Irving Widmore Bailey (1884—1967) was one of the greatest wood anatomists of all time. His publications on xylem evolution, cambium and wood formation, cell wall ultrastructure, fossil woods, tree pathology, vestured pits, wood identification, and wood properties remain seminal to this day. His broad insights into the biological and practical significance of pattern and process in plant structure are still inspirational. IAWA honours his memory by naming the award for early career researchers who publish their work in the IAWA Journal after him.

PhD candidate or postdoc who has completed her/his PhD no longer than five years since the submission of her/his manuscript may nominate their own submissions directly to the editors (c/o, together with a one page cv, and one supporting statement from a senior IAWA Member before September 15th of 2019. Submissions will undergo the normal peer review process. The Award Committee will be formed by the Editors and Associate Editors of the IAWA Journal (please visit for instructions to authors).

The editors are looking forward to receiving manuscripts and nominations for 2019. Deadline for new nominations is 15th September 2019.