14 May 2024

One week left for the 2024 Irene Manton Award Poster Submission

The deadline to submit your poster for the Irene Manton Award is 21 May, a week from now. Don’t miss out on the chance to win £100 and get your work more visibility and recognition!

The Irene Manton Award is open to students and early-career scientists and bestowed upon the best poster presented at the SEB Annual Conference in each of the sections Animal, Cell, Plant, and Outreach, Education and Diversity (OED).

For 2024, only those who had submitted an abstract for the SEB Conference Prague and confirmed their interest will be considered for the prize. They now have until May 21 to submit a PDF version of their poster via our online portal (https://www.sebiology.org/grants/2024-irene-manton-poster-award.html). After this, the judges, composed of the section chair, the special interest group convenors and the deputy convenors, will select five finalists. As a final step, candidates will present their poster during the poster session at the SEB Conference on 3rd July, where the final judging will take place.  The winners of each section will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 4th July.

Celebrate last year’s winners and get inspired when putting together your poster for this year's competition:

Irene Manton Winners 2023

Plant Section

Plant section:

GHR1 in stomatal immunity responses of Arabidopsis thaliana


Winner: Jasmin Kemppinen



Jasmin obtained her BSc and MSc from the University of Helsinki, majoring in plant physiology and development. Her Master's project focused on chloroplastic ROS signalling and the molecular regulation of light stress. In 2021, she embarked on her PhD journey in Maija Sierla's group with the support of the Emil Aaltonen Foundation grant for young researchers. Jasmin's current research investigates the role of a leucine-rich repeat receptor-like protein GHR1 in stomatal immunity networks. Her primary interests include the mechanisms of pathogen perception and the modulation of diverse signals leading to stomatal closure. Through her work, she aims to identify GHR1's interactors in stomatal immunity signalling and shed light on the rapid cellular events governing this essential defence mechanism.”

Animal Section

Animal Section :

Experimentally testing the link between shape, size, and puncture ability in the beak of cephalopods


Winner: Simeng Wang

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Simeng Wang received her BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College London in 2023. Fascinated by marine animals, she reached out to Louise Souquet and Mehran Moazen during her study at UCL and arrived at cephalopod beaks as her research topic for the 3rd-year individual project. Combining her experience in 3D modelling and mechanical testing, Simeng proposed an alternative way to investigate the position of diets in driving the evolution of the cephalopod beak diversity. She constructed a relationship between the cephalopod biting ability and the upper beak rostrum morphology through uniaxial puncture tests and FEA simulation. Through her project, she aims to further the understanding of the cephalopod biting mechanism and to attempt a prediction on the potential diets of individual species. Simeng is currently working on the publication of her article and will pursue a MPhil in Energy Technology at the University of Cambridge.

Cell Section

Cell section (two winners):

ATR ‐FTIR Spectroscopy‐Linked Chemometrics: A Novel Approach to the Analysis and  Control of the Invasive Species Japanese Knotweed


Winner: Claire  Holden

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Claire Holden graduated from Lancaster Environment Centre in 2023 with a PhD in Biological Sciences. Her PhD research utilised a combination of chemometrics and infrared spectroscopy for the investigation of the invasive plant species, Japanese knotweed. This project was supported by the environmental consultancy Phlorum Ltd and the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. She is particularly interested by the ways in which chemistry can enhance our understanding of biological systems, a curiosity which has grown since her graduation from Durham University with a master’s in science. Previous research topics have included the role of reactive oxygen species in the stress tolerance of plants, and the effect of fluorescent synthetic retinoids on human skin cells. This work was further developed by LightOx to create new therapeutic solutions for early-stage oral cancer.



Cyclins more than just cell-cycle regulators?

Winner: Joanne Kilby



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We are looking forward to learning about the latest research in the experimental biology field!