Penta announces the inaugural Brighter Future Award to honour maternal and child health champions

30 May, 2023

Penta is proud to unveil the Brighter Future Award (BFA), an annual global event designed to honour and celebrate the remarkable efforts of individuals and organisations working tirelessly to improve health outcomes for children and pregnant people living with infectious diseases worldwide. 

The BFA will recognise these outstanding change makers and provide opportunities for scientists to connect with and learn from local communities at the forefront of maternal and child health. 

Seven winners will be selected by an international jury of experts in their fields. The winners will each receive a €5,000 prize to support their ongoing work. Additionally, the BFA will provide all-expenses-paid trips for the winners to attend Penta’s biannual scientific meeting (PIM 2024) in Italy. 

This prestigious event offers a platform for the winners to share their work with Penta researchers and join a network of like-minded professionals dedicated to the brighter future of our children.  

As an award open to individuals and organisations from across the globe, we anticipate diverse nominations from a group of international trailblazers championing this cause. 

The BFA comprises two categories

  • Penta’s Brighter Future Award: Six awards will be granted, one for each of the six global regions  
  • Penta’s Brighter Future Young Researcher Award: This distinction will be awarded to a young researcher in the maternal and child health field. Young Researchers are defined as individuals undertaking or holding a Ph.D. or equivalent professional training ready to develop their research identity. 

Key Dates: 

  • Launch: 15 June 2023 
  • Nomination deadline: 15 September 2023 
  • The Jury selects 21 candidates: 15 October 2023 
  • Penta ID Network members vote for the final 7 candidates: 20 November 2023 
  • Winners announced: 1 December 2023.  

Penta invites nominations for these prestigious awards, encouraging the global community to recognise the outstanding efforts of those working to make a real difference in maternal and child health worldwide. By highlighting these individuals and organisations, we can inspire others to follow in their footsteps and work towards creating positive change in their own communities.