The IFMBE maintains an awards program to recognise (every three years, on the occasion of the World Congress) individuals for their contributions to Biomedical Engineering.
The awards are:
The IFMBE James Zimmerman Prize (JZP) was established in 2009 by the IFMBE Administrative Council in the honour of James Edward Zimmerman, engineer who co-invented SQUID and pioneered applications of SQUID technologies in heart and brain research. The first JZP was awarded in 2010 in Dubrovnik, Croatia during BIOMAG2010 on the occation of the 40th anniversary of the publication of the first magnetocardiographic measurements using SQUID technology. More details about the work of James Zimmerman can be found at:
The Prize is presented biannually at the IFMBE endorsed series of International conferences on biomagnetism – BIOMAG and consists of a plaque and a monetary award of 1,000 EUR. The primary criterion for the JZ Prize is an exceptional contribution to novel SQUID-based method developments and applications in the field of biomagnetism.
The James Zimmermann Prize Agreement (Agreement on the cooperation between the IFMBE and IAB of the BIOMAG conferences) was signed in Zagreb, Croatia, on 15th September, in year 2011.
The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), UK, has established the Nightingale Award. Nightingale was a founder member of the British Biomedical Engineering Society which was later absorbed into IPEM. IPEM will fund and organize the award but it will be on the basis of the best paper published by the IFMBE journal, MBEC, during a particular year. The award will be: The IPEM Nightingale Prize in association with MBEC and IFMBE.
The MBEC Editorial Board will be responsible for the selection of the author to be awarded.
The new IFMBE/IAMBE Early Career Award (ECA) highlights the commitment of the IFMBE to support and encourage promising young researchers at an early stage in their career.
The Award consists of a certificate and a monetary award. Awards are given at each IFMBE World Congress to one individual from each of the following four geographic regions: North America, Central & South America, Europe & Africa, Asia-Pacific. Particular emphasis is given to countries with a low economic background, and to geographical diversity.