🇬🇧 Penta unveils Brighter Future Award 2023: Recognising innovators and visionaries driving positive change

15 Jun, 2023

Padua, Italy, 15 June 2023 – Penta, an international independent scientific network dedicated to maternal and child health research, is proud to unveil the Brighter Future Award (BFA), an annual global event designed to celebrate the remarkable efforts of individuals and organisations working tirelessly to improve health outcomes for children and pregnant individuals living with infectious diseases worldwide.

As we acknowledge the vital role of local champions in driving positive change, the BFA aims to 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.

Our children are our future, and their well-being should be a shared responsibility that transcends scientific boundaries. Only by fostering collaboration, advocacy, and policy changes can we ensure that the scientific advancements translate into tangible improvements for every child, paving the way for a healthier, brighter tomorrow”, said Carlo Giaquinto, President of Fondazione Penta ETS and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Padua, Italy.

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 the 2024 Penta ID Network meeting 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 child health.

The BFA comprises two categories:

  • Penta’s Brighter Future Award: Six awards, one for each of the six global regions
  • Penta’s Brighter Future Young Researcher Award: One award to a young researcher in the maternal and child health fields.

Nominations for the Penta BFA are open from 15th June to 15th September 2023. A distinguished panel of experts, including scientists, child health specialists and experts in youth participation in medical research from across the globe will evaluate the nominations based on criteria such as innovation, sustainability, community engagement and social justice. Winners will be announced on 1 December 2023.

More about the BFA nomination process can be found in this video: https://youtu.be/6bCvobzbExc

By recognising the outstanding efforts of those working to make a real difference in maternal and child health worldwide, we hope to inspire others to follow in their footsteps and work towards creating positive change in their own communities.

For more information about the Brighter Future Award and Penta, please visit https://penta-id.org/bfa.

Notes for editors

Penta is an international independent scientific network dedicated to research in child health

More than 30 years since its creation, Penta is today one of the most prominent scientific organisations dedicated to paediatric research. We are an international, independent, scientific collaboration devoted to advancing research on optimising the prevention, diagnose and treatment of infectious diseases in children, globally. www.penta-id.org

Media Contact: Francesca Mazzetto, Penta Senior Communications Manager, francesca.mazzetto@pentafoundation.org