IPEM Prizes & Awards

IPEM's prizes and awards are designed to celebrate the breadth of activities performed by our members, ranging from scientific excellence to public engagement.

 

Applications for IPEM Prizes are now open. the closing date is 31st July 2024.  Applicants can be self-nominated or nominated by a colleague.

 

Gold Medals

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IPEM's Gold Medals are awarded for outstanding contributions to practice at a national leading or internationally competitive level. These medals reward contributions in three key areas:

  • Academia
  • Healthcare
  • Innovation

These awards are eligible for any IPEM member who has been a member for at least one year.

The winner of this award receives £500 prize money, a gold medal and certificate.

Applications to these medals can be self-nominations or nominations put forward by colleagues.

Applications will be open until 31st July 2024

Early Career Awards

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IPEM has 3 awards for early career representatives within the first 12 years of their career. These medals reward significant contributions to practice at a nationally competitive and leading level in three key areas:

  • Academia
  • Healthcare
  • Innovation

These awards are eligible for any IPEM member who has been a member for at least one year.

The winner of these awards receive £300 prize money, a medal and certificate.

Applications to these medals can be self-nominations or nominations put forward by colleagues.

 

Applications will be open until 31st July 2024

Why apply for an Early Career Award?

Catarina Veiga

Catarina Veiga

Hear from Catarina Veiga, Associate Professor at the Centre for Medical Image Computing, UCL, recipient of the IPEM Academic Early Career Award in 2020:

"I was honoured to receive in 2020 the IPEM Academic Early Career Award in recognition of my scientific contributions to the field of radiotherapy, particularly my PhD research on the use of cone-beam CT and image registration for adaptive lung proton beam therapy.

This award had great impact in my career, boosting my confidence as I was taking my first steps as an independent researcher and enhancing the visibility of my research in the scientific community. It was a key milestone in my journey to establish my research team at University College London, the Paediatric Radiotherapy and Imaging (PRIma) group.

In addition to this recognition, IPEM has provided me with many opportunities for professional development over the years, such as training events like conferences and webinars, financial support for conference attendance as well as career guidance."

Spiers' Prize for Outreach

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This award is given to any member who can demonstrate how they have improved education or raised awareness of Medical Physics and Engineering.

The target audience for outreach is members of the public (eg schoolchildren, adults, patients) but excludes fellow professionals and government agencies.

Good examples of outreach might be educational activities (demonstrations, workshops, books, videos etc) aimed at and/or involving children and/or adults.

The winner will receive a special certificate and a £300 personal award.

 

Applications will be open until 31st July 2024

Spiers' Prize For Outreach Guidance Notes

Spier's Prize for Outreach Application Form

Why apply for the Spiers' Award?

Carmel Moran

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Hear from Carmel Moran, Professor of Translational Ultrasound at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Cardiovascular Science, recipient of the Spiers' Award in 2023:

"The Spiers’ Prize was awarded to the ‘Imaging Inside Out’ outreach team I lead, which is composed of an international group of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students from both the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. Many of the team were actively involved in developing and delivering the activity to high school pupils. For older pupils we borrowed the IPEM foetal ultrasound phantom, which provided the opportunity to ultrasonically scan a realistically sized model of a foetus. It means a great deal to our outreach team to have won this Spiers’ prize and has enthused us to link up with the Institute of Physics Scotland Committee and their ‘Girls into Physics and Engineering’ events across Scotland."

 

Roy Ellis Patient Benefit Award

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The Roy Ellis Patient Benefit Award is awarded to any member for a specific piece of work or project that benefits patients. This may be directly, for example, designing a novel device or indirectly, for example, producing an information leaflet or providing advice on a website.  If you have benefited patients in any way, no matter how, it will be considered.

  • Elizabeth Davies (2022): For the development of informed-scan.com, which provides information for both patients and healthcare professionals on the types of imaging used and radiation risks.
  • David Brettle (2019): For the development and implementation of the Little Linac model, which helped patients understand the layout of a treatment room for Radiotherapy

 

Applications will be open until 31st July 2024

Roy Ellis Patient Benefit Guidance Notes

Roy Ellis Patient Benefit Award Application Form

Why apply for the Roy Ellis Award?

Elizabeth Davies

Elizabeth Davies

Hear from Elizabeth Davies, Head of Radiation Protection at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust recipient of the Roy Ellis Award in 2022:

"As part of the Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) scheme I undertook a research project into how the NHS can better inform patients of the risks associated with x-rays, CT and Nuclear Medicine. During the course of this project I led a team to develop a website www.informed-scan.com which aimed to inform patients of radiation risks. I wanted to ensure that duplication of work was prevented in Trusts where resources to create information for patients were scarce. 

In 2022 I was awarded the IPEM Roy Ellis Patient Benefit award for this work. The subsequent publicity helped to spread the news of the website and, I hope, ensure that people are able to use the resource more widely. My Trust also picked up on the publicity and used it internally and externally to publicise the work that is done in the Trust. It has been a real boost to the morale of the team that worked on the website and is really appreciated."

 

President's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service

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The President's Gold Medal is awarded to members of the Institute for exceptional service to IPEM.

Previous recipients include:

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  • Mr Robin McDade for contributions to and advocating for technologist training
  • Prof Richard Lerski for contributions to accreditation and professional standards
  • Dr Elizabeth Parvin for services to outreach and accreditation

IPEM/WCSIM Essay Prize

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The IPEM and the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (WCSIM) Essay prize is open to members of either organisation who are in the early stages of their career, typically within 10-15 years of graduation or of commencing their relevant employment.

The winner of this award receives £500 prize money and a certificate.

 

Applications will be open Spring/Summer 2024. 

IPEM WCSIM Essay Prize Guidance Notes