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Young Scientist Awards
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The two Young Scientist Awards (YSA) honour an individual prominent performance by a student for the Best Platform Presentation and the Best Poster Presentation at the SETAC Europe annual meeting.

Best Platform Presentation Award sponsored by ECETOC

Best Poster Presentation Award sponsored by SETAC Europe


Requirements and Limitations 

In order to qualify for consideration, the first and presenting author of the presentation must be a student (BSc, MSc or PhD) OR a scientist within 3 year from MSc graduation


Application Instructions 

The abstract transmittal form for the annual meeting provides directions for the author to indicate his or her desire to participate in this competition. Only one presentation will be accepted per person and presenters with several presentations will need to choose one. 

Candidates will be asked to complete and confirm the participation via email and must register for the annual meeting by the early bird registration.


Selection of Awardee

Applicants will be judged by reviewers on the basis of the following criteria:

Scientific Content and Structure of Presentation: Clarity of objectives; Appropriateness of methodology and clarity of explanation of methodology; Presentation and discussion of results; Conclusions


Oral Delivery: Indications of good preparation (including timing for platform presentations); Clarity of speech, indication of enthusiasm for subject and ability to hold interest of audience/ poster attendees

Visual Impact: Overall layout and clarity; Effectiveness in reinforcing presentation; Innovative use of imagery and layout, engaging

Defense of Presentation: Clarity of answers to question, demonstrated knowledge of work by responding to questions

The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of the annual meeting and receive Acertificate and a free registration to attend the next year SETAC Europe annual meeting and an invitation to the   Presidents Reception and a prize money cover travel and accommodation costs. 

A certificate and a free registration to attend the next year SETAC Europe annual meeting and an invitation to the   Presidents Reception and a prize money cover travel and accommodation costs. 

For more information, please contact Rebecca Bundschuh


2019 Award Winners at the SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting, Helsinki, Finland

ECETOC Best Platform Presentation Simone Rizzuto, United Kingdom
Best Poster Presentation Maxime Gauthier, Canada

2018 Award Winners at the SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting, Rome, Italy

ECETOC Best Platform Presentation  Michael Bertram, Monash University, Australia  
Best Poster Presentation  Hanna Joerss, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany


2017 Award Winners at the SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, Brussels, Belgium

ECETOC Best Platform Presentation Richard Cross, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, United Kingdom
Best Poster Presentation Amandine LaffiteUniversity of Geneva, Switzerland


2016 winners at the SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting, Nantes, France

ECETOC Best Platform Presentation Yuan Pan, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Best Poster Presentation Riccardo Massei, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany


2015 winners at the SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain

ECETOC Best Platform Presentation Daniela Batista, University of Minho, Portugal 
Best Poster Presentation (sponsored by Sabadell Banc Foundation) Fabian Fischer, UFZ Leipzig, Germany


2014 winners at the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting, Basel, Switzerland

ECETOC Best Platform Presentation Steffi Bohme, UFZ Leipzig, Germany
Tom Feijtel Best Poster Presentation Deedar Nabi, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland


2013 winners at the SETAC Europe 23th Annual Meeting, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Best Platform Presentation   Julita Stadnicka-Michalak, Eawag, Switzerland
Best Poster Presentation   King Yan Ho, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


2012 winners at the SETAC 6th World Congress & SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting, Berlin, Germany

Best Platform Presentation   Dorothea Gilbert, Aarhus University, Denmark
Best Poster Presentation   Lisbeth van Cauwenberghe, Ghent University, Belgium


2011 winners at the SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting, Milan, Italy

Best Platform Presentation   Charles Hazlerigg, Imperial College, United Kingdom
Best Poster Presentation   A. Patricia Tcaciuc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States


2010 winners at the SETAC Europe 20th Annual Meeting, Seville, Spain

Best Platform Presentation   Anne-Marie Boulay, CIRAIG, Canada
Best Poster Presentation   Andrea Emili, Universita degli Studi di Trieste, Italy


