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Excellence Award in Drying and Freeze-drying


Call for nominations 2019

The EFCE presents a biennial Excellence Award to recognise a PhD thesis published in the preceding three-year period, which demonstrates an outstanding contribution to research and/or practice in drying and freeze-drying. This document describes how this award series will operate and the rules and procedures governing nomination and selection of candidates.

The award will comprise:

  • A plaque/certificate
  • A cash award of €1500
  • A travel grant (not exceeding €500) to attend the European Conference on Drying, where the award will be presented

The award will be presented during a Plenary of the biennial European Drying Conference (EuroDrying).

The first EFCE Excellence Award in Drying & Freeze-drying will be presented at the 7th European  Drying Conference (conference website: ) to be held in Torino on 10-12 July 2019. PhD theses published between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2018 may be nominated for evaluation, with a closing date of

31 March 2019.



  • The award is presented to researchers or engineers in the early stage of their careers, who have made excellent contributions to Drying & Freeze-drying 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 must address a topic relevant to the field of Drying & Freeze-drying.
  • The nominated PhD thesis must have been published (or deposited in national libraries) during the three calendar years preceding the closing date for nominations.
  • The nominated PhD thesis must have been completed and published (or deposited) and the PhD degree examined and awarded.

Nomination procedure, supporting documentation and closing date

Nominations should be submitted via the online submission tool and must contain the following information:

  • Name, address and CV of nominee
  • Name and address  and letter of nominator
  • Title of the PhD thesis
  • Date work commenced and thesis defended
  • Two letters of recommendation (no more than two pages each), from two independent referees outlining the key contribution to drying and freeze-drying and stating clearly why the contribution is considered to be truly outstanding and thus deserving the Excellence Award.
  • An extended abstract in English (maximum 10 pages) containing the following information must be included:
    -   problem addressed,
    -   state of the art,
    -   key scientific and technological innovations,
    -   applications, implementations and results,
    -   references.
  • Upon request only: an electronic copy of the thesis (PDF file).

Submission Form


Deadline: nominations must be submitted to reach the Excellence Award Committee no later than Marchr 31st of the year before the 7th European Symposium on Drying. Late nominations will be rejected.


Publication of selected work
The successful candidate will be invited to make a presentation at the European Drying Conference at which the Award is presented. The presentation will be published in the proceedings of the Conference.


© DECHEMA e.V. last update December 10, 2018