A special year for the 2019 IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists

Encouraging outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers is the key goal of the IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists. First established as the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists in 2000, it was renamed in 2014 when Solvay began its sponsorship of the award. In 2019 and in recognition of IUPAC 100th anniversary, Solvay is doubling their support signaling clearly that while the Solvay Group is ‘asking more from chemistry’, it is also providing more support for it.

In the early 1900s, and preceding the establishment of IUPAC, Ernest Solvay was a supporter of international collaborations and his vision led him to support the International Association of Chemical Societies, which held its 3rd meeting in Brussels in 1913, and to establish the International Solvay Institute for Chemistry. “We are very proud of this heritage that still nurtures our scientists in their regular interactions with academia across the World.” said Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux, Group General Manager of Research & Innovation for Solvay.

Since 2000, the Award has recognized nearly 100 young chemists. “It is rewarding to follow those scientists and see many of them contributing to today’s scientific enterprise” said IUPAC President Qi-Feng Zhou. “IUPAC is thankful for Solvay continuous support in 2019. This year, the Awards will be presented at the IUPAC Congress in Paris where for the IUPAC 100 celebrations, representation from both industry and academia will be exceptional.”

The Awards are given for the most outstanding PhD theses in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1000-word essay. Each prize will consist of USD 1000 cash and contributions to travel expenses to the 2019 IUPAC Congress in Paris (July 2019; see www.iupac2019.org) where the awards will be presented. Each awardee will be invited to present a poster on his/her research, to participate in a plenary award session, and is expected to submit a review article for publication in IUPAC scientific journal Pure and Applied Chemistry. In keeping with IUPAC’s status as a global organization, efforts will be made to assure fair geographic distribution of prizes.

Deadline for Application: 1 February 2019. 
LINK to Procedure and Application form


About Solvay:
Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Its light weighting materials promote cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 26,800 employees in 61 countries. Net sales were €10.1 billion in 2017, with 90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the world’s top 3 leaders, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 22%. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB ‐ Reuters: SOLB.BR) and in the United States its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a level‐1 ADR program. Financial figures take into account the announced divestment of Polyamides.

About IUPAC:
IUPAC was formed in 1919 by chemists from industry and academia. Since then, the Union has succeeded in fostering worldwide communications in the chemical sciences and in uniting academic, industrial and public sector chemistry in a common language. IUPAC is recognized as the world authority on chemical nomenclature, terminology, standardized methods for measurement, atomic weights and many other critically evaluated data. In more recent years, IUPAC has been pro-active in establishing a wide range of conferences and projects designed to promote and stimulate modern developments in chemistry, and also to assist in aspects of chemical education and the public understanding of chemistry. More information about IUPAC and its activities is available at www.iupac.org.