The ÖAW Young Researcher Award in Geographic Information Science is presented each year to up to three junior scientists in the wider fields of Geoinformatics and Geographic Information Science for already having made a significant contribution to this discipline. The intent of this award is to publicly recognize researchers early in their careers for notable innovation and as an encouragement towards further achievements. 

This Award will be presented to individuals, typically under the age of 35, acknowledging publications enhancing the body of Geoinformatics or GIScience literature. An individual aged up to 40 will be eligible for this award if specific career pathways still warrant a consideration as ‘young researcher’. 

Annual calls for submitting applications for the award are issued by the Austrian Academy of Sciences through its Commission for Geographic Information Science. Recipients will be acknowledged with a citation and a cash stipend of € 1500 split among recipients.

Submissions are currently invited until November 30, 2021.
Please send all applications, containing a scientific CV, current list of publications and a pdf copy f the ONE publication nominated for the award (lead author only) as one PDF file to stipref(at)

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Previous recipients of this price include:

2016: Filip Biljecki

2017: Song Gao und Xingjian Liu

2018: Chen Min and Pablo Cabrera Barona

2019: Auriol Degbelo and Wei Luo 

2020: Franz-Benjamin Mocnik and Yingjie Hu

2021: Laura Knoth