The Gardner Lectureship was established in 1995 with a generous bequest in the Will of the late Professor Phillip Gardner, who established the European Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis, one of predecessors of the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV). The bequest was to endow an Annual Lectureship to be given by an eminent virologist, preferably but not essentially, with a central interest and practical experience in the field of diagnostic or clinical virology. This allows the ESCV to invite a scientist with an international reputation to give a lecture during the Society’s Annual Meeting.

Winners of the Gardner Lectureship Award

Year Award winner Institution
2018 Anna Papa Department of Microbiology in the Medical School of Aristotle. Universisity of Thessaloniki, Greece
2017 Antonio Lanzavecchia Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona, Switserland
2016 Christian Drosten University Hospital, Bonn, Germany
2015 Peter Simmonds Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2014 Angela Caliendo Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, USA
2013 Paul Duprex Boston University, Boston, USA
2012 Linfa Wang Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
2011 Mark Pallansch Division of Viral Diseases, Centers of Disease Control and Prev, USA
2010 Yoshihiro Kawaoka University of Wisconsin-School of veterinary Medicine, USA
2009 Richard Tedder Blood Borne Virus Unit, Health Protection Agency, United Kingdom
2008 Mary Estes Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
2007 Ralf Bartenschlager University of Heidelberg, Germany
2006 Guy Boivin University of Quebec, Canada
2005 Britta Warren Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 Malik Peiris Hong Kong
2003 Robert Swanepoel Republic of South Africa
2002 Ab Osterhaus Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Lam Sai Kit Inst Pengurusan Penyelidikan Perundingan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2000 Guiseppe Gerna IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Pavia, Italy
1999 Jehangir E. Banatvala King’s College, London, United Kingdom
1998 Thomas F. Smith Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis, USA
1997 Marc van Regenmortel CNRS, Strasbourg, France
1996 Ken McIntosh Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

GARDNER GUIDELINES

The Lectureship was established in 1995 with a generous Bequest in the Will of Professor Phillip Gardner, who established the European Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis, later to be one of the founding partners of the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV).

The Bequest was to endow an Annual Lectureship to be given by an eminent virologist, preferably but not essentially, with a central interest in, and practical experience of, diagnostic or clinical virology. The concept is that a scientist with an international reputation will be invited to give a lecture on a subject of his/her choice to the main meeting of ESCV during the year. The intention is that the topic chosen will be relevant now or in the future to diagnostic or clinical virologists, and should not preclude “pure” science if it is likely to have a practical application in the future.

Wherever possible, the Lecturer will be encouraged to be present for the whole of the meeting at which the lecture is given to allow young scientists a chance to pick his/her brains. If facilities permit, the Lecturer can give laboratory instruction of particular skills.

The size of the Bequest was chosen so that the interest from the capital would be enough to allow a scientist from any laboratory in the world to be invited. It would pay return standard airfare or first class rail to the meeting, hotel expenses during it and laboratory expenses, if necessary. All meals and other reasonable travel expenses would be covered, but the lecturer would be responsible for extras, such as personal telephone calls, minibar, etc.

The Bequest will provide a Certificate, suitable for framing, to commemorate the event.

Any Member of ESCV may put forward in writing the name of a scientist as Gardner Lecturer to the ESCV Executive (with copy to the secretariat secretariat.escv@kenesgroup.com), who will recommend a preferred candidate, or a choice of two names, to the Council of the Society for ratification. Once a decision is ratified, the President will write to the person concerned inviting him/her to accept the Lectureship for the next main meeting of ESCV and asking both for a lecture title and dates of arrival and departure.

The list of Gardner Lecturers should be maintained on the ESCV website.

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