SETAC Europe Awards

SETAC strives to recognise and honour outstanding contributions of individuals or groups of individuals to the environmental sciences and to the Society by means the Awards Programme.

Young Scientist Award (YSA) for the Best Platform and Best Poster Presentation

Become a judge

We Need Your Help to Judge Student Presentations

Our goal is to assign all presentations to reviewers prior to the meeting, but we need you to make this happen.

So please sign up as a judge by Wednesday, April 18th.

Become a judge

To become a judge please click on the link above and log in using your SETAC user ID and password. The presentations listed have been entered by their submitters to participate in the YSA.

Click on the star award icon to the right of the listing to sign up to judge that presentation. If you decide not to judge a presentation, click on the star award icon a second time to remove it from your list.  The filters available on the panel in the upper right allow you to refine the presentations displayed.  The adjudications listing beneath the filters are the presentations that you are signing up to judge. Once you add the desired presentations, they will be saved in the database and displayed on the adjudications panel. A PDF listing the presentations that you have signed up for is available by clicking on the PDF link at the top of the adjudications panel. By clicking on the iCal link at the top of the adjudications panel, you will be able to download an ICS (iCal format) file that you can open with or import into your calendaring program – this action should add those presentations to your calendar.

All judging forms will be printed by the SETAC office and will be placed into your registration packet.

View the evaluation form

The SETAC Europe Young Scientist Awards (YSA) include the best platform and the best poster award.

The two Young Scientist Awards are intended to honour individual prominent performance in scientific work of a student OR a scientist within 3 year from BSc or MSc graduation, OR a PhD student. The award winners are invited to the next Annual Meeting. The ECETOC Best Platform Award honours the early career scientist with the best platform presentation at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting. The Best Poster Award honours the early career scientist with the best poster presentation at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting.

To be considered you must be the first AND presenting author of the submitted paper. ONLY ONE YSA submission per person will be accepted. If you submit multiple abstracts for consideration for the YSA, your abstracts will not be taken into consideration for the YSA.

Have a look at the past award winners.

  1. Registration: Register for the Young Scientist Award during the abstract submission.
  2. Re-confirmation: After the abstract acceptance letter end of January, every YSA candidates will receive an email asking to confirm their participation at the Young Scientist Award.
  3. Presentation: Platform presentations will be judged during the session. Poster presentations will be evaluated during the coffee and lunch breaks.
  4. Awarding: The winner of the best platform and poster presentation will be announced on Thursday afternoon at the closing ceremony.

The platform or poster presentation will be evaluated by senior scientists on the basis of originality of the approach; quality of the work (e.g. appropriate methodology, interpretation of results, conclusiveness); quality of the presentation (e.g. clarity, response to questions); and self-reliance and independence.

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Best Publication Award

The award honours innovative research paper with transparent, reproducible and relevant science in the environmental sciences published by a student or early career scientist. It will be presented at the SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy.

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The application deadline passed on 31 January 2018 and the awards application is now closed.

The article must have been published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in the calendar year prior to the meeting. If more than one paper has been accepted or published in the evaluation period, select the paper you consider to be the best. Only ONE paper per candidate will be accepted. If the article is not published in English, an English translation must accompany the candidate’s application.


  1. Applicants must be students or early career scientists (within 2 years from PhD graduation or within 3 years from MSc graduation) and
  2. SETAC Europe member based in a geographical area administered by SETAC Europe (i.e. Europe, Russia, and Middle East).

For more information and a list of the past award winners click here. 

  1. A copy of the submitted paper with details of the publishing journal and confirmation of acceptance.
  2. A brief CV, including date of birth and personal information including contact information.
  3. A recommendation statement signed by the supervisor confirming that the article submitted for the award has been primarily written by the candidate and that he or she performed main parts of the research reported together with details of the sponsoring institution.
  4. For recent graduates, please add a copy of your latest degree.
  1. a free registration to the upcoming SETAC Annual Meeting.
  2. 1000€ prize money made available by RifCon and SETAC Europe
  3. invitation to the Presidents Reception at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
  4. certificate

Noack Laboratorien Environmental Education Award

The award honors activities in the dissemination of knowledge on environmental sciences. If you know a possible candidate with an outstanding record of interdisciplinary activities related to the distribution of knowledge on environmental sciences who has made substantial contributions to the education in this field, please submit your nomination.

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The application deadline passed on 31 January 2018 and the awards application is now closed.

Submit your nomination to Rebecca Bundschuh in the SETAC Europe office or to the attention of Annegaaike Leopold, the chair of the SETAC Europe award committee. Self-nominations are NOT possible.

For more information and a list of the past award winners click here.

  • a full curriculum vitae of the candidate, including an e-photograph and a publication list.
  • a letter of recommendation highlighting the importance of the candidate’s work.
  • at least one further recommendation letter from outside the candidates organisation (more are welcome).

The award recipient should be a SETAC Europe member based in a geographical area administered by SETAC Europe (i.e., Europe, Russia, and the Middle East).

LCA Young Scientist Award

The SETAC Europe LCA Young Scientist Award recognises exceptional achievements by a young scientist in the field of life-cycle assessment, e.g. an extraordinary PhD thesis that provides a significant contribution to LCA development and implementation. This award is dedicated for one researcher or a group.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Nominee must show a demonstrable outstanding contribution to the field.
  • Nominee should be younger than 35 years (@day of application submission).
  • Self nominations or nominations by others are welcome.

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The application deadline passed on 31 January 2018 and the awards application is now closed.

  • Send all files as a single zip file of separate Word documents or as a single .pdf file
  • The application packet must contains all of the requested materials to be considered for an award
  • The title of the documents must include the nominee’s name – last name, first name, name of material

For more information and a list of the past award winners click here.

  • A letter outlining the eligibility of the nominee for the award
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee
  • A supporting letter explaining why the candidate should be considered for the award

The curriculum vitae and letter should be a maximum of six pages. Sufficient information should be provided to facilitate an objective evaluation of the nominees, hence evidence of the attributes of the nominee and the conduct of activities embracing the elements of the award shown above must be provided.

  1. Nominations will be evaluated independently by a sub-committee of the SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee
  2. The full committee will discuss the outcome to determine the recipient
  3. The successful nominee will be informed of the decision mid March 2018
  4. All other applicants will be informed afterwards
  • A two- year subscription to the online edition of the International Journal of LCA
  • A short presentation (about one printed page) of the award winner in the journal
  • Free meeting registration for one of the SETAC meetings
  • Invitation to the presidents reception or banquet
  • Travel and accommodation expenses during the meeting