The Pat Burnell Young Investigator Award

Deadline: 10th July 2020

Pat Burnell was a key instigator in setting up the DDL Conference  30 years ago. Her vision was for a conference that is accessible and inclusive to all. She was passionate about aerosol science and in her own words “those who do the research should present their work, not their stuffy old boss or academic supervisors”.

This award recognises the vision of Pat Burnell and has been designed to encourage junior researchers from either academia or industry to present their work at the DDL Conference.

Shortlisted Authors will be asked to deliver a 10 minute oral presentation in the main auditorium as well as presenting a poster at the conference. The award will be given to the researcher who, in the opinion of the DDL Organising Committee, has not only produced the best research but has shown that they understand and can explain their work.

The winner of the Pat Burnell Young Investigator Award receives a certificate and £500.00 prize funds.

This award is separate from the Best Academic Poster award (£250) and the Best Industry Poster award (£250) which are also judged during the DDL Conference, so we recommend supervisors to encourage their students to apply.


To be eligible for this award, you should submit your aerosol science research topic while studying for your degree (BSc, MSc, MD, PhD, other postgraduate qualification) or up to 3 years post completion.

You will need to submit an accompanying letter of support from your supervisor.

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for the award, you must submit a conference paper to the DDL Conference ticking the box to be considered for The Pat Burnell Young Investigator Award before the deadline of 10th July 2020.

Call for papers will be announced on the DDL2020 Conference website

The DDL Organising Committee shortlist the best abstracts and will contact the authors during September 2020.

Previous Award Winners

Sanketkumar Pandya
Ayasha Patel
Ahmed O.Shalash
Sumit Arora
Abhinav Kumar
Daniel Zimarev

Apply for this award

In order to apply for this award, you must be a member.
Membership costs just £30.00 per year, and is free for students.