The Ménière’s Society announces its inaugural competition for the best scientific essay on the topic of Ménière’s disease. The competition is open to all and will recognise original and innovative achievement in the field of Ménière’s research. Young researchers and students are encouraged to apply.
The Ménière’s Society is the only registered charity in the UK dedicated solely to supporting people with vestibular (inner ear) disorders causing dizziness and imbalance.
The award will be given at the Ménière’s Society Conference, held in London (UK) on Saturday 15 October 2016. Note that this date might be postponed due to unforeseen response volumes.
Worth of Award: £1000
Project Details

  • The Marie and Gordon Nobbs Award is a science writing competition on the subject of Ménière’s Disease (MD).
  • It was created as a mean to spread awareness about this condition and encourage new ideas.
  • This award is entirely funded by the Ménière’s Society, a charity in support of those affected by the disease.
  • The Marie and Gordon Nobbs Award competition is named after the Society’s President and Founder, Mrs Marie Nobbs MBE. It is awarded annually.


  • Applications are welcome from outside of the UK, however the prize money will be paid in GBP. Costs incurred in entering the competition are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • The winner will receive the Society’s Marie and Gordon Nobbs Award.
  • The competition is open to all. Young researchers and students are encouraged to apply.
  • The essay will be reviewed and marked according to the following criteria: scientific reasoning, clarity, novelty and bibliographic reference. The Ménière’s Society research panel will mark the essays.

Award criteria

The subject of the essay should be pertinent to Ménière’s disease from a medical, biological or sociological point of view.
Example essay topics include:
  • Novel theories explaining Ménière’s disease
  • Socio-economic effects of Ménière’s disease
  • Philosophical considerations on Ménière’s disease
  • Treatment of Ménière’s disease
  • Diagnostic techniques for Ménière’s disease
  • Experience as a Ménière’s disease subject

How to Apply

  • Entries should be an original piece of work and be previously unpublished.
  • Entries should be submitted online.
  • Up to 1500 words excluding references.

Deadline: application closes October 7, 2016
Click here for more details and to apply

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