BioModels “Model of the year” competition 2023

BioModels has launched a new competition for early career researchers, to recognize emerging leaders in systems biology modelling, identify exciting modelling research and promote reproducibility and good modelling practice.

Am I eligible?

The competition is aimed at early career researchers, including but not limited to PhD students, postdocs, staff scientists, and research assistants, who have published a peer-reviewed scientific manuscript with a mathematical model within the last two years (since 1 Jan 2021).

PIs, group leaders, lecturers, and professors are not eligible. 

How do I enter the competition?

1) Submit your model to a public (FAIR) model repository

  • Submit model codes to open standard repositories such as BioModelsPhysiome, and CellCollective and make them publicly available.
  • You can submit your model code in any format (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++, R, Julia Scripts, COPASI, etc). However, submitting the models encoded in community standards including COMBINE standards (e.g. SBML, CellML, OMEX) would be advantageous. 

2) Submit your application using the online form

  • A short summary/abstract of your model, highlighting its scientific outcome, novelty and impact (max.500 words)
  • Citation and link to the published manuscript (Open access) or a PDF

The deadline for submissions is 20 January 2023

What can I win?

  • Winners will share £1000 award money.
  • They will also receive certificates of excellence.
  • Winners will be invited to write a short blog (2-page max) about their models to be published and promoted on the BioModels platform.
  • The jury will aim to publish a piece entitled “Model of the year 2023” in a leading systems biology journal highlighting the winners’ work.

How will the winners be decided?

The jury panel will evaluate the abstracts and select between 4 and 10 BioModels of the year.  Criteria:

  • Scientific merit. Our expert jury panel will evaluate the abstracts on scientific merit.
  • Model reproducibility. Our curators will evaluate the model’s reproducibility. Only reproducible models are eligible.
  •  Community standard. Encoding models in community standards when possible is advantageous.

The competition was officially launched at ICSB2022 ( in Berlin, Germany. 

Further details including an FAQ, eligibility and evaluation criteria, timeline and partners are available here.


Winners of Model of the year 2023 


Dr Jan Rombouts Lendert Gelens’ Lab, University of Leuven, Belgium

"Modular approach to modeling the cell cycle, simple cell cycle model”

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Dr Eva-Maria Geissen Henrik M. Hammarén’s group, EMBL, Germany

“Protein synthesis and post-translational modification”


Dr Lorenz Adlung, Marcel Schilling’s Lab, DKFZ, Germany

"Cell-to-cell variability in JAK2/STAT5 pathway”


Selection Panel

Prof. Amber smith, University of Tennessee

Dr Virginie Uhlmann, EMBL-EBI

Prof.  Silvia Santos, The Francis Crick Institute

Dr Hiroki Asari, EMBL

Dr Wolfgang Huber, EMBL

Dr Thomas Quail, EMBL

Co-ordinator: Dr. Rahuman Sheriff (

If you have questions, please email with ‘Model of the year’ in the subject line.