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The EFCE Excellence Awards

Call for nominations 2017

The EFCE presents the triannial Excellence Awards to recognise a PhD thesis or paper(s) of young scientists which demonstrate(s) an outstanding contribution to research and/or practice in the field of crystallization.

The award will be presented for the fourth time during the 20th International Symposium on Industrial Crystallization (ISIC 20) (congress website: http://isic20.com/)  to be held  in Dublin, Ireland, from 3 to 6 September 2017.


The award comprises:

  • A certificate
  • A cash award of  1500 euros
  • A travel grant (not exceeding 500 euros) to attend ISIC 20


The award will be presented during a dedicated session of ISIC 20. Here, the award winner will be given the opportunity to present their work.




The award is presented to a scientist in the early stage of his/her career, who have made excellent contributions to the understanding or the industrial application of crystallization.

Nominations may be submitted by

  • PhD supervisors at a PhD-awarding institution in an EFCE member country, or
  • Members of a national or regional member association of EFCE

No more than one nomination can be submitted by the same person; self-nominations are excluded. The nominated PhD thesis or paper(s) must have been published during the three calendar years preceding the closing date for nominations. A nominated PhD thesis must have been completed and published and the PhD degree examined and awarded.

Nomination procedure, supporting documentation, closing date


Nominations should be submitted as a complete package (one single PDF file) to the ISIC award or the EFCE award committee (see contact below )

by 17 April 2017  (extended deadline)


They have to contain the following information:

  • Name and address of the nominee, the supervisor/nominator and the institution
  • Title of the PhD thesis or the nominees paper(s)
  • Date work commenced, PhD awarded and thesis or paper(s) published. The latter date must fall in the period of three calendar years prior to 15 April 2014, ie between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2016.
  • Two letters of recommendation (no more than two pages each) from  two independent referees from different institutions, outlining the key contribution to crystallization research and/or practice and stating clearly why the contribution is considered to be truly outstanding and thus deserving the Award of Excellence.
  • A CV and (where applicable) a list of publications of the nominee.
  • In the case of nominating a PhD thesis an extended abstract in English (maximum 10 pages) containing a summary, the problem addressed and the current situation, key results, applications or implementations and impact of the research as well as references.
  • A copy of the thesis as published is to be made available upon request and this will be returned after evaluation.
  • In the case of nominating paper(s), at least one but no more than two refereed paper(s) in English in either a journal or the proceedings of a well established conference series, with the candidate as first-named and primary author.




For additional information and the submission of nominations please contact the award committee ISIC 20 ( beatrice.biscans@ensiacet.fr) or EFCE (honndorf@dechema.de) and their respective websites:

ISIC 20: http://isic20.com/

EFCE: www.efce.info/ExcellenceAwardCrystallization.html