ESGCT / SETGYC Annual Congress

5 days

20 hours

57 mins

ESGCT Awards

The European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy seeks to honour impacting, significant and lasting contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy. We have devised an award structure which we hope will acknowledge achievements at student level all the way to eminence in longer-standing careers.

We feel passionately that the dissemination of education is vital to the continued growth of the field, including areas such as mentoring, public education, science communication, and presentation of content. We are therefore adding awards to our existing panel which are designed to appreciate and further work in these fields.

Listen to some of our past award winners:

Find all our winners and longer interviews with some of them on the Awards winners page.


Please click on the relevant links below to be taken to the information on this page. Please note that current Board Members, including Student Board Members, are excluded from all awards, except travel grants.


ESGCT Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA)

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates must be Members of the ESGCT
  2. Candidates must be nominated by two (or more) ESGCT Members
  3. Candidates must have conducted original research in basic science, technology development and/or clinical translation in the field of Gene and Cell therapy
  4. Awardees must be available to give a presentation of their work at the ESGCT Annual Congress

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €2000, and complimentary registration to the next annual congress


ESGCT Young Investigator Award (YIA)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be members of the ESGCT
  • All young investigators from PhD through to 9 years post doc are eligible
  • Extension of this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks: Maternity or paternity leave (1 year per child born after the PhD award), leave taken for long-term illness, national service, leave taken for unavoidable statutory reasons (e.g. clinical qualification). The cumulative eligibility period should anyhow not surpass 12 years following the award of the first PhD unless the boards agree they are the best candidate for the award
  • For medical doctors, date of the clinical speciality completion is the time reference for calculation of the eligibility time-window. For MD, PhD, date of the PhD award takes precedence in the calculation of the eligibility time-window

Nomination and selection process

First application to the awards is on the abstract submission form where you need to tick a box stating you would like to be considered for an award, following that nominations for the ESGCT Awards must be submitted by two or more Members of the Society in writing to the ESGCT board no later than 31 July. Nomination letters should provide an overview of the candidate’s contributions to the field of gene therapy.

Nominations materials include:
  • Two or more nomination letters from Members of ESGCT (500 words or less)
  • Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography of nominee
  • PDF’s of the applicants two best papers

All nominations will be reviewed by the ESCGT Awards Selection Committee.


TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €1000 (1 x €1000, and complimentary registration to the next annual congress)

ESGCT Travel Grants

  • Applicants must be members of the ESGCT
  • Applicants must be PhD students and will be selected based on highest abstract score at the Annual ESGCT Congress
  • You will be contacted after abstract review telling you that you have been shortlisted for a travel grant and whether you would like to apply for it
  • Notification of having won an award will be sent approx 4 weeks prior to the congress

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €10.000 (20 x €500)

ESGCT National Society Young Investigator (up to 2nd Year PostDoc)

The ESGCT offers to sponsor an award for a YI as selected and awarded in a national society annual meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. as per the national society meeting guidelines
  2. this award is given out at the relevant national meeting


Public Engagement Award

The 2019 winner will be announced early March

Finding ways to share your research and to get people from outside the scientific community involved is an increasingly important, and in some cases necessary, part of the research process. We are seeking examples of hands-on science, informal science activities, citizen advice projects and events that have engaged the public in gene and/or cell therapy research. Sharing experiences, expertise, and opinions online through blogs, vlogs, writing for traditional media will also be considered. ESGCT wants to help promote excellent work.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be members of the ESGCT
  2. Applicants must have participated in at least one public engagement activity (giving a public talk or lecture alone will not suffice)

Nomination and selection process

The winner will be selected by a panel on the basis of the following materials:
  • A CV
  • A cover letter including a statement outlining why you do publicengagement and any plans you have to do more in the future
  • A letter of support (up to 500 words) from someone who has been impacted by your PPE activity (for example from  a colleague, patient, or member of the public)
  • A summary of your PPE work including photographs, videos and/or written material where possible, detailing your impact OUTSIDE the scientific community

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €500 cash award, and complimentary registration to annual congress (award winner will have to organise and pay for own travel and accommodation)



A mentor is often the most overlooked, yet most valuable person in ensuring a PhD student's progression and survival! This is the chance for individuals who have benefited from effective mentoring to give back!

Eligibility Criteria

  1. you and/or the mentor you are nominating must be a member of the ESGCT
  2. you must have known the mentor for at least 6 months

Nomination and selection process

  • a nomination letter (1000 words or less) outlining the place, context, and mentoring approach of the individual and the positive impact this has had on the one being mentored
  • Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography of nominee


TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €500 cash award, and complimentary registration to annual congress (award winner will have to organise and pay for own travel and accommodation)


Vox Populi: Best Poster

Delegates get to cast their votes! At the annual congress, individuals will be able to cast their vote for what in their opinion is the best poster of the congress.

  1. voting mechanism will be set for and communicated at each congress


TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €100 cash award