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Bioconductor Community Awards

The Bioconductor project proudly launched in 2020 an initiative to honor contributions to the project. Each year, four awardees will be selected, each having contributed to the project in an outstanding way based on one or more of the criteria listed below. The awardees will be recognized during a ceremony at the annual Bioconductor conference, as well as on the Bioconductor website.

Award criteria

The awardees will be selected among the nominees based on the following criteria. It is possible, but not required, for multiple criteria to contribute towards the selection of an awardee. Up to four awardees are selected in each call using the below criteria as justification. One award each year is dedicated to a junior developer or new package development.

  • Outstanding new package contributions, for developers of high-quality packages, added to Bioconductor in one of the two most recent releases prior to the nomination deadline, showing exemplary use of the Bioconductor package design principles.
  • Outstanding support site contributions, for individuals showing extraordinary helpfulness on the Bioconductor support site and/or in other forums.
  • Outstanding documentation contributions, for individuals writing and maintaining excellent user-facing documentation, workflows and/or tutorials.
  • Outstanding community engagement and outreach, for individuals who “make things happen”, promote diversity, engage with and provide substantial contributions to the Bioconductor community.
  • Outstanding long-term contributions to the project, for individuals who have provided excellent contributions in any form to the project over a substantial time period.
  • Outstanding contributions enabling computational analysis or representation of data from new scientific technologies, for individuals who, via package development or other means, enable analysis of data from new scientific technologies within Bioconductor.
  • Outstanding contributions enabling the use of new informatic technologies within the project, for individuals who, via package development or other means, enable the use of novel informatic technologies within Bioconductor.

All nominees suggested will be considered for the award. The nominations will be processed, and the awardees will be selected, by the current members of the Bioconductor Community Advisory Board and Technical Advisory Board. Currently active members of either of these boards are not eligible for an award. For more details about the selection process see the Procedures and Regulations

How to nominate a person

In order to nominate someone for the awards, please fill out the nomination Google Form, with the following information:

  1. Your full name and e-mail address.
  2. Full name and e-mail address of the nominee.
  3. The relevant award criteria.
  4. Motivation for the nomination and how the nominee satisfies the selected award criteria.

The form is available 3-4 months before the annual Bioconductor conference. It will be advertised on the conference website, Bioconductor social media platforms, and support site forums. If you are unable to fill out a Google form, please contact to nominate a candidate.

The deadline to nominate a candidate for the Bioc2024 Awards is Wednesday May 15 th, 2024. The Bioc2024 Awards will be announced during the annual conference July 24-26, 2024.


  • Am I allowed to nominate more than one person? Yes. We appreciate it if you limit your nominations to no more than 3 people.
  • Can the same individual be awarded multiple times (in different years)? Yes. However, it has to be clear that the contributions that the individual is recognized for are different and “new” contributions that occurred after the previous award was granted.
  • Are self-nominations allowed? No

Important dates:

  • Deadline for nominations: May 15, 2024.
  • Notification about the awards: at the Bioconductor conference and via email, if the awardee does not attend the conference.

Awardees 2023

Susan Holmes

Susan Holmes

Matthew Ritchie

Matthew Ritchie

Constantin Ahlmann-Eltze

Constantin Ahlmann-Eltze

Simone Bell

Simone Bell

Previous Winners

2022: Sean Davis, Erica Feick, Nicole Kramer, Hervé Pagès

2021: Aedin Culhane, Laurent Gatto, James MacDonald, Charlotte Soneson, Leonardo Collado-Torres

2020: Helena Crowell, Aaron Lun, Lori Shepherd, Gordon Smyth


Questions can be addressed via email to cab(at)

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