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CSS Junior Scientific Award 2021

Notice of competition for the CSS Junior Scientific Award 2021

The CSS promotes the Junior Scientific Award to recognize the excellence in the scientific career of young researchers in Complex Systems. It is awarded once a year to a maximum of two young researchers (up to ten years after PhD completion) who have achieved outstanding results in complexity science in any of the areas representative of the CSS.

1. Aim and criteria

The Junior Scientific Award is awarded to up to 2 selected researchers for their achievements in research on any of the areas representative of the CSS. Both theoretical and experimental research activities are taken into account. In particular, the award will recognize outstanding contributions relevant to the progress of complexity science. Contributions in the form of open codes, data and science dissemination will be highly valued as well.

2. Award

The Award will consist of a 1-year CSS membership, a free registration for the corresponding annual CSS Conference, an invitation to the Award Ceremony, and a Diploma.

3. Eligibility and application procedure

The winner(s) will be selected by a Selection Committee appointed by the Executive Committee of the CSS. The winner(s) of the award will be selected among the candidacies received within the deadline indicated below. The rules for the submission of candidacies are as follows:

  • All applications should be sent through an online form: https://forms.gle/rTBKEJZ8bD6S5eCp8  
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. 
  • Any young researcher, in whatever discipline of those covered by the CSS, can be nominated.
  • Young researchers are considered as such  whenever the time elapsed between the PhD completion (date of PhD award) and deadline for the call for nominations is at most 10 years.
  • The nominator (self or external nominator) must be a member of the CSS at the time of the nomination, while the nominee might not be a CSS member (unless self-nominating). 
  • A candidacy remains valid for 2 years, provided the candidate still fulfils the eligibility conditions. Nominator(s) can nevertheless update support documents if desired.
  • Multiple nominations by the same nominator are not allowed. 


To apply, the nominator is required to fill in the form motivating the candidacy and upload a CV of the nominee, including the most relevant contributions. In case of self-nominations one letter of support from a fellow researcher is required and should be sent directly by the supporting researcher to awards.css@gmail.com, while none are required in case of external nominator. However, the letter(s) can be added if the nominator wishes to do so. Supporting letters to multiple candidates are discouraged.

4. Selection of Candidatures

The Selection Committee is fully and exclusively endowed with the responsibility of assessing the eligibility of candidatures, examining and selecting the dossiers of the admitted candidates and proposing the winners to the Executive Committee of the CSS, that will then take the final decision.

5. Deadline for Candidacy Submission

The candidacy dossier related to the year 2020 and including all documents as per art. 3, has to be received by the CSS within the end of 15 June 2021 anywhere on Earth.

See http://cssociety.org/community/css-awards for the list of previous awardees.

Open from07/05/2021
Deadline15/06/2021 0:00

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