Knowing the importance of including young researchers as active participants of the conference, ISABS encourages PhD and graduate students working toward a degree in the fields related to the conference program themes as well as postdoctoral researchers to join the conference and apply for Young Investigator Award (YIA). Therefore, for each ISABS conference YIA are presented for outstanding research presented by investigators who are less then forty-years-old. Scientific Advisory Committee of the conference selects finalists from nominees who submit abstracts. Besides the attractive prize, each award recipient is given the opportunity for a podium presentation. Author(s) of each selected abstract receive the Young Investigator Award Certificate as well. Authors wishing to be considered for the YIA should complete the appropriate box during on-line abstract submission. Results of YIA applications will be notified by the mid of May.

Recipients of the 2015 Young Investigator Awards

  • Dora Polšek, Croatia (Individualized Medicine)
  • Barbara Zajac, Germany (Forensic Genetics)
  • Niraj Rai, India (Anthropological Genetics)

Recipients of the 2013 Young Investigator Awards

  • Matko Čančer, Sweden (Gene therapy)
  • Dora Markulin and Branka Gršković, Croatia (Genome-based applications in forensic science)
  • Slavé Petrovski, USA (Personalized genomics)
  • Antoinette Westen, The Netherlands (Genome-based applications in forensic science)

Recipients of the 2011 Young Investigator Awards

  • Rebecca S Just, USA (Genome-based applications in forensic science)
  • Mark Barash, Australia (Forensic DNA phenotyping)
  • Renato Polimanti, Italy (Molecular anthropology)
  • Martina Smolić, Croatia (Molecular therapy)

Recipients of the 2009 Young Investigator Awards

  • Chiara Barbieri, Germany (Molecular Anthropology)
  • Fernanda Gonçalves, Brasil (Individualised Medicine)
  • Pavlo Tatarskyy, Ukraine (Individualised Medicine)
  • Antoinette Westen, Netherlands (Forensic Genetics)

Recipients of the 2007 Young Investigator Awards

  • Grzegorz Kaczmarczyk, Poland (Forensic Genetics)
  • Agnieszka Krzyżańska, Poland (Forensic Genetics)
  • Kaye Ballantyne, Australia (Molecular Anthropology)
  • Tomislav Domazet-Lošo, Croatia (Molecular Anthropology)
  • Coralie Frassati, Switzerland (Molecular Anthropology)
  • Taeko Kashima, Japan (Molecular Anthropology)

Recipients of the 2005 Young Investigator Award

  • Caroline Round, United Kingdom (Forensic Genetics)
  • Tracy Johnson, USA (Forensic Genetics)
  • Vedrana Montana, USA (Molecular and Cellular Medicine)
  • Mirela Baus Lončar, Germany (Molecular and Cellular Medicine)

Recipients of the 2003 Young Investigator Award

  • Robert J. Shelton, CO, USA (Forensic Genetics)
  • Chiara Magri, Italy (Molecular and Cellular Medicine)

Recipients of the 2001 Young Investigator Award

Forensic IdentityTesting: Frontiers in Molecular and Cellular Medicine:

  • Lucia Cifuentes Ovalle, Chile
  • Rima Dada, India
  • Katja Drobnič, Slovenia
  • Anna Gareeva, Russia
  • Nguyen Hoai Giang, Vietnam
  • Tomasz Kupiec, Poland