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Mary Macdonald Congress Award

About Mary Macdonald 

The Mary Macdonald Congress Award and Bursary were established in memory of former IBMS Council member Mary Macdonald.

Mary is remembered as an outstanding professional, colleague and mentor, who began her career as a laboratory support worker and was keen to encourage and recognise excellence in others working in similar roles. Mary made a significant contribution to the Institute throughout her life, serving as an IBMS Council member and on a number of IBMS Committees.


Mary Macdonald Congress Award

The IBMS Mary Macdonald Congress Award was established in 2014 to reflect former IBMS Council member Mary Macdonald's passion for education and desire to support those starting their career in biomedical science. It is awarded biennially and used to sponsor 20 free places for non-HCPC registered members to attend the Biomedical Support Staff programme at IBMS Congress. Successful applicants also receive £60.00 towards travelling expenses.

In 2019, the Biomedical Support Staff programme will be taking place on the afternoon of Monday 23rd September. 


How to Apply

Applicants must be members of the Institute in a support staff role (MLA, Associate or Assistant Practitioner etc) and submit a 250-word statement on why they would like to attend Congress. 


Submit your application

Complete your application and statement by clicking here.

Applications must be submitted by 29th March on a Congress year (i.e. 2019, 2021, 2023, etc.) to be considered.