Travel Grant & Gertrud Meissner Award
ESM Travel Grant

The ESM is delighted to support young scientists (PhD students or postdocs in the first 5 years) with a travel grant to attend the annual meeting of the European Society of Mycobacteriology. Travel grants comprise of travel support of up to 700 Euro and free registration.

For application, please send a cover letter which describes your motivation to visit the ESM meeting, the abstract submitted and a short CV to the ESM office by mail (,

The Deadline for Travel grant submission for the annual meeting
in Germany is on March 23, 2018.

Gertrud Meissner Award

The Gertrud Meissner Award is an award dedicated annually to scientists in an early phase of their career who are doing excellent research in the field of mycobacteriology.
It is aimed at supporting high quality work in all fields of mycobacteriology such as diagnostics, resistance mechanisms, molecular epidemiology, population genetics or host- pathogen interaction.
The award is named after Gertrud Meissner in recognition of her significant efforts to stimulate and build up a mycobacteriology research community in Europe. She was the first head of the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Research Center Borstel. Her work was the basis for rational drug susceptibility testing in 1950. Also, she has established principles of development of resistance in clinical isolates and demonstrated its association with virulence. She continuously supported the mycobacteriology community, was a founding member of the European Society of Mycobacteriology and chair of the first congress of the society held in Borstel in 1980..
The Gertrud Meissner Award is endowed with 2000 € and will be handed over on the occasion of the annual ESM congress where the awardee will be given the opportunity to present his/her work.
Members of the ESM society may submit a proposal for a candidate (deadline end of April), together with the following documents (in English):

  • letter of recommendation
  • CV of the candidate
  • short summary of the major points of the research work
  • publication record
  • contact information (e-mail and postal address)

Submissions to be sent by e-mail to the ESM office (,
Decision criteria are the scientific and technological quality or the work, publications, conducted research projects, and innovative new concepts/ideas.
Proposals will be evaluated by an expert panel nominated by the steering committee of the ESM. We thank the Research Center Borstel for its generous support.

The Deadline for Gertrud Meissner Award submission for the annual meeting in Germany is on March 23, 2018.

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