Winners' Testimonials

Building a Supportive ERG Community Across the Years

ERG Link Convenor, Saneeya Qureshi, asked previous Best Paper Winners to provide a  testimonial about the impact engaging with the Best Paper Award had on their career.

Read on to hear what they had to say.

ERC 2020 | Pontus Bäckström

"For me it has been a great experience to participate in the Best paper award since it offers a somewhat different format and procedure in the peer-review process and communication that you have with journals. For an emerging researcher as myself this has been an important and educative process to take part in."

ERC 2019 | Sofia Eleftheriadou

"Engaging with the Best Paper Award process as an emerging researcher was a good exercise in turning a thesis chapter into a journal article."

Read Sofia's blog post 4 Things I Found Useful about the Emerging Researchers’ Conference and Best Paper Award.

 

ERC 2018 | Sara Franch

"It was a great opportunity to submit my paper to the ERG Best Paper Award. The comments of the reviewers were excellent and really helped me to improve my paper, which was then published in the EERJ"

ERC 2017 | Abdoulaye Faye

"Receiving the Best Paper Award was a great academic promotion. Owing to the award, I got invited to several meetings in the educational research network in France to bear witness to the experience of attending the ECER and competing for the BPA. Now, I take part in the reviewing process for the ERG submissions and it is an exciting moment that I always look forward to!"

 

ERC 2016 | Manuela Mendoza

"Winning the Best Paper Award was a great opportunity to increase my confidence in my research and to improve my skills to write academic papers in English. The reviewers' feedback was detailed and useful, and having a publication in the EERJ at an early stage of my PhD has been very helpful to gain visibility among colleagues working on similar topics."

ERC 2015 | Panagiota Gkofa

"There was an impact of engaging with the Best Paper Award on my career. Since then, I managed to meet academics and new researchers from the EERA participants and networks and this has helped me publish drawing on my doctoral study. After completing my PhD in the UK, I am back in my home country, Greece, and I am involved in primary school teaching as well as research projects and academic teaching. I continue to participate in ECER conferences and I strongly encourage new researchers to get involved in the ERG activities. "

ERC 2014 | Iryna Kushnir

"Engaging with the Best Paper Award was a helpful contribution to building my research profile, publication record and supportive networks."

ERC 2013 | Cora Lingling Xu

"I am delighted to share that winning the Best Paper Award in the EERA’s Emerging Researchers’ Group competition has allowed me to publish my first peer-reviewed article in a major, high-impact journal (i.e. the EERJ). This has helped to build my confidence and enabled me to acquire valuable academic publication experiences. Such confidence and experiences have proven instrumental in my subsequent publication successes, which have contributed significantly to my successes in securing competitive academic positions in major research-intensive universities in the UK."

ERC 2012 | Triin Lauri

"It is obviously hard to evaluate the impact of that award to my career but given the everyday life of researchers, its intensity, dependence on collegial support, peer reviews and decisions, loads of rejections and acceptances etc., it was definitely very important thing for me. The more so that is was the first international recognition of that kind …. Thus, in the world and field where the prestige economy plays such a huge role, that types of awards are of utmost importance …. In case of perfect timing it might be the just needed positive bounce for an emerging researcher to give that extra motivation to continue (after several rejections or criticisms J inevitable in academic world)."

ERC 2009 | Konstanze Spohrer

"Receiving the award was a big boost to my confidence as an emerging educational researcher. The experience of writing a paper for publication in an international peer reviewed journal provided me with valuable skills and was a bonus in terms of securing my first academic position."

ERC 2008 | Katrin Kaufmann-Kuchta

"I received the Award early in my career and it had a very positive impact, not least on my academic self-confidence. And of course, the Award boosted the visibility of our paper and this was very helpful also for further publications. I would always suggest emerging researchers to apply for the EERA Best Paper Award."

 

ERC 2007 | Nasser Mansour

"In terms of ideas for early career researcher development, I can say from my own experience that writing workshops and mentoring in relation to writing for publication (I attended one facilitated by Pat Thompson many years ago) have benefited me greatly."

Best Paper Award 2021

Submission deadline 20 Nov 2021
Formative feedback given 10 Feb 2022
Re-Submission deadline 10 March 2022
Winner announced early May 2022

First-hand Insights

Learn what Sofia Eleftheriadou, winner of the Best Paper Award 2019, found useful about the Emerging Researcher's Conference and the Best Paper Award on the EERA Blog.

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