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GMS Young investigators

Young investigators are especially supported by the GMS.  Benefits for young scientists include:

• Job opportunities
We offer an information platform about open diploma / master theses, doctoral theses or postdoc positions that deal with trace elements or minerals.

• Networking
If problems or questions arise during your master’s / doctoral thesis in another, related subject, you can easily use our interdisciplinary network and obtain specific specialist advice from a colleague.

• Travel support
GMS offers young members financial support for the participation in meetings. Young members are allowed to apply for a one-time travel allowance (up to 500 € ) visiting and actively participate a specialist conference. Alternatively, a visit to another laboratory can be supported within this financial framework. The application is made informally via the GMS secretary.

• Poster Award / Young Researcher Award
GMS awards outstanding conference contributions during GMS and FESTEM conferences (up to 300 €). See here for former awardees.

• Heinz Zumkley Award
The Heinz-Zumkley-Award (up to 5000 €) of the GMS is awarded every second year for outstanding research in the trace element field. For submissions postdoctoral scientists until 6 years after having received doctoral degree are eligible for submissions.

Young investigator Award – Heinz-Zumkley-Prize

The Heinz-Zumkley-Prize of the GMS is awarded every second year. This scientific award recognises exceptional achievements and publications in the field of mineral and trace element research. Its purpose is to broaden the scientific knowledge in this area and to support emerging young scientists at the beginning of their careers. The award is endowed with up to €5000.

To be considered for the award, candidates must be no more than 6 years from the point of gaining their PhD qualification. Submitted papers must satisfy the following requirements:

• Material cover a topic in the field of minerals and trace elements, with special focus on chemical analysis, the physiology of nutrition, as well as medical, molecular, patho-biochemical and toxicological questions.

• The paper should be an original research paper evaluated by peer review. It is also possible to submit a doctoral thesis or inaugural dissertations. If the work has been published by several co-authors, the impact of the contestant must be clearly described. Collaborators can also share the award.

• All co-authors must give their consent to the candidate’s application. Please indicate if the paper is under evaluation for another prize.

See here for previous awardees.