The William Thierry Preyer Award

The William Thierry Preyer Award for Excellence in Research on Human Development 2021 was awarded to Prof. Dr. Christina Salmivalli, University of Turku, Finland.




The William Thierry Preyer Award was donated to the European Association of Developmental Psychology (previously European Society for Developmental Psychology) by the President of the 2007 European Congress on Developmental Psychology and the Rector of the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany. According to an agreement with the European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP), the university will continue to support this award through a long-term donation. EADP will take care that the award will excel its history and current reputation of developmental science.

William Thierry Preyer (1841-1897), born in England, was the Chair of Physiology at the University of Jena, Germany. His vision was inspired by Charles Darwin, and his main works have importance till today – “Spezielle Physiologie des Embryos” and “Die Seele des Kindes” (The Mind of the Child). Both books lead the foundation in their respective scientific disciplines, developmental physiology and developmental psychology, and seen from modern interdisciplinary views on human development, Preyer is a major forerunner of rigorous research on human development, based on observation and experimentation.

Criteria: The Award will be given to a European psychologist or a group of European psychologists – who is/are recognized internationally for an original and substantial contribution to a better understanding of human development and its contexts, as demonstrated by first-rate publications in scholarly journals, based on empirical research into the antecedents, processes and outcomes of human development-in-context.


Procedure: Nominations can be made, by every EADP member and by members of the Committee who are free to consult with other scientists and scientific bodies, including former Award winners. A recommendation to the Executive Council (EC) will be made by the Committee and confirmed by the EC. Nominations should be accompanied by a statement as to how the nominee(s) meet(s) the criteria, and by the full curriculum vitae of the nominee(s), and should be signed by two nominators. Members of the EC of EADP are not eligible for the Award during their mandate. They become so 5 years after the end of their last mandate .A Preyer Award Committee, which includes its President, its President-Elect and three other outstanding international developmentalists make the decisions (they are excluded if they nominated a person themselves). The Preyer Award is given during the the Conference by the President of EADP, followed by the lecture of the award winner. The Award implies an honorary membership with the EADP, and free attendance to three biennial EADP conferences.




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