The ECSS has received a record number of 538 applications to the ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA) for this year’s congress – ECSS Barcelona 2013.
One of the key objectives of the ECSS is the promotion of junior scientists and the fostering of state-of-the-art research. For this purpose the ECSS established the Young Investigators Award (YIA).

“The Young Investigator Awards is a competition among junior scientists for the best oral presentation or poster. We would like to showcase with these awards the best science presented by our young colleagues and both reward excellence and set the highest possible standards.” says Hans Hoppeler, ECSS Past President

Watch the YIA video from ECSS Liverpool 2011

YIA Video ECSS Liverpool 2011

Since the inauguration of the ECSS and its first annual congress in Nice, France in 1996, Mars Inc. as founding partner of the ECSS sponsors the YIA with generous cash prizes to support up-coming scientists. Young scientists have the opportunity of entering this prestigious competition for scientific excellence, where outstanding scientific work can be presented at the annual congress. A jury consisting of the ECSS Scientific Board and ECSS Scientific Committee grants the awards based upon an oral and poster presentation for the top ten presentations respectively.


Interview with former YIA winner

ECSS met with Dr. Vera Abeln a former YIA winner from the German Sport University in Cologne, Germany.

Dr. Vera Abeln, equal 5th winner oral presentation, ECSS Anatalya 2010

ECSS: What was your motivation to participate in the YIA competition?

Vera Abeln: Competition against other young investigators was my first hand motivation at the same time it was to assess own research and presentation quality.

ECSS: What is your field of research?


VA: I work in the field of Exercise-Neurophysiology.

ECSS: What influence had/has the award on your scientific career?


VA: Being a Young Investigator Award winner has gained my reputation and it certainly helps for any job applications. I was integrated into the YIA winner community which delivers great support in networking in the exercise science family.

ECSS: What means winning the YIA to you, personally?


VA: It was a big honour for me and I was so proud to win it. It confirmed my willingness and goals to continue working in the exercise science field.

ECSS: Thank you, Vera and see you in Barcelona.


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