The aim of the Georges Giralt PhD Award is to showcase PhD theses defended during 2022 at European universities from all areas of robotics. Outstanding theses with strong theoretical contributions, a focus on professional applications or technology transfer, with a high degree of multidisciplinarity, or showing how robotics technologies can be applied to new domains, are all eligible for the prize.

The award consists of a plaque and the publication of the thesis by Springer in the STAR series. It will be presented to the winner(s) at the occasion of the next European Robotics Forum to be held on the 14th-16th March 2023 in Odense, Denmark.

Please note:

  • The award covers the solar year but the submission deadline is November, the 30th, 2022. The candidates whose defence is planned in December need to submit as well with an integration of information after the defence.
  • The official date is the viva-voce defence. The finalists will be requested to prove it with a copy of the committee report or a mail from the tutor.
  • The selection of the finalists will be announced mid- to end-February 2022, and these finalists will be expected to give a 15-20 minutes presentation of their research at the Forum, since part of the award evaluation will be done on the basis of that oral presentation.
  • The oral presentation is, by default, in person. Exceptions will be handled case-by-case by informing the award board.
  • The eligible countries are the countries within geographical Europe and associated countries included within the Horizon Europe funding programme. This is the current list of associated countries: 
  • Self-candidatures only are accepted.
  • Submissions are made by sending an email to the George Giralt Award Committee via after completing the submission form:
  • The PhD thesis file should be unchanged with regard to what is sent to the committee.
  • Each finalist will get a financial support for the travel of 500€ + Free ticket to ERF + free ticket to the dinner.

The jury for the Georges Giralt Ph.D. Award consists of members belonging to the academic community of euRobotics. You can check their names and the former award winners here:

Details of the other euRobotics awards categories will be featured in the October newsletter.