ISABS High School Young Investigator Prize


A joint project of the International Society of Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS), Ministry of Science and Education and the Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency: «The ISABS High School Young Investigator Prize»

The Scientific Committee of the International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) in cooperation with the Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency and the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education awards the best croatian high school students' papers (essays) with the ISABS High School Young Investigator Prize. The papers (essays) must be in the field of clinical, anthropological and forensic genetics, microbiome, forensic and/or medical science, cell and gene therapy, pharmacogenomics, molecular diagnostics and personalised medicine. ISABS will also reward all teachers-mentors of the winning students.

High school students from Croatia wishing to compete for the award must submit their essays via the following button:

ISABS High School Young Investigator Prize application

The application deadline is the 15th of May 2017.

Results of the contest will be published on the ISABS official website

The application must contain:

  • Personal information (name and surname) of the student and the teacher/mentor
  • Name of the School and the place from which the student comes
  • Description of previous student achievement (average grade point, awards, etc ..)
  • Biography of the mentor with special regard to the results in teaching and science (up to 2500 words)
  • Student essay in Croatian and English (description of the experiment he/she was working on/discussion on some important topics in literature) in the field of genetics, biology, forensic or Medical Sciences (2000 to a maximum of 2500 words)

The Scientific Committee ISABS will award five (5) students and their mentors.The following Nobel prize winners will participate at the award giving ceremony: Avram Hershko (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004, The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel), Robert Huber (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1988; Max-Planck-Institute, Martinsried, Germany), Paul Modrich (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA), Harald zur Hausen (Nobel Prize in Medicine 2008; German Cancer ResearchCenter, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany) and Ada Yonath (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009; Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel).

The award giving ceremony is planned to be held in the city of Dubrovnik, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, during the"The 10th ISABS Conference on Forensic, anthropologic and Medical Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Translational Medicine"

The awarded students will receive the international ISABS Prize (ISABS High School Young Investigator Prize), the appropriate certificate, cash prize of 1,000 kuna and free registration fee for participation in all sessions of the conference including lectures of the Nobel laureates, the opening ceremony of the event, gala dinner and will be handed the Full set of materials (book of abstracts, special volume of the Croatian Medical Journal, etc.). In addition, their teachers-mentors will be awarded free participation in the conference (registration fee covered by the organiser) and an appropriate certificate. Winners are required to display their work at the conference in the form of posters.

The scientific papers will be judged by the following committee:

Prof. dr. sc. Dragan Primorac ( University of Split and University of Osijek; Penn State University and University of New Haven, USA), the chair
Prof. dr. sc. Gordan Lauc (University of Zagreb; Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry; Genos) Moses Schanfield (George Washington University, USA) Saša Missoni (Director of the Institute for Anthropological Research) Tamas Ordog (Mayo Clinic, USA) Henry Lee (University of  New Haven, USA) Frederick Bieber (Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA)


1. To encourage young people to engage in science from an early age
2. Enable the winning students and teachers meetings with leading scientists of the world, includingNobel laureates, and
3. To promote knowledge as the basis of Croatian future.


The organisers of "The 10th ISABS Conference on Forensic, anthropologic and Medical Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Translational Medicine" are ISABS, Mayo Clinic and the Special Hospital St. Catherine, the co-organizers are the George Washington University, Penn State University, University of New Haven and the University of Split, Osijek and Rijeka, University North, Children's Hospital "Srebrenjak", Croatian Society of  Human Genetics, Unfallkrankenhaus-Berlin, Regiomed Clinic, Medical School Regiomed, Institute for Anthropological Research, Genos, Ruder Boskovic Institute, a special partner of this year's Conference of the American Academy of forensic sciences (AAFS). The sponsor of the conference is the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.