The Irene Manton Prize

£1000 and a piece of fine art for the best doctoral thesis in botany (algae, fungi or plants).

Awarded for the best thesis in botany examined for a doctorate of philosophy. It is open to candidates whose research has been carried out whilst registered at any UK institution. Theses on the full range of plant sciences are eligible. Nominations are received from the Head of Department, or the supervisor of the candidate.

Eligibility Criteria:

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  • Open to PhD candidates whose doctorate has been awarded during the previous eighteen months (from closing date of nomination).
  • PhD candidate can be any nationality, but research to have been carried out whilst registered at a UK institution
  • The thesis must be of outstanding quality and be on any aspect of botany (e.g. embracing algae, fungi or plants)
  • Nominations to be made by the Head of Department or supervisor of the candidate
  • Up to two candidates may be nominated per department
  • Nominee cannot, at the time of nomination, be a member of Council
  • Nominee does not need to be a Fellow of the Society

Evaluation criteria will include (scores in parentheses):

  1. Writing and organisation (0-10)
  2. Presentation (format, illustrations) (0-10)
  3. Intrinsic interest of question (0-20)
  4. Contextualization of problem (0-10)
  5. Quantity of data collected (0-10)
  6. Quality of data collected (0-10)
  7. Data analysis (0-20)
  8. Discussion depth and breadth (0-10)
  9. Published papers (0-10)


Nominations should be submitted by completing the downloadable form and sending to nominations@linnean.org
by 30 November.

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Recipients of the Irene Manton Prize
  • Leanne Melbourne (2019)
  • Alexander Hetherington (2018)
  • Steven Dodsworth (2017)
  • Christopher Williamson (2016)
  • Shanna Ludwig (2015)
  • Simon Renny-Byfield (2014)
  • Janine Pendleton (2013)
  • Alexander S T Papadopulos (2012)
  • Tiina Sarkinen (2011)
  • Christopher Thorogood (2010)
  • Chris Yesson (2009)
  • James Clarkson and Silva Pressel (2008)
  • Lionel Navarro (2007)
  • Yuki Yasumura (2006)
  • Alex Wortley (2005)
  • Mark Clegg (2003)
  • Julie King (2002)
  • Alison Gwen Roberts (2001)
  • James Edward Richardson (2000)
  • Melissa Spielman (1999)
  • Alexander Weir (1998)
  • Colin Edward Hughes (1997)
  • Dorothy Steane (1996)
  • Sally Glockling (1995)
  • James Joseph English (1994)
  • William Justin Goodrich (1993)
  • Sharon Anita Robinson and Robert Winning Scotland (1992)
  • not awarded (1991)
  • Christine Masterson (1990)
Dr Leanne Melbourne FLS, Medal winner 2019
Dr Leanne Melbourne FLS, Medal winner 2019
Dr Alexander Hetherington FLS, Medal winner 2018
Dr Alexander Hetherington FLS, Medal winner 2018