On the “Day of the University”, which we celebrated on 31st May 2017, the university also awarded the Young Investigators Awards to young scientists in the categories „Law & Economics“, „Arts & Humanities“ and „Natural & Life Sciences“. Thirty-seven young researchers from the „Natural and Life Sciences“ had submitted their abstracts. Prior to the “Day of the University” they had been evaluated and ranked by professors from the various fields. The best six candidates had then been invited to present their research during a six minute presentation, which was followed by a short discussion with the scientific committee. The announcement of the winners and award presentation ceremony took place during a ceremony in the afternoon in presence of the Austrian Federal President Alexander van der Bellen and the chancellor of the university. Two young scientists from the CCNS were among the winners of the YIA 2017. Christine Blume has won the YIA in the category “Natural & Life Sciences” for her abstract entitled “A clue to consciousness? Significance of circadian rhythms in severely brain‐injured patients” and Julia Krebs has won the YIA in the category “Arts & Humanities” for her abstract “Neuronale Verarbeitung von Argument‐Relationen in der Österreichischen Gebärdensprache (ÖGS)”.