulbright Commission
The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. During the last six decades, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 12,000 US nationals in the UK as part of the Fulbright Programme. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Programme include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author Toby Young and the economist and noble prize winner Milton Friedman.

About SciVerse Scopus
Covering the world's research literature, SciVerse Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyze and visualize research. SciVerse Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 19,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, SciVerse Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make SciVerse Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

Media contact
Harald Boersma
Senior Manager Corporate Relations, Elsevier
+31 20 485 27 36
h.boersma@elsevier.com