Fellowships and Awards



The ECS very much values that its activities are accessible to all who wishes to participate by trying to tackle any potential financial hurdles and challenges of members, in particular early career researchers and researchers from emerging countries. For 2022, the ECS decided to increase its contingent of fellowships! The ECS therefore offers 2 types of travel fellowships to help scientists attending the ECS Meeting by providing support for travel expenses.

Junior travel fellowships

The ECS will allocate 15 travel fellowships of maximally €400 to early career researchers to facilitate their attendance. The selection will be based on abstract quality. The following conditions apply:

  • Applicants (student or postdoc) must be below 36 years old.
  • Applicants should be member of the ECS (ECS dues for 2022 fully paid).
  • Applicants should have registered and paid the registration fee before applying.
  • Applicants should indicate at abstract submission that he/she applies for an ECS fellowship.

Travel fellowships for established scientists from emerging countries

The ECS will allocate 3 travel fellowships of maximally €700 to researchers from emerging countries to facilitate their attendance. The selection will be based on abstract quality and motivation letter. The following conditions apply:

  • Applicant should be member of the ECS (ECS dues for 2022 fully paid).
  • Applicant should have registered, submitted an abstract and paid the registration fee before applying.
  • Applicants should send a letter and their abstract to secretarygeneral@calciumsociety.eu motivating their request for an ECS fellowship. (subject line: ECS2022-Emerging Countries Fellowship)


Selection and reimbursement

Applicants receiving a fellowship will be informed of their selection in July 2022. Reimbursement of the travel costs will be performed after the Meeting and will be based on the original invoices for travel and/or accommodation. Travel reimbursement will always be based on the most economic travel rates possible for train (second class) or airplane (economy class).



The ECS also wishes to support the careers of the next-generation of calcium researchers around the globe and celebrate scientific excellence and their achievements through awards and invited submissions for the Special Issue associated with its meetings, to be published in BBA-Molecular Cell Research. Hence, the ECS also with the much-appreciated support from Cell Calcium and the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB) in Warsaw, Poland represented by ECS Board Member Prof. Jacek Kuznicki. Furthermore, 2 early career researchers selected from the jECS symposium will have the chance to present their work at the meeting.

IMPORTANT: All awardees/selected early career researchers will have the opportunity to submit an invited article (review/research article) to the ECS special issue of BBA-Molecular Cell Research journal!

jECS-selected early career researchers

During the inaugural Junior ECS Satellite Meeting (21st August 2022), the jECS committee will select the 2 best oral presentations will be awarded the opportunity to present at the Junior ECS session of the Main Meeting.

The “Roland Pochet” poster awards

In order to stimulate the quality of the posters, the ECS will offer 2 poster awards of each €250. At the ECS Valladolid General assembly (2016), it was decided to name the ECS poster awards officially the “Roland Pochet” poster awards. These awards will be handed over to the winners by Prof. Roland Pochet or an ECS Board Member and the poster selection committee in name of the ECS.

The Cell Calcium poster awards

Cell Calcium and its editorial team provide 2 poster awards of €250 to early career researchers at ECS 2022.

The Drabikowski award for the best short-talk by an early career researcher

This Award, funded by the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB) in Warsaw, Poland is a tribute to Professor Witold Drabikowski who organized the 1st international meeting on Ca2+-binding proteins in 1973 in Jablonna (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1jkZfAbehk). The Award will be given to one of the junior presenters of a short oral presentation, selected from the submitted abstracts.        

A large part of Drabikowski's work was done on troponin C and calmodulin - two typical EF-hand Ca2+-binding proteins. Therefore, the hand-made wooden Award statuette has the form of an EF-hand with a calcium ion represented by a piece of amber from the Baltic sea. The early career speaker, who gives the best presentation will be honored with the statuette and a diploma. The Awards will be handed over by Prof. Jacek Kuznicki - former Drabikowski PhD student and director of the IIMCB - and Prof. Andreas Guse, ECS President.   

Please have a look to the impressive list of previous awardees!  

Please note that all awardees will be requested to write a short note about their meeting experience for the next ECS Newsletter.

Department of Physiology