2009 winners at the SETAC Europe 19th Annual Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden

Best Platform Presentation   Lucia Vergauwen, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Best Poster Presentation   Graeme Hickey, Durham University, United Kingdom


2008 winners at the SETAC Europe 18th Annual Meeting, Warsaw, Poland

Best Platform Presentation   Emma Schymanski, Helmholtz Centre for Environm. Research, Germany
Best Poster Presentation   Jiri Kohoutek, Masaryk University, Czech Republic


2007 winners at the SETAC Europe 17th Annual Meeting, Porto, Portugal

Best Platform Presentation   Thijs Van Boxtel, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Best Poster Presentation   Marcelle Marchand, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

2006 winners at the SETAC Europe 16th Annual Meeting, The Hague, The Netherlands

Best Platform Presentation   Fabienne Moser, Centre for Expertise of Life Sciences, Waedenswil, Switzerland
Best Poster Presentation   Virginie Gillardin, University of Namur, Namur, Belgium


2005 winners at the SETAC Europe 15th Annual Meeting, Lille, France

Best Platform Presentation   Dries Knapen, Antwerp University, Belgium
Best Poster Presentation   Steven Droge, IRAS, Utrecht University, The Netherlands


2004 winners at the SETAC Europe 14th Annual Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic

Best Platform Presentation   Jan Balaam, CEFAS, United Kingdom
Best Poster Presentation   Seiji Hashimoto, National Institute of Environmental studies, Tsukaba, Japan

2003 winners at the SETAC Europe 13th Annual Meeting, Hamburg, Germany

Best Platform Presentation   Wiebke Meyer, University of Bremen, Germany
Best Poster Presentation   Antje Gerofke, Baltic Sea Research Institute, Rostock, Germany


2002 winners at the SETAC Europe 12th Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria

Best Platform Presentation   Janet Y.M. Tang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Best Poster Presentation   Masahiko Hirao, University of Tokyo, Japan


2001 winners at the SETAC Europe 11th Annual Meeting, Madrid, Spain

Best Platform Presentation   Katrine Borgå, Norwegian Polar Inst., Norway
Best Poster Presentation   Karen Thorpe, Univ. of Exeter, United Kingdom


2000 winners at the SETAC Europe 10th Annual Meeting, Brighton, United Kingdom

Best Platform Presentation   Emma Smith, Univ. of Plymouth, United Kingdom
Best Poster Presentation    Asa Arrhenius, Univ. of Göteborg, Sweden


1999 winners at the SETAC Europe 9th Annual Meeting, Leipzig, Germany

Best Platform Presentation   Wim de Coen, Univ. of Ghent, Belgium
Best Poster Presentation    Claire Daniells, Univ. of Nottingham, United Kingdom


1998 winners at the SETAC Europe 8th Annual Meeting, Bordeaux, France

Best Platform Presentation   Maria Granberg, Univ. of Göteborg, Sweden
Best Poster Presentation   Tobias Frische, Univ. of Bremen, Germany


1997 winners at the SETAC Europe 7th Annual Meeting, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Best Platform Presentation  
 Darius Sabalunias, Univ. of Lund, Sweden
Best Poster Presentation    Graeme Taylor, Univ. of Stirling, United Kingdom


1996 winners at the SETAC Europe 6th Annual Meeting, Taormina, Italy 

Best Platform Presentation  
Brigitte Goser, Techn. Hochschule Aachen, Germany
Best Poster Presentation   Florence Pérès, Univ. of Bordeaux, France


1995 winners at the SETAC Europe 5th Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark

Best Platform Presentation  
Damjana Drobne, Univ. of Ljubljana, Slovenija
Best Poster Presentation   Béatrice Inra, Univ. of Bordeaux I, France


1994 winners at the SETAC Europe 4th Annual Meeting, Brussels, Belgium

Best Platform Presentation  
Frank Wania, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
Best Poster Presentation   Angélique Belfroid, Univ. of Utrecht, The Netherlands