Recognizing Altruism and Innovation

Science has the power to change human lives for the better –  by providing more effective medicines and diagnostics, cleaner water, safer food, and much more. The Humanity in Science Award recognizes and rewards a recent scientific breakthrough that aims to have a real impact on humankind’s health and wellbeing.

The next Humanity in Science Award will be presented in 2017, with the winner(s) receiving a grand prize of $25,000. Could it be you or someone you know?


  • The Humanity in Science Award is open to researchers worldwide.
  • It may be awarded to an individual, group, team, company or other large group; and can recognize a technology, process or product.
  • There are two ways to enter: you can nominate the work of yourself or your team with an essay; or nominate a peer’s work by submitting a letter of recommendation. The nomination should describe the how the work has impacted humanity.
  • The work must have been performed during the previous three years.

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Submit your Entry

To submit your entry for The Humanity in Science Award you will need to provide all of the following:

  • A 1000-word essay that describes the development and use of a technology, process or product for the betterment of humankind.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from a senior figure in the field who is familiar with the work.
  • Brief CVs of the main nominees.
  • Full citations of papers published by the nominees that describe the work.

Please submit all nominations in English and combine multiple documents into a single ZIP archive. Acceptable document formats include: PDF, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, JPEG, TIFF, AI, PSD, RTF and TXT.

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The Award Winners


Waseem Asghar

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Peter H. Seeberger and Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern


Meet the 2016 winner

Abstract and Biography

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 35 million people are living with HIV and more than 1.5 million died of AIDS. HIV has become one of the most devastating pathogens in human history causing 25 million deaths and it remains the leading cause of death in Africa. More than 95 percent of HIV infections are in developing countries, two-thirds of them in sub-Saharan Africa, where 28 million people are living with HIV. Although antiretroviral therapy (ART) is effective in saving AIDS patients' lives, the implementation of ART worldwide has been drastically hampered by the lack of treatment monitoring diagnostics and disease management. Waseem Asghar, Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University has identified new paper and flexible material-based diagnostic biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureas and other pathogens. Using a drop of blood from a fingerprick, this novel biosensing platform provides clinically relevant specificity, sensitivity and detection of pathogens from whole blood and plasma. Using paper and flexible substrates as materials for biosensors, Asghar and his collaborators identified a new rapid and cost-effective way to diagnose diseases and monitor treatment in point-of-care settings.

Waseem Asghar

Assistant Professor in a joint position at the Department of Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, Waseem Asghar received his PhD in Spring 2012 from the University of Texas Arlington, with a research focus on development of micro and nanoscale devices for cancer diagnostics and treatment. Asghar then held a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, before joining Stanford School of Medicine as Research Fellow. Asghar has a solid background in nano-biosensors, BioMEMS, point-of-care devices,  reproductive technologies, and tissue culture. Now, his research focuses on a broad area of biotechnology, including the development of flexible microfluidic platforms for HIV patients, early detection of cancer at molecular and cellular scale, microfluidic devices for sperm sorting, cryobiology, and drug delivery.

Winning The Humanity in Science Award: Analytica Symposium

More Information

The Humanity in Science Award is an international research prize that recognises and rewards scientific breakthroughs that can substantially benefit human lives. Applications from all fields and industries are welcome.

You can nominate the work of someone else by writing a letter of recommendation that outlines why you believe the work is worthy of receiving the Award. Alternatively, you can nominate your own work – or more importantly that of your colleagues – by writing a 1000-word essay detailing the project and its humanitarian impact along with a letter of nomination from a respected and independent scientist. Initial evaluation of nominations will be performed by Rich Whitworth, Content Director, Texere Publishing. The Top 10 entries will be forwarded to an independent judging panel for selection of a winning project and three projects deserving of silver recognition. The winning group or individual will be awarded $25,000 in prize money.

The Terms & Conditions are available here.

There are two ways to submit an entry for Humanity in Science Award:

Submitting your own work or that of your team

You must provide:

  • A 1000-word essay that describes the development and use of a technology, process or product for the betterment of humankind.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from a senior figure in the field who is familiar with the work.
  • Brief CVs of the main nominees.
  • Full citations of papers published by the nominees that describe the work.

Nominating a peer

You must provide:

  • A letter of recommendation that describes the nominee’s development and use of a technology, process or product for the betterment of humankind, and why you believe it is a true breakthrough.

The Judging Panel

Rich Whitworth

Editor, The Analytical Scientist

Content Director, Texere Publishing

Gregory Webster

Gregory Webster

Senior Principal Research Scientist


Peter Schoenmakers

Professor of Analytical Chemistry/Forensic Science

University of Amsterdam

Neil Spooner

Director and Founder, Spooner Bioanalytical Solutions

Emily Hilder

Director: Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia

Benjamin W. Smith


Department of Chemistry, University of Florida

Kathryn Monks

Head of Applications & Academy, KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH

Prize: $25,000

The winning group or individual will enjoy a total of $25,000 in prize money. This is a personal gift. The winner and three runners-up will receive a complimentary five-year subscription to The Analytical Scientist and The Analytical Scientist online.

The Humanity in Science Award is presented by The Analytical Scientist in partnership with KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH. We are proud to be working together to recognize the altruistic impact that science can have on human lives.

KNAUER manufactures liquid chromatography instruments for analytical and preparative HPLC, osmometer and high-end chromatography systems for SMB and FPLC. Together with scientists in the lab, KNAUER develops innovative and individual solutions. KNAUER strives to provide scientists with the best tools for their research tasks.

KNAUER is celebrating its 55th birthday this year and the winner* of the Humanity in Science award will receive their award at a special jubilee reception hosted by KNAUER in Berlin, Germany on October 2, 2017 which will be attended by key industry leaders.

KNAUER was founded in 1962 by Dr Herbert Knauer. Dr Knauer is renowned throughout the industry for his inventiveness and entrepreneurial spirit. Dr Knauer’s wife, and co-founder of KNAUER, Mrs Roswitha Knauer, will be presenting the award to the Humanity in Science award winner.

The source of KNAUER’s success is numerous world firsts that have won more than 20 awards for innovation. KNAUER is an established partner in science and supports research and technological advancement.

*The winner (or up to three representatives in case of a large team) will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to the location (flight, hotel, and ground transportation to/from the event).