The HUPO Early Career Researcher (ECR) initiative and the EuPA Young Proteomics Investigators Club (YPIC) joined forces for HUPO Connect 2020 to organize the sixth edition of the ECR manuscript competition to select the Proteomics Highlight of the Year by an early career researcher. Every year, early career proteomics researchers are invited to participate to this competition by submitting a manuscript they published in the previous year. An external committee then selects three finalists, who present their work at the HUPO World Congress. Their talks are then evaluated to determine the winner of the competition.
This year's finalists were Marian Kaloscay (Harvard Medical School) Maria Robles (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich), and Jakob Trendel (Technical University Munich). The dedicated oral presentation session for the manuscript competition was one of the highlights of HUPO Connect 2020 with three high-quality talks followed by dynamic Q&A sessions. The quality of the presentations made it very difficult for the panel of external judges to select the overall winner of the competition. Ultimately, this year’s Proteomics Highlight of the Year by an early career researcher was awarded to Maria Robles for her work entitled: “Sleep-wake cycles drive daily dynamics of synaptic phosphorylation”. Congratulations to all! You can read more about the finalists here.