SPBD prize for best PhD thesis in developmental biology

Second edition: 2018 / 2019

With the aim of stimulating and rewarding the work performed by our community of PhD students, the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology (SPBD) has created a prize to be awarded to the best PhD thesis in the field of Developmental Biology, for its outstanding quality and achievement.  The prize will distinguish, every two years, a PhD thesis describing work performed mainly at a Portuguese research institution. Nominations for the second edition of the prize are now open, and the SPBD board urges all eligible candidates to apply, following the rules made available at the SPBD website. 

1 – In the current edition only theses reporting to 2018 and 2019 may apply.  This means the thesis defense must have taken place from January 1st 2018 to December 31st 2019.  Candidates must be SPBD members at the time of nomination.

2 – It is responsibility of the candidate to ensure that all documents (in PDF format) are sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Nominations require the following parts:

2.1. A digital version of the thesis.

2.2. By the candidate, a description (up to 6,000 characters with spaces) of main findings and their impact to the research field.

2.3. A letter of support (up to 3,000 characters with spaces) sent independently by the PhD thesis supervisor, stating why the student deserves such award.  This letter must also describe the status of publications arising/expected from the thesis work.

3 – The decision will be the sole responsibility of a committee of three experts nominated by the SPBD board.  It is responsibility of the committee to decide on the eligibility of nominated theses, considering the specific research subject.

4 – Communication of results and prize award will take place at a date to be announced, after nominations period is closed. 


WINNER IN 2016/2017: Rita Aires "Oct4 is a key regulator of vertebrate trunk diversity"