The Future Directions Launch Award
The Future Directions Launch Award recognizes early career scientists conducting research in the Future Directions Address topics covered at the Forum that year (i.e., one awardee for each Future Directions Address topic). We hold a ceremony at the Forum to announce award recipients, who give TED Talk-style presentations about their work. We stream these presentations live, store them, and link them to YouTube. The Future Directions Launch Award serves as a capstone to the academic training of its recipients—a signal to the field and larger public that they are on a direct path to independent research careers.