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Early Career Researcher Award 2021

Submissions are now closed, join us on June 23rd to attend the 'Pitch your science' contest and participate to the live vote to choose the winner.


What is the process?

The 2021 Early Career Researcher Award Committee has selected a shortlist of finalists amongst all submissions, based on the scientific rigor of their Abstract.

Following this, finalists have the exclusive opportunity to be coached by past candidates and experts to prepare their oral pitch, pre-recorded and broadcasted during the 2021 Conference on June 23rd. The audience will then vote live for the winner based on their scientific communication skills.

Want to learn more about the contest?

Please find down below your answers along with important information about the benefits, eligibility, the process and more!


The scientific work should be submitted in abstract form. It must describe the results of novel research contributing to scientific fields of hydration and health.

Submission is encouraged (but not restricted to) in the following areas related to hydration: nutrition, diet, cardiovascular diseases, obesity prevention and public health interventions, hydration biomarkers, cognition, kidney health, behavior, well-being, fluid and water intake studies.

If you are unsure whether or not your topic fits, reach out to us by email on ecra@hydrationforhealth.com. We would be happy to assist you!

Prizes - What's in it for the participant?

The winner of the 2021 Hydration for Health Conference receives

On top of finalists’ benefits (see list below).

  • The Early Career Researcher Award – trophy & certificate.
  • He/She will be given the opportunity to submit a full article in the proceedings of the Annual Hydration for Health Scientific Conference.
    Hydration for Health Proceedings 2018 were published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, a peer review journal from Karger Publishing Group. Access it here.

The shortlisted finalists receive

  • Contest before the TEST Pitch session they’ll have in front of the Scientific Committee.
  • A TEST Pitch coaching session in front of the Scientific Committee.
    This is a unique opportunity to dry run your presentation in front of experts who will give you personalized feedbacks and help you improve your scientific communication skills. The exercise will allow you to make some final corrections before recording your final Pitch.
  • A dedicated personalized follow up by one Scientific Committee member, who will collate the committee members’ feedbacks and give advices to fine tune your presentation before the final recording.
  • 1 exclusive mentorship session.
    The winner will receive a specific mentorship from the Scientific Committee. The Committee guarantees to find a suitable mentor (amongst the Committee, the Hydrationists community or their personal networks) for this purpose and will personally introduce the Awardee to facilitate this session.
  • An exclusive mentorship session with a Danone leader (after the conference).
    Topic - Presentation around Career mentorship.
    Q&A opportunity.
  • All finalists will get the exclusive opportunity to present their pitch during the 13th Hydration for Health Scientific Conference 2021, taking place on June 23rd, 2021.
  • The chance to win the 2021 Early Career Researcher Award, voted by the audience.
  • All finalists will get their abstract published in the proceedings of the Annual Hydration for Health Scientific Conference.
    Hydration for Health Proceedings 2018 were published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, a peer review journal from Karger Publishing Group. Access it here.

Eligibility Criteria

The application is restricted to early career researchers (Ph.D. students, post-doctoral, medical students, dietitian students, nutrition, or nursing students) who do not have a permanent position in an academic institution, a non-governmental organization nor in an industry.

Submissions must be in ENGLISH ONLY.

Previous candidates are welcome to participate, provided that the research subject is new.

Selection Process

The deadline for abstract submission is April 23th, 2021 to the following e-mail address: ecra@hydrationforhealth.com.

Abstracts will be reviewed and ranked by the Hydration for Health Review Committee, who will select final candidates. To ensure fairness and impartiality, in case of an existing relationship between a reviewer and a submitter, the reviewer will be requested to withhold from voting the specific abstract.

The finalists will be invited to participate in the “Pitch Your Science!” challenge during the 2021 Hydration for Health Conference taking place digitally on June 23rd, 2021.

The finalists will have 3 minutes to pitch their ongoing research with a maximum of two key results. To help convey the message, 1 presentation slide will be allowed.

Please note that pitches will be prerecorded, but vote by the audience will take place live during the Hydration for Health Conference.

The Review Committee
(in alphabetical order)

  • Dr Joan Gandy, British Dietetic Association, UK
  • Prof Ridwan Hardinsyah, Applied Nutrition Division, Faculty of Human Ecology, IPB University - Bogor, Indonesia, President, Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS)
  • Prof Evan Johnson, Division of Kinesiology & Health, University of Wyoming, USA
  • Prof Stavros Kavouras, Hydration Science Lab Arizona State University, College of Health Solutions, USA
  • Dr Widjaja Lukito, Human Nutrition Research Center, Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia

Abstract Requirements

Please fill in all fields listed in the submission form below. Any incomplete form will not be taken in consideration.

Keep in mind :

  • Average submission may take up to 20 minutes.
  • Submission is limited to one abstract per author.
  • Previous candidates can participate only if submitting a new research subject.
  • Deadline: April 16th, 2021.

If you need assistance, or if you have any question, email us on ecra@hydrationforhealth.com. Our team will be glad to help.

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