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Excellence Award in Mechanics of Particulate Solids

Call for nominations 2019

The EFCE presents a triennial (once every three years) Excellence Award to recognise a PhD thesis or associated paper(s) published in the preceding three-year period, which demonstrate an outstanding contribution to research and/or practice in Mechanics of Particulate Solids. This document describes how this award series will operate and the rules and procedures governing nomination.

The award will comprise:

  • A certificate
  • A cash award of € 1500
  • A travel grant (not exceeding € 500) to attend the International Congress on Particle Technology - PARTEC where the award will be presented.

The 2019 EFCE Excellence Award in Mechanics of Particulate Solids will be presented at the PARTEC 2019 which will be held  Nuremberg, Germany, on 9-11 April 2019. The winner will be invited to deliver a presentation following the award cermony

PhD theses or papers published between 30 November 2015 and 30 November 2018 may be nominated for evaluation, with a closing date of

30 November 2018.


  • The award is presented to researchers or engineers in the early stage of their careers, who have made excellent contributions to Mechanics of Particulate Solids in the process industries.
  • 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.
  • Self-nominations are excluded.
  • No more than one nomination can be submitted by the same person.
  • The nominated PhD thesis or paper(s) must address a topic relevant to the field of Mechanics of Particulate Solids.
  • The nominated PhD thesis or paper(s) must have been published during the three calendar years preceding the closing date for nominations.
  • The nominated PhD thesis must have been completed and published and the PhD degree examined and awarded.

Nomination procedure, supporting documentation and closing date  

Supporting documentation: nominations should be submitted via the online submission tool and must contain the following information:

  • Name, address and CV of the nominee
  • Name and address of the nominator
  • Title of the PhD thesis / paper(s)
  • Date work commenced and date at which the PhD  thesis was defended
  • Letter from the nominator and two letters of recommendation (no more than two pages each), from two independent referees outlining the key contribution to Mechanics of Particulate Solids and stating clearly why the contribution is considered to be truly outstanding and thus deserving the Excellence Award.
  • In the case of nominating a PhD thesis:  An extended abstract of the thesis in English (maximum 10 pages) containing the following information must be included:
    -   summary,
    -   problem addressed,
    -   state of the art,
    -   key scientific and technological innovations,
    -   applications, implementations and results,
    -   references.
  • In case of nominating a paper/papers: Copy/copies of the paper(s)
  • upon request a copy of the thesis, as published (this will be returned after the evaluation is completed)

Submission Form


  • Deadline: Nominations must be submitted to reach the Excellence Award Committee no later than November 30th of the year before the PARTEC Congress. Late nominations will be not be considered.

Publication of selected work
The successful candidate will be invited to give a presentation at the PARTEC Congress at which the Award is presented. The presentation will be published in the proceedings of the Symposium.

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