EDA Julia Polak

Julia Polak European Doctorate Awards

This award is given by the ESB council and is presented during the Annual Conference of the ESB, during the Young Scientist Forum session. The winner will be given a certificate.

The nominee must be member in good standing of the European Society for Biomaterials at the time of application. Candidates for EDA need not necessarily to be associated with a supervisor that is an ESB member. The candidate must fulfil the following criteria.

General criteria (A-E)

A.   The candidate must have completed his/her Ph.D. in a relevant scientific area (Bioengineering, Biomaterials, Materials Science, Biochemistry, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, etc.) before the deadline of the application, according to the rules of the University and the country where the Ph.D. has been registered. The thesis has to be judged by at least one teaching member of staff from another European Educational Institution. The application must be submitted within two years from the defense/viva voce examination.

B.    The candidate must have spent at least one month of research work in a country outside the country of the home institution (for more details, see the credits assignment criteria below).

C.    The candidate must have at least three published peer-reviewed international publications, of which two as first author (for more details, see the credits assignment criteria below).

D.   The candidate must have at least three active participations at an international meeting as presenting author (at least one of them must be an ESB or WBC conference) (for more details, see the credits assignment criteria below).

E.    The candidate must earn a minimum of 70 credits (out of 120 total credits) assigned by the ESB education committee after examination of his/her application. These 70 credits are intended to demonstrate that the candidate received high standard research education and training at a European level in the fields of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, and that he/she was able to produce scientific results deserving recognition by being published and accepted in high quality journals and conferences. Credits are assigned as follows.

Credits assignment criteria (1-6)

1.     International Research Visits (max 40)

The research visits must last at least one month (preferably three months or longer). They must be to a different country from that of the student's home university. They may be to a university, a company or a research centre. Training visits at companies are equally encouraged.

Credits equivalent to one month can be accumulated by visits of at least 2 weeks (e.g. 4 two-weeks external visits are equivalent to 2 months)

Assigned credits: 10 credits per month, with a maximum of 40 credits

2.     Publications (max 25)

At least three fully accepted international peer reviewed publications, of which at least two as first author, obtained during PhD or within two years after completion of PhD degree. Patent applications may be considered as equivalents.

Assigned credits: 5 credits per international publication, with a maximum of 25 credits

3.     Active Participation at International Meetings (max 20)

At least 3 active participations as presenting author (poster or oral presentation) at international conferences. At least one of them should be an ESB annual conference with a certificate of attendance. Abstracts for each participation should be provided.

Assigned credits: 4 credits per presenting author of an oral or poster presentation, with a maximum of 20 credits

4.     International courses (max 15)

The courses, complementary to the education during the Master Degree, should be taken at international laboratories or at International Training Workshops. Certificates of attendance should be provided.

Assigned credits: 5 credits for a course or training of minimal 12 hrs, with a maximum of 15 credits

5.     International Awards/Prizes (max 10)

Awards at international conferences, including best poster award and best oral presentation, will give credits. Certificates should be provided.

Assigned credits: 5 credits per award, with a maximum of 10 credits

6.     Active Participation in EC-Projects (max 10)

PhD students who have performed their PhD work within the context of a European project and have presented their own work at the project’s meetings or workshops can gain credits.

Assigned credits: 5 credits per presentation, with a maximum of 10 credits


Applicants should follow this procedure:

  • The candidate registers with ESB by applying with a form that can be downloaded from this website. The filled form must give evidence that the candidate accomplished the listed criteria, making sure that the mandatory requirements are included.
  • This application should outline the Ph.D. subject and details about Ph.D. examination, the visited international university(ies)/organization(s)/company(ies), the list of publications (including titles), presentations at international meetings (including titles), attended international courses, received awards and prizes and participation to EC project(s). The completed application should be countersigned by the PhD supervisor.
  • A letter from the supervisor stating that the candidate has been a major contributor to the journal publications, participated actively in the international conferences and did the listed international research visits should be attached.
  • Attachments including certificates of ESB current membership, abstracts of international conferences’ participation, certificates for international courses/awards and visits should be provided.
  • The Education Committee of the ESB will either accept the proposal or identify defects and then suggest corrections, before proceeding with the evaluation.
  • The ESB Education Committee attributes credits to the applicants and shall draw up the list of candidates eligible for EDA.
  • The President of the ESB and the Education Committee Chairperson sign the EDA Diploma.
  • The formal EDA document is handed over to the awardee on occasion of the next coming ESB annual conference (the following year when the ESB conference is replaced by the World Biomaterials Congress).

Download application form here

The deadline for the application is 31st January each year

Applications and supporting data should be sent to the Chairman of the award: Prof Elżbieta Pamula (EducationOfficer@esbiomaterials.eu) and to the ESB secretary (secretary@esbiomaterials.eu).


The Education Committee is a sub-committee of the ESB Council and consists of the ESB council Education officer, the spokesperson and the education officer from the Young Scientists Forum YSF.

- Prof Elżbieta Pamula (ESB council Education Officer)

- Dr Arn Mignon (YSF Spokesperson)

- Dr Anna Puiggali-Jou (YSF Education officer)