Abstract award


The Division Microbial Genomics of the KNVM awards PhD candidate members who presented an abstract on microbial genomics at an international congress to acknowledge past achievements and provide an incentive for future accomplishments. The call to apply for the yearly DMG abstract award officially opens yearly at October 1st and closes on October 31st. Applications are evaluated by blind review, and on this basis, up to four abstracts with the highest scores will be awarded.

Eligibility criteria

Applications should fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Microbial genomics is the main subject of the abstract and is not only part of the Materials and Methods;

  • The abstract was presented at an international congress in the previous 12 months;

  • The applicant is the presenting author;

  • The applicant is a PhD candidate;

  • The applicant is a KNVM member;

  • The applicant did not previously receive a KNVM DMG abstract award.

Application documents

One PDF file (NomineeSurname.pdf) including documents in the following order should be submitted to DMGabstractaward@gmail.com

  1. Abstract that was presented;

  2. Copy of the scientific program of the congress stating the name of the congress, the name of the presenting author, the type of presentation, and the date and time of presentation;

  3. Proof of the applicants PhD status;

  4. Proof of KNVM membership;

  5. Statement that the applicant agrees with publication of his/her name on the website of the KNVM if awarded;

  6. Statement that the applicant agrees to present his/her abstract during the yearly DMG symposium if awarded.


Awardees will be notified within 14 days after the deadline for application.


The award is endowed with EUR 250 to be used at the awardee’s discretion.

Presentation and announcement of the award

DMG abstract awardee(s) will be honored during the yearly DMG symposium. Each awardee will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation of their abstract.


The names of the awardees will be published on the website of the KNVM, Division of Microbial Genomics.

Review criteria

Abstracts will be scored on the following items, on a 5-point scale.

  • Originality / innovative level (Does the study contribute to the expansion of the body of knowledge?)
  • Methods (Are the methods well-described and valid to answer the research question under study?)
  • Results (Are the results well-described and valid to answering the research question under study?)
  • Conclusions (Are the conclusions well-balanced and supported by the data?)
  • General impression (Is the abstract relevant? Type of presentation at the congress?)