The New Phytologist Tansley Medal



Tansley Medal 2017

The New Phytologist Tansley Medal is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution to research in plant science by an individual in the early stages of their career (including students and any researcher with up to five years’ experience since gaining/defending their PhD). The winner recives a prize of £2000 (GBP) and authors a short review, published in New Phytologist, accompanied by an Editorial.


We are now accepting submissions for the 2017 Tansley Medal competition.

The deadline for first-round submissions is 30th November 2016

Applicants selected to go forward to the second round, will be notified shortly after the 30 November 2016 and asked to submit a single-authored short review by 31 March 2017.


Why should you apply?

Watch our video with Amy Austin, New Phytologist Editor and Tansley Medal judge, to find out more:


Please contact us for further information or read the selection procedure, rules and list of past winners.

Tansley Medal 2016 update

Submissions have been shortlisted for the 2016 Tansley Medal winner. The finalists and winner will be announced in late 2016, and this will be followed by an Editorial, upon publication of the finalists' Tansley insights.


Tansley Medal 2015 winner


The winner of the 2015 Tansley Medal for Excellence in Plant Science was Dr Alexander Jones of the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, UK. Alexander's Tansley insight is titled ‘A new look at stress: abscisic acid patterns and dynamics at high-resolution’. The judging panel was comprised of Prof. Amy Austin, Prof. Liam Dolan, Prof. Alistair Hetherington, Prof. Elena Kramer, and Prof. Natalia Requena.


The quality of finalists this year was very high and eight individuals were shortlisted. The seven runners-up, and their respective Tansley insights are listed below:



The finalists’ Tansley insights have been published in the Volume 210, Issue 1 of New Phytologist. Read the Editorial by Sarah Lennon and Liam Dolan, and listen to the interview with the winner, Alexander Jones.