SRF Distinguished Scientist Anne McLaren Award

The Society acknowledges research career excellence of premier scientists that have made pioneering scientific contributions to the field of reproductive biology. Criteria include the development of innovative and insightful hypotheses and the creation of new knowledge thus serving as a foundation for increased understanding of reproductive biology.

The SRF Distinguished Scientist (Anne McLaren) Award 2023 has been awarded to:

Professor Helen Picton, Leeds University, UK

Nominations for the 2024 SRF Distinguished Scientist (Anne McLaren) Award are closed. 

The Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF) acknowledges the work of premier scientists that have made major scientific contributions to the field of reproductive biology through the Distinguished Scientist Award. Recipients will present their lecture at the annual Fertility meeting.


  • The Distinguished Scientist (Anne McLaren) nominees do not need to be SRF members.
  • This award is based on the candidate’s overall research career excellence (see award criteria), and they must typically be still research active (as evidenced by the 5 years activity).
  • A system of nonominator and one or more supporting seconders is required for each nomination.
  • To ensure inclusivity and diversity we encourage applications from all groups including  those underrepresented.
  • Current council members are not eligible for nomination.


  • The deadline for nominations is 15th May to enable sufficient time to judge the nominees prior to the May Council Ratification of the successful nominee will take place at the May Council meeting. The Committee reserves the right to extend the deadline as required. Unsuccessful nominees can be reconsidered for nomination in subsequent years.

Judging of the Award:

  • The Award will be judged by a panel of SRF Council members.
  • All eligible nominees will be considered alongside the following criteria. Please note that these criteria are considered as guidance to allow for fair comparison. There is no expectation that eligible candidates must meet every attribute.


    • Originality
    • Pioneered in the development of novel and significant areas of knowledge including the development of innovative hypotheses.
    • Developed new knowledge in a creative manner and with independent insight.
    • Created new knowledge which served as a foundation for expanding our understanding of reproductive biology and/or for commercial and/or clinical translation.

Experimental Practices:

    • Developed new and superior experimental methodologies.
    • Commercial and/or clinical translation.
    • Formulated experimental designs that permitted the derivation of unambiguous conclusions and concepts.
    • Communicated research results to the scientific community with clarity through timely presentation at scientific meetings and by publication in high-quality journals.


    • The nominee provided essential contributions in team research endeavors.
    • The nominee is recognized as an innovator and scholar by her/his peers as evidenced by other scientific awards and invitations to participate in scholarly activities, such as symposia.
    • The nominee shared her/his research experience willingly and unselfishly with the scientific community through activities, such as providing expert advice, sharing new techniques, or providing unique reagents.

Other Activities:

  • Editorships and other activities related to scholarly publications.
  • Mentoring/Teaching that contributes to the longevity of the field of reproductive biology.
  • Participation in regional, national, or international review or advisory committees and panels.


  • Decanter/vase engraved
  • Fertility Conference 3 nights accommodation
  • Fertility Conference registration
  • Fertilty Conference dinner covered

Please make sure that you have all the necessary information before you make your nomination.

Nominations for 2024 are now closed