John Maynard Smith Prize

Every year the European Society for Evolutionary Biology distinguishes an outstanding young evolutionary biologist with the John Maynard Smith Prize.

The prize is named after John Maynard Smith (1920 - 2004), eminent evolutionary biologist, and author of many books on evolution, both for scientists and the general public. He was professor at the University of Sussex, UK, Fellow of the Royal Society, winner of the Darwin Medal, laureate of the Crafoord Prize of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and President of ESEB. See the interview by Robert Wright for an account of his life long fascination with evolution, and here for a biography.


The next call for nominations will be announced approximately in Fall 2014 on the ESEB web site.

The prize winner is expected to attend the next ESEB congress in Lausanne, Switzerland (10 - 14 August, 2015), where he or she will deliver the John Maynard Smith Prize 2015 Lecture. The Society will cover registration, accommodation, and travel expenses (economy fare). The JMS Prize comes with a monetary prize of 2500 € and the possibility of a Junior Fellowship of generally 3 months at the Institute of Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, Germany.

Further Junior Fellowships may be awarded to other JMS Prize nominees. For more information on the Wissenschaftskolleg, see Institute of Advanced Study or contact Paul Schmid-Hempel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Current and previous winners of the JMS Prize are listed below.

Winner 2014

Picture Laurie StevisonLaurie Stevison is an evolutionary geneticist interested in speciation, recombination rate evolution and hybridization. She researched hybridization in macaques for her masterís degree at Rice University with Michael Kohn. During her doctoral research, she studied how chromosomal inversions reduce recombination between species of Drosophila, increasing interspecies nucleotide divergence and facilitating speciation.
After completing her PhD at Duke University with Mohamed Noor, she joined the lab of Jeff Wall at UCSF where she now studies comparative recombination rate variation in great apes.

Laurie's prize will be celebrated at the XV ESEB Congress in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she will give the John Maynard Smith Prize 2014 Lecture.

Previous winners



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