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Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies

The Professor Jan Strzałko Award
for outstanding young scientist

The award was established on September 29, 2016 at the General Assembly of PTNCE as a commemoration of Professor Jan Strzałko – scholar and academic at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, fellow in physical anthropology, mechanisms of evolution, anatomy and human ecology in the Faculty of Biology, author of numerous publications and entries in encyclopedias and dictionaries, editor and co-author of textbooks, long-time Editor-in-Chief (1986–2011) of the journal Anthropological Review, member of PTNCE merited in "vocation to life" of the Society, and key figure in Polish anthropology.

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Award Regulations

The Professor Jan Strzałko Award is given by the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE) to a young scientist who holds the PhD degree in recognition of outstanding publishing achievement. Publications submitted for the award must include an aspect of evolutionary research on human and be original and innovative. Candidates for the award may be a PTNCE member of up to 35 years of age (at the time of application), or in receipt of a PhD degree for no longer than 5 years. In the case of women with children, the candidate maximum age is extended by an additional 6 months per child.

A candidate can self-submit the application or be nominated by an independent professorial researcher. In the latter case, along with the necessary documentation, a written justification for the recommendation and the consent of the recommended candidate are required in addition.
Required documents: A half-page CV of the candidate, list of 10 major publications and PDF's of no more than five articles published in reputable journals / organs. Applications should be sent to the President of the Award Committee along with a copy to the official PTNCE address (kaszycka@amu.edu.pl, ptnce@ptnce.pl) between October 1–31 each year.

The laureate of the Professor Jan Strzałko Award will be selected by the Award Committee means of competition. The Committee is appointed by the Society Board for the duration of the term of office of the Board, and consists of five members - persons from within and outwith the Board. One of the members of the Committee is elected as a President.

A solemn announcement of the name of the Laureate and presentation of the Professor Jan Strzałko Award takes place in the general forum of the annual PTNCE conference in September of the following year. The prize is:
– an invitation to deliver a special half-hour lecture, during which the laureate will present an account of his/her scientific achievements;
– exemption from registration fee for the conference at which the prize is awarded;
– waiver of PTNCE membership fee payment for two consecutive years;
– a diploma of recognition.

The Award Committee may choose not to select a winner in a given year.

Award Committee members (2017–2021)

1. Katarzyna A. Kaszycka (Institute of Anthropology, AMU, Poznań) – President
2. Krzysztof Kościński (Institute of Anthropology, AMU, Poznań)
3. Jan Kozłowski (Institute of Environmental Science, Jagiellonian University, Cracow)
4. Piotr Sorokowski (Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw)
5. Konrad Talmont-Kamiński (Faculty of History and Sociology, Bialystok University)

Award Winners


Agnieszka Sorokowska – Doctor of Psychology in the University of Wroclaw.

Publication achievements:

  • Sorokowska A., Pellegrino R., Butovskaya M., Marczak M., Niemczyk A., Huanca T., Sorokowski P. (2017) Dietary customs and food availability shape the preferences for basic tastes: A cross-cultural study among Polish, Tsimane' and Hadza societies. Appetite 116: 291–296
  • Sorokowska A. (2013). Assessing personality on the basis of body odor: differences between children and adults. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior 37: 153–163
  • Sorokowska A., Sorokowski P., Hummel T., Huanca T. (2013). Olfaction and environment: Tsimane' of Bolivian rainforest have lower threshold of odor detection than industrialized German people. PLoS One 8(7): e69203
  • Sorokowska A. (2013). Seeing or smelling? Assessing personality on the basis of different stimuli. Personality and Individual Differences 55: 175–179
  • Sorokowska A., Sorokowski P., Szmajke A. (2012). Does personality smell? Accuracy of personality assessments based on body odour. European Journal of Personality 26: 496–503

The winner has been appointed. The winner's name will be announced at the PTNCE conference in Prague.