ISEV Special Awards

The ISEV Special Achievement Award is presented each year at the ISEV annual meeting for outstanding contributions to EV science and/or ISEV. Other special awards are conferred as seen fit by the ISEV board and annual meeting organizers.

Special Achievement Awards


Jan Lotvall (Sweden), for his service as the first ISEV President


Clotilde Théry (France), Yong Song Gho (South Korea), and Peter Quesenberry (US) for their service as the first Editor-in-Chief team of Journal of Extracellular Vesicles (JEV)


Xandra Breakefield (US) for her discoveries in the area of cancer EVs and extracellular RNA


Ermanno Bonucci (Italy) and H. Clarke Anderson (US) for their work on bone matrix EVs


Phil Stahl (US) for his discoveries of exosome release pathways


Graça Raposo (France) for her contributions to the science of EV biogenesis and immunology


Marca Wauben (Netherlands) for recognition of her extraordinary service to EV science and to Takahiro Ochiya (Japan) for his “sustained contributions in leading the field in cancer and RNA extracellular biology research and as a mentor to younger researchers.”


Andrew Hill (Australia) for his service as President of ISEV from 2016-2020 and Edit Buzas (Hungary) for "major contributions to the EV field and to ISEV" including as Education Chair from 2016-2020


Kenneth Witwer (US) for his major achievements in promoting rigor and standardization and for disseminating EV science, as chair of ISEV Science and Meetings, coordinator of MISEV 2018, and creator of the EVClub online.


Rienk Nieuwland (Netherlands) for his relentless efforts in the rigor and standardization initiatives brought from hematology/cardiovascular microparticle experience into the EV field.

Esther Nolte-'t Hoenfor (Netherlands) her sustained efforts for education on EVs (EMBO course co-organization) and for bridging the EV, immunology and virology fields.

Guillaume van Niel (France) for his sustained efforts for education on EVs (EMBO course co-organization) and for pioneering approaches and models for in vivo imaging of EVs.  

Other Special Awards

  • 2016 Lifetime Membership Awards to Jan Lotvall (Sweden) and Margareta Sjostrand (Sweden)
  • 2016 Education Award Recipient: Cecilia Lässer (Sweden) for her coordination of the first MOOC
  • 2020 Special Education Award: Carolina Soekmadji (Australia) for her coordination of the second ISEV MOOC
  • 2021 Early/Mid-Career Award: An Hendrix (Belgium) for major contributions to science, scientific rigor, and the EV community, including the EV-TRACK knowledgebase and EMBO course organization
  • 2021 Special Translation Award: Johan Skog (US) for development and commercialization of EV-based biomarker tests