Young CRITIS Award

Following the tradition of the previous years, CRITIS 2018 will continue to award the best work presented by a young scientist.


Three young finalists will be selected according to their ranking as resulting from the conference reviewers (as for any other submission), and will be given some support to attend the conference and present their work.


In perfect continuity with previous editions the ranking for the award will benefit from three sequential evaluations: the first form the conference reviewers (as for any other submission); the second from the audience after presentation and a third from an all-academic board headed by Professor Bernhard M. Hämmerli.


Many thanks to "Res on Networks" institute, which continues supporting the initiative for the second year. Prof Marco Santarelli, scientific director of the institute "Res of Networks", will join the board as Young CRITIS Award Chair for the final evaluation and will award the winner and the finalists.



Young CRITIS Award (YCA)


To promote and support young researchers operating in the CIP framework, we are continuing the tradition established by CIPRNET to provide a grant for the best young researchers' papers in Critical Infrastructure Protection.



YCA application, terms and conditions


Who should apply?


Every young engineer / scientist interested in CRITIS and in CRITIS community and is less than 32 year old by May 1st, 2018 is invited to apply. We explicitly invite junior experts and researchers form universities, research organisations and industry to apply. In general, a mature piece of work is expected such as a PhD thesis in final or near final status, as well as outstanding works from young industry or research organisations researchers.



General information


Three YCA applicants per year will be selected for presenting their work at CRITIS conference (in 2018 in Kaunas) in the YCA session. It is mandatory that the selected applicants attend the conference and present their contribution.


The ranking of up to three winners (depending on the number of applications and the paper quality) will be done at the conference itself, and the awards will be presented to the winners at a closing ceremony. The total available award money is 2000 €.



Evaluation process


The evaluation procedure is as follows:

  • Three experts will review your contribution, applying the same evaluation criteria as for the other CRITIS submissions.
  • The up to five best accepted contributions of YCA applicants are forwarded to the YCA evaluation committee for further selection.
  • The YCA evaluation committee selects up to three finalists for the YCA award session. The up to three finalists present their contributions during the YCA award session.
  • The up to two not selected applicants present their contributions during the regular programme in other sessions.
  • The final ranking of the finalists takes place after their presentations.
  • The awards will be bestowed during a closing ceremony.


Note: If you get a positive evaluation, but you are not selected for YCA award, your paper will be presented at the conference in the regular slots as all other papers. Therefore, you can only win by applying for YCA.



Evaluation Committee


The Evaluation Committee consists of the Award Committee and Experts from the CRITIS Steering Committee according to the needs and the number of submitted papers.


Moderator: Bernhard Hämmerli, University of Applied Sciences Lucerne, Switzerland.



How to apply?


YCA papers have a separate submission:  submit your contribution via EasyChair (to be opened soon).


>> Deadline for full-text submission: 1 June 2018 at 24:00 CET



Additionally, the Young CRITIS Award questionnaire should be submitted. This questionnaire has the following purpose:

  • To make available the CV and contact details.
  • To precise, if several authors are contributing in the paper, which part the candidate is responsible for, and which type of support the candidate obtained during the research.
  • To provide recommendation(s) of supervisor(s) / professor(s).
  • To provide a statement of honesty: You declare that all citations are cited correctly (anti plagiarism).


The questionnaire and the CV must be sent to the moderator of YCA: Prof. Dr. Bernhard M. Hämmerli (e-mail), usually your delivery is preferred with Cc to (e-mail).


Young CRITIS Award (YCA) questionnaire 2018 (to download a template): doc or pdf.


If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt, please try to resend or inform the CRITIS 2018 organiser (e-mail) in order to exclude transfer problems.