In 2014 the EAOHP lost one of its founding members, Dr Eusebio Rial-González. Seb will always be remembered as a beloved colleague and true innovator in occupational health psychology. He was a key member of the team that established the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology and served as the EAOHP Finance Officer and member of its Conference Organising Committee until 2002. He subsequently moved to the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work in Bilbao, Spain. As Head of its Prevention and Research Unit, Seb was the architect of the Agency’s Healthy Workplaces’ campaign on work-related stress and psychosocial risks. Amongst his other EU-OSHA achievements are the design and launch of ESENER, the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks, the launch of the Online interactive Risk Assessment project, OiRA, and the setting up of the OSHwiki.
To honour his life and work, EAOHP launched in 2016 the ‘Eusebio Rial-González Innovation & Practice Award in OHP’ in collaboration with EU-OSHA. The Award is open to any OHP researcher or practitioner who has produced a body of work that has made a considerable contribution to the field of occupational health psychology.
This biennial Award is open to any OHP researcher or practitioner who has developed a body of innovative research or a product that has made a considerable contribution to the field of occupational health psychology. Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. The candidate will either have contributed to the promotion of OHP through their innovative research or innovative practice. This could mean that their research has contributed to the development of innovative guidelines or the implementation of international, national or organisational OHP programmes that have made a difference in this area through their impact, or that they have played a key role in implementing such programmes. This impact would be documented, for example, by scientific publications, guidelines or products, and testified by colleagues and/or users. Special focus will be placed on innovations in OHP research and/or practice that promote a participatory approach such as social partner involvement and/or workers’ participation.
The award committee consists of two members of the EAOHP Executive Committee (Jo Yarker/ Rachel Lewis, and Stavroula Leka) and two members of EU-OSHA (Julia Flintrop and Annick Starren) who will review each application. Decision criteria include:
- Is the work largely the candidate’s own?
- Is the work innovative in terms of OHP research and/or practice?
- Is the work pioneering in OHP research and/or practice?
- Does the work promote a participatory approach such as social partner involvement and/or workers’ participation?
- What is the evidence of impact of the work and potential in the future?
- Quality of supporting documents and references.
2022 – Dr Virpi Kalakoski, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland, and Dr Johan Simonsen Abildgaard, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark [Joint Winners]
2020 – Dr Jukka Vuori, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
2018 – Dr Suzanne Nobrega, Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, USA
2016 – Professor Karina Nielsen, Chair of Work Psychology and Head of Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK