ESPR Early Career Investigator Prize at the 10th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS 2024)

In honour of Prof Henry Halliday

Present your work live during one of Europe's largest Paediatric research meetings and win amazing prizes. We look forward to receiving your application for the ESPR Early Career Investigator Prize at EAPS 2024. Applications are now open!

  • Requirements
    • applicants must be ESPR members;
    • applicants must be under 36 years of age. A copy of your ID indicating the date of birth is to be submitted along with the CV; applicants >36 years of age, for example due to maternity leave, serious illness or differences in the timeline of their degree, will be considered on an individual bases if content of the abstract relates to work from a primary postgraduate degree (MD/PhD), completed within 2 years of application for the Early Career Investigator Award;
    • applicants will not be considered where the content of the abstract relates to work from postdoctoral research work;
    • the content of the abstract must represent original work and cannot be presented and/or published previously;
    • the name of the presenting author MUST match the name of the applicant.

    Selected finalists will be informed in advance and have to confirm their attendance of the congress.

  • Evaluation criteria
    • scientific content
    • structure of the abstract
    • presentation skills
    • ability to defend their results during a Q&A session

    Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the committee following presentations. The decisions made are final. Winners will be announced during the EAPS closing ceremony and will be presented with a certificate.

  • How to apply

    You can apply for the award by selecting the 'ESPR Early Career Investigator Prize' box during the online abstract submission process for EAPS 2024.

  • Prizes

    For 2024 ECI Awardees:

    • 1st prize: EUR 1000; complimentary registration and a travel grant of up to EUR 1000 for reimbursement to the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting 2025 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    • 2nd prize: EUR 500; complimentary registration to the 2025 ESPR Annual Meeting: The Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS 2025) in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Meet the Awardees of the ESPR ECI Award 2023: Jip A. Spekman & Caitríona Ni Chathasaigh

    We would like to wholeheartedly congratulate the awardees of the ESPR Early Career Investigator Prize at jENS 2023:

    The ESPR is proud of the achievements of these bright minds and we are certain they will provide further, significant contributions in the field of Paediatric reserach to improve the lives of infants, children and adolescends.

  • About Henry Halliday

    Prof Henry Halliday was a paediatrician and neonatologist who was born on 29 November 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    In 1997 he was president of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR), fostering research to improve patient treatment and advance clinical practice. As a long-standing ESPR member he was striving towards the ESPR's mission of developing and applying research to improve newborn and child health.

    He was a pioneering figure in the field of neonatology and was the first British doctor to specialize in the care of newborn babies. He was a founding member of the Neonatal Society and was the first President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine. He was also a strong advocate for the establishment of neonatal intensive care units in the UK.

    The ESPR dedicates the Early Career Investigator Prize to the life and achievements of Prof Henry Halliday.

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