A great believer in science and in the value and potential of the Greek creative spirit, Prodromos-Bodossakis Athanassiades had made provision for distinguished Greek academics to be recognised for their scientific achievements, as part of the Foundation’s activities. In line with the its founder’s wishes, in 1993 the Foundation established the “Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards”.

With these awards, the Foundation acknowledges the creative work of young Greek scientists up to 40 years of age, rewards their commitment and continuous efforts for scientific excellence, and honours them as role models for the younger generations and for Greek society as a whole.

Awarded every two years, the Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards, awarded every two years, have so far acknowledged 57 outstanding young Greek scientists who are leading scientific research worldwide.

The Awards cover the following academic fields:

  • Science: Mathematics
  • Life Sciences: Biomedical Sciences
  • Applied Science / Technology: Alternative and Renewable Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Management, Low Carbon Emission Technologies, Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Social Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Law

The criteria used for selecting the recipients of Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards are the candidates’ outstanding performance in the field of their scientific expertise and the completion of their research, and their contribution to the cultural, scientific and economic development of Greece, as well as to the promotion of Greece globally, through their work and ethics.

The main bodies involved in the selection process are (a) the Prize Committee and (b) the Selection Committees.

Candidates are nominated either by scientists of the same or a senior level in the candidate’s area of expertise, or by the universities and institutions in which the candidates work. At the next stage, the Selection Committees, which are set up specifically for each academic field in which a Prize is to be awarded, evaluate the nominations. Each Selection Committee submits its recommendation on the candidates selected by it to the Prize Committee, which in turn recommends to the Foundation the shortlisted candidates to be awarded. The Prize Committee is responsible for drafting and submitting to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees its final recommendation. The Board of Trustees endorses the final recommendation of the Prize Committee and announces the recipients of the awards.

The Scientific Awards carry a cash prize of €20,000 per academic field.

For the invitation of applications for the Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards 2023, see here.

In the Downloads section, on the right-hand side of this page, you can find the list of past Award Recipients.