Details of the award

Instituted in 2014, the annual Sir William Wakeham award recognises early career researchers (no more than 5 years of postdoctoral research experience, excluding career breaks) who have made a significant contribution to their research field and have advanced their professional development. There is a £2000 prize associated with the award and the winner is also invited give a presentation at the annual postdoctoral symposium.

Sir William Wakeham is a visiting professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London.  He first joined the Department as a lecturer in 1971, and was Head of the Department from 1988 until 1996, when he became Deputy Rector of the College. From 2001 to 2009 he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton. He was knighted in 2009 for services to Chemical Engineering and to Higher Education.


Past winners


Winner: Dr Gunjan Tyagi

Highly commended: Dr Semra Bakkaloglu

Highly commended: Dr Amir Al Ghatta


Winner: Dr Heather Au

Highly commended: Dr Pavani Cherukupally

Highly commended: Dr Gan Huang 


Symposium not held.


Winners: Dr Yu Huang

Highly commended: Dr Maja Rucker

Highly commended: Dr Ignacio Moya 


Winners: Dr Ruijao Dong and Dr Antonio Del Rio Chanona


Winners: Dr Tao Li and Dr Lisa Joss


Winners: Dr Petr Yatsyshin and Dr Robert Woodward

Highly comended: Dr Anna Hankin

Read an interview with the 2017 winners: Recognising outstanding early career researchers


Winners:  Dr Agi Talbot-Brandt and Dr Patrizia Marchetti

Highly commended: Dr Sheila Samsatli

Read an interview with the 2016 winners: Sir William Wakeham Award 2016 winners Patrizia Marchetti and Agi Brandt-Talbot.


Winner: Dr James Kimber (Read an interview with Dr James Kimber)
Highly commended: Dr Patrizia Marchetti


Winners: Dr Natasha Shirshova and Dr Ivan Zadrazil
Special commendation: Dr Ludmila Peeva, Dr Andrew Haslam and Dr Zhentao Wu
(*Note the 2014 award was not limited to postdocs with under 5 years' postdoc experience.)