Young Professionals Initiatives

Young Investigator Meeting (YIM)

– Targeting the Microenvironment for Imaging and Therapy 

– June 13-14, 2024 (Vienna)



Watch the teaser about Young Investigator Meeting!

Watch the interview featuring our esteemed YIM Chair 2024, Tim Van den Wyngaert and the Scientific Chair of this event Margret Schottelius, for more insights!


Tim Van den Wyngaert (Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium)

Margret Schottelius (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Switzerland)

Roy Sheppard (UK)

Arturo Chiti  (Editor-in-chief EJNMMI family journal)



To bring together a selected group of promising early-career scientists in nuclear medicine from across Europe for a highly interactive educational event consisting of scientific presentations, peer discussion, professional skill development, and social networking.



The winner of the YIM’24 event will receive the following:

  • Prize of €2,500 (paid to the host institution/department)
  • Invitation to present their research during the EANM’24 annual meeting in Hamburg
  • Complimentary registration for EANM’24
  • Travel (max. €350) and accommodation (max. 2 nights; €350/night) for the EANM’24 covered through EANM

The faculty will select the winner based on the quality of the submitted abstract, the presented work, the active participation and overall achievement during the meeting.



Participants arrive in the morning, with the scientific program starting at 11 am. The meeting starts with an icebreaker activity and an informal interview with the faculty to create a welcoming atmosphere to enhance participant interaction.

Next, participants will present their project and receive feedback from the faculty and fellow attendees on scientific content and presentation skills. Presentations will be done in 5 blocks of 2 presentations to allow ample time for discussion and interaction after each block. The first day is concluded with a social event with dinner to network among peers.

The second day starts with a group debate about hurdles and barriers that participants encounter in their early careers. This debate is followed by a workshop on delivering powerful elevator pitches. Finally, a presentation on how to get published in high-impact journals concludes the program. The meeting will adjourn at noon, after which participants will travel home.



The content of the meeting aligns with the following CANMEDS roles: scholar, communicator, and professional.

  • Improve scientific knowledge and ability to implement feedback
  • Develop scientific communication and presentation skills
  • Enhance networking and coaching skills
  • Gain insights into the scientific publication process


Application Process

Participants for the YIM’24 event will be selected from applications submitted before the deadline of 19/02/2024. The following eligibility rules apply:

  1. The applicant must be 33 years of age or younger.
  2. Have a master’s degree (or be in the final year of obtaining one) and be actively involved in (pre)clinical research as a full-time researcher or as part of a clinical training program.
  3. Submit an abstract (600-800 words).
  4. The research project should be in the field of nuclear medicine and ongoing, meaning that it must not be fully completed, published, or presented elsewhere so that any received feedback can still be implemented.
  5. Submitting projects in the final stages of development that have not yet started is also acceptable.
  6. Submit a personal statement explaining the motivation to participate and the expected benefit of participation (200 words).
  7. Young scientists from all fields of nuclear medicine are encouraged to submit, including physicians, physicists, radiopharmacists, radiochemists, biologists, and technologists.
  8. Applicants must live in a country represented by the EANM (
  9. Applicants have to be fluent in English.
  10. A letter of support signed by the head of the nuclear medicine department or research group where the applicant works must be provided at the time of submission confirming that, if the candidate wins the YIM award, the prize money will be dedicated to the awarded project, which will be realized within the department or research group.
  11. Applicants agree to write a short report summarizing their experience at the meeting and their project and send it to the EANM Execute Office in due time if they win the YIM award.

Selection Process

The 10 best abstracts will be selected to participate in the YIM’24 meeting in Vienna – competing for the YIM’24 award!

EANM offers following benefits to the shortlisted participants:

  •  travel aid – up to 350 Euros
  • 1 hotel night
  • Lunch and dinner



Selection Criteria

1. The applicant meets the criteria set out above

2. The fit of the research topic with the meeting’s theme

3. Quality of the submitted abstract: clear hypothesis, sound scientific methodology and analysis, and appropriate conclusions. The impact of the reported (preliminary) results should not be the primary selection criteria.

4. Personal statement of the applicant.


Participants will be asked to complete an evaluation and feedback form at the end to assess the YIM’24 meeting and improve the format for future editions.


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