Call 2024

At SPECIES we want to provide new opportunities for students while at the same time promoting networking within the community. The SPECIES scholarships were born in 2020 with these objectives in sight.

The 2024 Call is open!

Evaluation panels

Previous awardees


  • Francesca Da Ros. Host: Nysret Musliu, TU Wien, Austria
  • Gloria Pietropolli. Hosts: Mauro Castelli and Leonardo Vanneschi, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Etor Arza. Hosts: Emma Hart and Leni Le Goff , Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
  • Erdi Dasdemir. Host: Bismark Singh, University of Southampton, United Kingdom 


  • João Eduardo Batista. Host: Hitoshi Iba, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Francesco Marchetti. Host: Mauro Castelli, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Jessica Mégane Taveira da Cunha. Host: Eric Medvet, University of Trieste, Italy
  • Giorgia Nadizar. Host: Dennis G. Wilson, University of Toulouse, France


  • Andreea Avramescu. Host: Manuel López-Ibáñez, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Diederick Vermetten. Host: Kevin Sim, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Ana Kostovska. Host: Carola Doerr, Sorbonne University, France
  • Stefano Sarti. Hosts: Nuno Lourenço and Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Mosab Bazargani. Host: Fernando Lobo, University of Algarve, Portugal
  • Aidan Murphy. Hosts: Nuno Lourenço and Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra, Portugal (funded by the host)


  • Muhammad Ali Nayeem. Host: Ahmed Kheiri, University of Lancaster, UK
  • Bianca Pascariu. Host: Paola Pellegrini, University Gustave Eiffel, France
  • Adam Katona. Hosts: Nuno Lourenço and Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Yuri Cossich Lavinas. Host: Gabriela Ochoa, University of Stirling, UK
  • Hande Şenyüz. Host: Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Sérgio M. Rebelo. Host: JJ Merelo, University of Granada, Spain

Papers resulting from the scholarships

Giorgia Nadizar, Eric Medvet and Dennis G. Wilson Naturally Interpretable Control Policies via Graph-based Genetic Programming EuroGP 2024

Jessica Mégane, Eric Medvet, Nuno Lourenço and Penousal Machado Grammar-based Evolution of Polyominoes EuroGP 2024

Sérgio M. Rebelo, J. J. Merelo, João Bicker and Penousal Machado Evaluation Metrics for Automated Typographic Poster Generation EvoMUSART 2024

Diederick Vermetten, Hao Wang, Kevin Sim and Emma Hart To Switch or not to Switch: Predicting the Benefit of Switching between Algorithms based on Trajectory Features EvoApplications 2023

Ana Kostovska, Diederick Vermetten, Sašo Džeroski, Panče Panov, Tome Eftimov and Carola Doerr Using Knowledge Graphs for Performance Prediction of Modular Optimization Algorithms EvoApplications 2023

Stefano Sarti, Nuno Lourenço, Jason Adair, Penousal Machado and Gabriela Ochoa Under the Hood of Transfer Learning for Deep Neuroevolution EvoApplications 2023

Andreea Avramescu, Manuel López-Ibáñez and Richard Allmendinger Interactive Stage-wise Optimisation of Personalised Medicine Supply Chains EvoApplications 2023

Gabriela Ochoa, Arnaud Liefooghe, Yuri Lavinas and Claus Aranha Decision/Objective Space Trajectory Networks for Multi-objective Combinatorial Optimisation EvoCOP 2023

Bianca Pascariu, Marcella Samà, Paola Pellegrini, Andrea D’Ariano, Dario Pacciarelli and Joaquin Rodriguez Performance evaluation of a parallel ant colony optimization for the real-time train routing selection problem in large instances EvoCOP 2022

Adam Katona, Nuno Lourenço, Penousal Machado, Dan Franks and James Alfred Walker Utilizing the Untapped Potential of Indirect Encoding for Neural Networks with MetaLearning EvoApplications 2021 (short talk)