Mobilising for diabetes

At European level, the main advocacy targets of IDF Europe are the EU Institutions (European Parliament and European Commission), the Council of Europe and the World Health Organization European Region. At national level, the Federation acts as a bridge for its Members by informing them on the latest policy developments Europe-wide.

Since 2012, IDF Europe awards two IDF Europe Prizes in Diabetes yearly to reward excellence, innovation, and commitment in diabetes: the IDF Europe Young Researcher Award, and the IDF Europe Long-Standing Achievement Award.

These Awards aim at increasing awareness about diabetes and acknowledging outstanding individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes.

2018 IDF Europe Prizes in Diabetes Call for Nomination!

IDF Europe is thrilled to annouce that the 2018 IDF Europe Prizes in Diabetes are now open for nominations!

As in previous years, we welcome nominations in two categories: Young Researcher (sponsored by Air Liquide Healthcare) and Long-standing Achievement (an association) (sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company).

Do you know an outstanding Young Researcher or a dedicated association delivering excellent results on improving the lives of people with diabetes? Act Now and Nominate them today! The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to 16 September

Do not hesitate to contact us at  if you have any questions. 

Young Researcher - Details for nomination Nomination Form 

Long-standing Achievement (awarded to an association in 2018) - Details for nomination Nomination Form

You can access all past winners at the Hall of Fame 

Young Researcher






This Prize is awarded to a young researcher, under the age of 40, who is involved in innovative patient-oriented research in diabetes and/or its complications. Their work should demonstrate commitment to diabetes research leading to improved health outcomes for people with diabetes. 


2013 – Ms Krisztina Lukacs (Hungary)

2014 – Dr Joana Gaspar (Portugal)

2015 – Dr Barbara Ludwig (Germany)

2016 – Dr Michael Gejl Jensen (Denmark)

2017 Dr Shivani Misra (United Kingdom)

Long-standing achievement

long standingIDF Europe is a federation of 70 national associations in 47 countries. We recognise the endless dedicated work of these associations to support the lives of people with diabetes in their respective countries and to prevent the condition. In 2016, the Prize for Long-Standing Achievement will be awarded to an association.

The award for long standing achievement is supported by a sponsorship from Eli Lilly and Company.


2012 - Associação Protectora dos Diabéticos de Portugal (Portuguese Diabetes Association)

2013 - Prof Jean-Philippe Assal (Switzerland)

2014 - Polskie Stowarzyszenie Diabetykow (Polish Diabetes Association)

2015 - Ms Valentyna Ocheretenko (Ukraine)

2016- Shoqata E Diabetit Në Shqipëri (Albanian Diabetes Association)

2017- Ms Cristina Cucchiarelli (Italy)

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Social Media

SMIn recent years, we have seen the emergence of a new type of communication around health issues where people directly affected by a disease become the focal point for the flow information. Social media, including personal blogs and exchange platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. now play a major role in communicating health messages which, when conveying accurate information, can be a great source of inspiration and support. For people with diabetes this usually translates into the provision of peer information mostly regarding daily self-management, patient empowerment and rights. The feelings of empathy, proximity and of being understood created by these channels are essential and demonstrate the success of such online platforms.

It takes time, dedication and talent to provide accurate, frequently updated and interesting information in a format which is of interest to the readers. IDF Europe would like to recognise this commitment by way of a Social Media Prize in Diabetes.

The award for social media is supported by a sponsorship from Eli Lilly and Company.



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