EASO Awards for Scientific Excellence

EASO presents a series of prestigious scientific awards at its annual congress, the European Congress on Obesity (ECO). The application process for the 2014 EASO Awards is now open, with information and an application form available.

EASO Friedrich Wassermann Award – Lifetime Achievement Award.

The EASO Friedrich Wassermann Award is a highly prestigious award that recognises outstanding and sustained scientific contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of obesity. This is a lifetime award for Senior European researchers. The award is presented at every second European Congress and recognises scientists who have shown dedication and have contributed significantly to the field of obesity.

To be eligible for the Wassermann Award the applicant must:

  • Be a Senior scientist
  • Have carried out the majority of work in Europe (although a proportion of work may have been performed outside of Europe)
  • Be nominated by an EASO member or a National Association.

The Award winner will be invited to present their research as a plenary lecture during the ECO. The winner will be awarded complimentary full congress registration, three nights’ accommodation, and return economy flights from place of residence to the congress.

EASO Young Investigator Awards for Basic Science, Clinical Research, Public Health or Childhood Obesity Research (4 separate awards)

The Young Investigator Awards for Basic Science, Clinical Research, Public Health and Childhood Obesity Research recognise ‘rising stars’ in the field of obesity through their contributions to Basic Science, Clinical Research or Public Health. The EASO Young Investigator Awards are highly regarded throughout the scientific community.

To be eligible for the Young Investigator Awards you must:

  • Be 35 years or younger at the time of EASO’s annual congress, the ECO.
  • Have carried out the majority of work in Europe (although a proportion of work may have been performed outside of Europe)
  • Be a member of an EASO affiliated national obesity association (please see the EASO website for a list of all EASO Member Associations)
  • Submit an abstract to the ECO

Award winners will be invited to present their research in a lecture during the opening ceremony of the European Congress on Obesity. Winners will be awarded complimentary full congress registration, three nights’ accommodation, and return economy flights from place of residence to the congress. The winners will in addition receive a cash prize of €1000. Award winners are required to submit a relevant review paper to Obesity Facts, the official journal of EASO.

EASO Young Investigators United Best Thesis Award

The Young Investigators United Best Thesis Award aims to recognise younger scientists and their contribution to the obesity field. Younger scientists are encouraged to apply for the award to gain recognition for their thesis at an international level.

To be eligible for the Young Investigators United Best Thesis Award you must:

  • Be nearly completing or have completed your PhD thesis
  • Have carried out the majority of work in Europe (although a proportion of work may have been performed outside of Europe)
  • Be a member of an EASO affiliated national obesity association
  • Submit an abstract to the ECO

The Young Investigators United Best Thesis Award finalists will be invited to present their research during the Young Investigators United Evening at the annual European Congress on Obesity.  The Young Investigators United Best Thesis Award Winner will be judged and announced during the session.  The winner will receive an award certificate and a cash prize of €1000.

EASO Travel Grant

EASO aims to offer 20 travel grants at each ECO.  Each grant will comprise a free registration plus €500 towards travel and accommodation.  EASO Travel Grants are only available to those who would otherwise be precluded from attending the European Congress on Obesity for financial reasons.

To be eligible to apply for an EASO Travel Grant, you must:

  • Be 35 years or younger at the time of the congress
  • Have carried out the majority of your work in Europe
  • Be a member of an EASO affiliated national obesity association
  • Submit an abstract to the ECO

ECO Best Poster Prize

Each ECO ISC will select the top ranked abstracts from each track that are allocated to poster presentation. These posters, and ONLY these posters, will be eligible for the EASO Poster Prize.  Posters, poster presentations and the original abstract will be taken into consideration.  The EASO Poster Prizes will be awarded at the ECO closing ceremony – prize winners must attend the closing ceremony to claim the prize.

The winner of the ECO Best Poster Prize will be awarded a certificate and a complimentary registration to the following year’s ECO.  If you wish your abstract to be considered for these prestigious prizes, please ensure that it is of the highest possible quality.  The abstract submission section of the relevant ECO website will contain clear submission guidelines approximately 3 months in advance of the submission deadline.