We are currently reviewing if we will accept applications for this award for our DDL2021 Conference.

If we are able to hold our face to face event, we will accept applications.  If we must choose to hold our conference virtually, we will postpone this competition until 2022.

Pat Burnell was a key instigator in setting up the DDL Conference over 25 years ago. Her vision was for a conference that is accessible and inclusive to all. She was passionate about aerosol science and in her own words “those who do the research should present their work, not their stuffy old boss or academic supervisors”.

This award recognises the vision of Pat Burnell and has been designed to encourage junior researchers from either academia or industry to present their work at the DDL Conference.

Shortlisted Authors will be asked to deliver a 10 minute oral presentation in the main auditorium as well as presenting a poster at the conference. The award will be given to the researcher who, in the opinion of the DDL Organising Committee, has not only produced the best research but has shown that they understand and can explain their work.

The winner of the Pat Burnell Young Investigator Award receives a certificate and £500.00 prize funds.

This award is separate from the Best Academic Poster award (£250) and the Best Industry Poster award (£250) which are also judged during the DDL Conference, so we recommend supervisors to encourage their students to apply.


To be eligible for this award, you should submit your aerosol science research topic while studying for your degree (BSc, MSc, MD, PhD, other postgraduate qualification) or up to 3 years post completion.

You must submit an accompanying letter of support from your supervisor at the point of application.

How to apply

To apply for this award, you must submit a conference paper for DDL2021 when we open the call for papers, later in the year.