WFCC Skerman Award for Microbial Taxonomy

The Skerman Award was established to honour the contribution made by Professor Victor Bruce Darlington Skerman to bacterial taxonomy, to the establishment of the WFCC World Data Centre on Microorganisms, and to the development of the WFCC.



Prof. Victor Bruce Darlington Skerman (1921-1993)

Professor Skerman made major contributions to the reform of bacterial systematics. He was the catalyst and a driving force for a series of reforms which led to the clarification of bacterial nomenclature (1). He reorganized the International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology. He developed a database on culture collections which would become the WFCC World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM). He published the first edition of the World directory of collections of cultures of microorganisms(2).


WFCC Skerman Award

The aim of the Award is to encourage taxonomic research by young microbiologists and to reward excellence in taxonomic research and significant contributions to the discipline. The successful recipient of the Award will receive a prize of $2000 together with a return economy class airfare and registration costs to attend the Fourteenth International Congress for Culture Collections (ICCC 14) to be held in Antalya, Turkey in fall 2016. The recipient will be invited to deliver the Skerman Award Lecture on his/her research. The recipient will also receive a certificate of the Award.


2016 WFCC Skerman Award for Microbial Taxonomy

The World Federation for Culture Collections invites applications from young microbial taxonomists for the WFCC Skerman Award for Taxonomy. Applicants should be less than 40 years of age at the time of application.

Applicants should provide a CV, a list of research publications, the names and addresses of two referees familiar with their research who have agreed to act as referees, and copies of their three most significant research publications.

Applications should be submitted to the WFCC President, Philippe Desmeth, - preferably by Email at desp@belspo.be, - or by mail at Philippe Desmeth c/o Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms, BelSPO, avenue Louise 231, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2015

Please see www.wfcc.info for the World Federation for Culture Collections website


(1) Sly, LI 1995 Int J Syst Bacteriol 45:412-413
(2) Martin, SM and VBD Skerman 1970 World Directory of collections of cultures of microorganisms. Wily Interscience, New York.