The Gertrud Meissner Award is an award dedicated
annually to scientists in an early phase of their career who are
doing excellent research in the field of mycobacteriology.
It is aimed at supporting high quality work in
all fields of mycobacteriology such as diagnostics, resistance
mechanisms, molecular epidemiology, population genetics or
The award is named after Gertrud Meissner in
recognition of her significant efforts to stimulate and build up
a mycobacteriology research community in Europe. She was the
first head of the Department of Medical Microbiology at the
Research Center Borstel. Her work was the basis for rational
drug susceptibility testing in 1950. Also, she has established
principles of resistance development in clinical
isolates and demonstrated its association with virulence. She
continuously supported the mycobacteriology community, was a
founding member of the European Society of Mycobacteriology and
chair of the first congress of the society held in Borstel in
The Gertrud Meissner Award is endowed with 2000
€ and will be handed over on the occasion of the annual ESM
congress where the awardee will be given the opportunity to
present his/her work.
Members of the ESM society may submit a proposal
for a candidate (deadline end of April), together with the
following documents (in English):
• letter of
• CV of the candidate
• short summary of the
major points of the research work
• publication record
• contact information
(e-mail and postal address)
Submissions to be sent by e-mail to the ESM
Decision criteria are the scientific and
technological quality of the work, publications, conducted
research projects, and innovative new concepts/ideas.
Proposals will be evaluated by an expert panel
nominated by the steering committee of the ESM and two
representatives of the sponsors (Becton Dickinson and the
Research Center Borstel).
We thank Becton Dickinson and the Research Center Borstel for
their generous support.