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Early Career Award

The SETAC Europe Rifcon Early Career Scientist Award has been created to support SETAC Europe’s Strategic Goal 7 that aims to establish career development opportunities for SETAC members. The award is for an original piece of scientific research, policy or other professional achievement undertaken by an early career scientist.

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  • An early career scientist for the purpose of this award is defined as up to 3 years since the completion of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree and must be proven with a copy of the latest degree.
  • Candidates must be SETAC Europe member (Europe, Russia and Middle East) with an active membership.
  • Applications for this award are welcomed from academia, business and government scientists.
  • Self-nominations and nominations submitted in support of candidates are welcome.

Application Instruction

The application package must contain:

  • portfolio (maximum 1500 words) should be submitted by a peer, line manager or by self-nomination. The evidence-based portfolio should clearly explain the context and relevance of the achievement and its scientific impact, together with the aim of the work and outputs arising from it.
  • The portfolio should also include three letters
    • a covering letter (maximum 1000 words) from the candidate that reflects on their personal understanding of how the original piece of scientific research moved science forward,
    • a letter from the candidate’s line manager to confirm the extent of candidate’s involvement in the original piece of work, and
    • a letter from a person outside of the organization where the research took place who should at as an external reviewer to evaluate the scientific impact of the original piece of scientific research.
  • A copy of the latest degree in order to proof eligibility.

Selection Process

The SETAC Europe Awards Committee will evaluate all applications using a predefined scoring sheet and discuss about the outcome during a conference call. The winner will be ratified by the SETAC Europe Council.

Award Procedure

All applicants or the nominators will be informed about the outcome by early March. The award will be recognized and presented at the SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting from 3–7 May 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. The award will also cover one Annual Meeting registration to facilitate attendance at the Annual Meeting to receive their award, 1000€ contribution towards travel costs and an invitation to the Presidents Reception.

For further information contact Rebecca Bundschuh