During the 60th ERSA Congress held online from 24-27 August 2021, 15 young researchers competed for the prestigious Epainos Prize. They presented their researches during the Young Scientists Sessions or in a special session (see full agenda). This year, the Epainos Committee chaired by Frank G. van Oort, decided to reward two promising young regional scientists for their outstanding presentations:

Benoit Dicharry, University of Strassbourg, with his paper on  “Impact of European Cohesion Policy on Regional Growth: When Time isn’t Money”.

Nadiia Matsiuk, University of Padua, with her  paper on  “Thrive, Survive or Perish: The Impact of Regional Autonomy on the Demographic Dynamics of Italian Alpine Territories”

Read also the Epainos Speech 2021 by Frank van Oort, Chair of the Epainos Committee: Download

The Young Scientists Sessions are organized each year at the ERSA Congress, and provide a special platform for paper presentations by young scientists with an in-depth discussion of the papers by senior scholars in the field. The Young Scientists Sessions are organized according to the following two principles:

  • Offering more time for each presentation, in particular to increase the amount of feedback a young scientist receives on her or his paper, and to provide more opportunity for other young scientists to participate in scientific discussions.
  • Assigning specialist discussants, experts in the specific field, to each paper that is presented