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UZH Postdoc Team Award



The UZH Postdoc Team Award recognises interdisciplinary postdoctoral teams for an outstanding and independent scientific achievement. The achievement should be characterised by societal relevance and/or impact. To honour research as a collaborative endeavour, the prize will be awarded to teams rather than individual researchers. 

The UZH Postdoc Team Award is funded by a private donation to the President's Fund of the UZH Foundation.

UZH Postdoc Team Award 2023

Awardees 2023: Dr. Dr. med. Carlo Cervia-Hasler and Dr. André N. Meyer-Baron

For their outstanding achievement, exemplary team-work and interdisciplinary collaboration in the development and preliminary evaluation of a wearable-supported activity pacing platform for Long Covid and ME/CFS patients, allowing users to continuously monitor vital signs and set personal heartrate and step-count limits to avoid further deterioration of the disease.

Read more on UZH News.

Shortlisted Teams 2023

Next to the winning team, the following teams of postdocs were shortlisted:


  • Dr. Leyla Loued-Khenissi and Dr. Christian Pfeiffer for collaborative research on the effect of microgravity on human decision-making.
  • Dr. Stuart Watson, Dr. Piera Filippi and Dr. Luca Gasparri for insights from animal communication into the evolution of arbitrary word-meaning associations in human language.

UZH Postdoc Team Award 2022

Checking the Pulse of Society: Find out about the 2022 winners on  UZH News.

Evaluation Procedure

The Research Committee of the UZH evaluates the nominations. The Committee consists of representatives of all UZH faculties and the representative bodies. Please consider this in your nomination and write for an educated but non-expert audience.

Shortlisted teams will be invited to present the nominated achievement to the UZH Research Committee. The decision will be communicated shortly thereafter.

The nominated achievements are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Scientific quality
  2. Interdisciplinarity and added value of the collaboration
  3. Independence
  4. Societal impact and/or social relevance


Evaluation Criteria

1. Scientific quality

  1. The research has been conducted in accordance with "good scientific practice".
  2. Open Science practices have been taken into account (as defined in the UZH Open Science Policy).
  3. The nominated achievement is methodologically and theoretically sound and at the forefront of current research.

2. Interdisciplinarity and added value of the collaboration

  1. The team members come from different disciplines, preferably also from different organizational units (institutes, faculties).
  2. Approaching a research question from different disciplinary perspectives enables insights that would not have been gained without the cooperation.

3. Independence (criteria are not additive)

  1. The research originated from the idea and initiative of the nominated persons.
  2. Planning and/or implementation of the research was largely independent of the supervisors.

4. Societal impact and/or social relevance (criteria are not additive)

  1. The research relates to current societal issues or contemporary challenges (laid down e.g. in the UN Sustainable Development Goals).
  2. The research seeks to engage in dialogue with and involve a broader public (science communication, citizen science).
  3. The research has a demonstrable application reference in fields of practice (e.g. economy, politics, civil society, culture, education, health, environment, etc.).

Weiterführende Informationen

Nomination Guidelines and Nomination Form

Download the nomination guidelines and nomination form:

UZH Postdoc Award Nomination Form

Submit the completed nomination form in one single PDF-file to