2019 marks not only the centenary of IUPAC, but also the 20th year of the IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists. The IUPAC-Solvay Award was established to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. Awards are given each year for the most outstanding Ph.D. theses in the general area of the chemical sciences. The Award has been generously sponsored by Solvay since 2014. We take this opportunity to reflect upon the influence of the IUPAC-Solvay award on the career trajectories of some early winners.
For more information on the Award, see: https://iupac.org/2020-iupac-solvay-international-award-for-young-chemists/.
Keywords: Chemical research, PhD thesis, Chemical education, IUPAC-Solvay