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Union Awards

The Union presents awards at the annual Union World Conference and the General Assembly of members, which usually takes place during the conference.

The Union Medal, The Union's highest honour, and Honorary Membership are awards given by the membership through the Board of Directors. Both recognise very distinguished careers in TB and lung health and long-time involvement in The Union.

The Karel Styblo Public Health Prize, The Union Scientific Prize and The Union Young Investigator Prize recognise contributions to TB, asthma, HIV, child lung health, tobacco control and related lung conditions. Individuals (and organisations, in the case of the Karel Styblo Public Health Prize) may be nominated for these awards. 

The Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Leadership Prize was established in 2016 through a global partnership between  the TB Centre of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in Cape Town, and The Union. It acknowledges young researchers (under 40 years old at the time of the Union World Conference) conducting promising work focused on reducing the disease burden of TB and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nominations are closed for these prizes until 2021.

Since 1904, lung health associations have raised millions of dollars in funds for lung diseases by selling Christmas or TB seals. The Union historically honoured these important fundraising and public-awareness campaigns by inviting Heritage and Organisational Members to display their seals at the Union World Conference. Then, in one of the conference's most colourful traditions,  members attending the Union World Conference vote for their favourite seals. Certificates are received for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

For 2020 both Union World Conference attendees and the general public were invited to vote in the 2020 Christmas Seals contest.

CHRISTMAS SEALS EXHIBIT AND CONTEST

Since 1904, lung health associations have raised millions of dollars in funds for lung diseases by selling Christmas or TB seals. The Union historically honoured these important fundraising and public-awareness campaigns by inviting Heritage and Organisational Members to display their seals at the Union World Conference. Then, in one of the conference's most colourful traditions,  members attending the Union World Conference vote for their favourite seals. Certificates are received for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

For 2020 both Union World Conference attendees and the general public were invited to vote in the 2020 Christmas Seals contest.