ESSA regularly awards the best student paper and the best student poster at its annual conferences. The awards are 350 Euros for the best paper and 150 Euros for the best poster. The awards are decided through an independent, anonymous review process that involves members of the ESSA MC and the conference organisers. The candidates for the best student paper award are identified on the basis of the ratings received by independent, anonymous conference reviewers. Members of the ESSA MC and the local organisers attend their presentation at the conference and consult for the final decision. The best poster award is decided upon a review process at the conference by independent, anonymous evaluations by MC members who rate the posters according to their relevance, innovativeness and clarity. The winners are celebrated during the closing ceremony of the conference.
ESSA has established in 2014 a Distinguished Dissertation Award. The award is 500 Euros, is assigned biannually and goes to the best PhD dissertation in social simulation by an ESSA PhD student member. A call for applications is announced on the ESSA website and newsletter. The selection is made independently by at least two MC members and the final decision is made by the MC in a meeting. The winners are celebrated during the closing ceremony of the conference.
ESSA has recently established an Outstanding Contribution Award for Social Simulation. The award will be celebrated at SSCs. The award will be given to a scientist who stood out for his/her contribution to the development of social simulation worldwide. The decision will be made by the MC through anonymous votes. The award will be only symbolic and will be celebrated during the closing ceremony of the SSCs.