EAAV Helga Gerlach Student Prize

The EAAV Helga Gerlach Student Prizes, formerly named EAAV student session prizes, are awarded for the three top presentations of the competitive student session at the International Conference on Avian, Herpetological and Exotic Mammal Medicine (ICARE). They are intended for students with no more than three years of postgraduate studies giving their first scientific presentation on an international conference. Students already involved in a residency program are excluded from application.

Application need to be submitted by the candidates themselves online by submitting an abstract for an oral, scientific presentation and indicating (tick box) that they are eligible as students on the ICARE website:


Deadlines for submission and notification are the same as for papers submitted for the main program of ICARE. The application must include an abstract of MAXIMUM 250 words (excluding title, authors and references) and are expected to be informative. This word limit of submission will ensure all material submitted for review is similar in length and compared/reviewed fairly. All submitted material must be ethically sound, and where appropriate previously approved by an ethics committee. For further information about the abstract, please visit the instructions of the local organizing committee (OC) of ICARE on the webpage:


All co-authors must agree to the paper submission and must acknowledge about the application.

Places within the competitive student session are limited to 5-7 depending on the decision of the organizing and the scientific committee. Candidates for the EAAV Helga Gerlach Student Prize Session will be selected by the scientific committee for avian medicine during ICARE by blinded review.

Student papers rejected for this competition can still be placed in the main program of ICARE in case they are of higher quality than other papers submitted for the main conference.

The top three presentations are selected during and announced immediately after the competitive student session. The selective committee includes the EAAV Officer for Student Affairs, the chairperson of the scientific committee for avian medicine during ICARE (SC) and one other member of the SC chosen by the chairperson. In each selective committee one person has to be with an academic affiliation and one person has to be a practitioner. In case one of the three is involved in one of the papers submitted, the SC chairperson has to nominate a proxy.

The prizes are awarded by the EAAV President as follows

1st place € 1000 (€ 300 to the student, € 700 to the main affiliation of the project)
2nd place € 500 (€ 200 to the student, € 300 to the main affiliation of the project)
3rd place € 300 (€ 100 to the student, € 200 to main affiliation of the project)

All three recipients are invited to the Gala Dinner of the conference.

Winners of the EAAV Helga Gerlach Student Prizes (from left to right: Dominik Fischer (EAAV Secretary), Anne-Kathrin Burmeister (3rd Prize), Carlotta de Luca (2nd Prize), Filipa Lopez (1st Prize), Michael Lierz (EAAV President), John Chitty (EAAV Vice-President).