EFCE Excellence Award Crystallization


Call for nominations 2020

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 21th International Symposium on Industrial Crystallization (ISIC 21) (congress website: https://dechema.de/ISIC_21.html) to be held in Potsdam, Germany from 8 to 11 September 2020.

The award comprises: 

  • A certificate
  • A travel grant (not exceeding 500 euros) to attend ISIC21
  • A complimentary registration to ISIC21

The award will be presented during a dedicated session of ISIC21. Here, the award winner will be given the opportunity to present the work.
The closing date for nominations is

30 April 2020.



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 (1.1.2017-31.12.2019). A nominated PhD thesis must have been completed and published and the PhD degree examined and awarded.

Nomination procedure, supporting documentation & closing date

Supporting documentation: nominations should be submitted via the online submission tool and must 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 the closing date, ie between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2019.
  • Two letters of recommendation (no more than two pages each) from two independent referees (including the nominator) 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 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.
Submission Form