Young CRITIS Award

Following the tradition of the previous years, CRITIS will continue to award the best work presented by a young scientist. This year we thank the Master of Advanced Studies in Information Security of the University of Geneva to support the price, thus allowing its survival.

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 Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hämmerli. Dr. Thomas Maillart will join the board 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 continueing 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 who is less than 32 year old by Dec 31st, 2021 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

Junior experts less than 32 years old may apply for the Young CRITIS Award YCA. Three YCA applicants will be selected for presenting their work at CRITIS 2021 conference in the YCA award session.

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.

Application and evaluation process

Submit your contribution via EasyChair.

Inform the General chair ( that your contribution is an application for YCA. The evaluation procedure is as follows: three experts will review your contribution, applying the same evaluation criteria as fort he 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. The total available award money is 3’000 EUR

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.


Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hämmerli, University of Applied Sciences Lucerne
Dr. Thomas Maillart, University of Geneva

How to apply?

YCA papers are normally submitted as other papers through the EasyChair conference system of CRITIS.

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).
  • Application deadline: Sept, 1 2021 – CLOSED !

The questionnaire and the CV must be sent to the following email address:

If you do not get a acknowledgement of receipt, please try to resend in order to exclude transfer problems.