Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award 2022: nominations now open

A water droplet makes ripples on the surface.

Nominations for the 2022 Adam Weiler Award are now open, recognising Sussex PhD researchers who show the potential to achieve outstanding impact with their work.

This year, to reflect growing interest in the award, we are increasing the prizes on offer to include a winner and runner-up in each of the three disciplines.

Judged by a panel of Sussex academics including the Dean of the Doctoral School, Prof Jeremy Niven, the winners will each be awarded £1,000 towards their research. Runners-up will win £500.

The annual prize is offered as a result of a generous donation to the University in memory of Adam Weiler, a former student at the University of Sussex. Researchers must be nominated by their supervisor or the Director of Doctoral Studies in their School.

In 2021 the award went to two truly exceptional researchers – María Bjarnadottir (LPS), for her work on the sharing of sexual images (revenge porn) online, and measures to ensure more effective policing, education and victim support; and Chantelle Rizan (BSMS), who developed innovative new processes to measure the climate footprint of NHS surgery, including timely research into the use of disposable PPE. Watch presentations by last year’s joint winners, and read interviews with 2020 winners Sunayana Bhargava (MPS) and Halldor Ulfarsson (MAH), to discover how the award helped them advance their research.

To find out more, including information about the selection process and a link to the nomination form, see the Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award webpage. The deadline for nominations is Friday 20 May.

What is research impact? Read this interview with the university’s Research Impact Officer, Christina Miariti, on the Research Hive blog.