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The IWGSC Leadership Award is given to recognize significant achievements, including major scientific milestones, that would not have been accomplished were it not for the demonstration of outstanding leadership and commitment to the overall objective by an individual or a group.

In January 2019, at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego (United States), the IWGSC presented Outstanding Leadership Awards to Hélène Bergès , Hirokazu Handa , Curtis Pozniak and Francis Quétier