Science & Technology Award International
2018 theme: Polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) nutrition and related topics
The theme for the 2018 award is Polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) nutrition and related topics. Nominations had to relate to human studies or animal studies as well as those involving more basic or mechanistic work relevant to PUFA nutrition. The nominees will be judged based on both the connection to the theme and the quality of the scientific research.
As in previous years, we have teamed up with ISSFAL to invite nominations for this year’s award, which forms part of DSM’s Bright Science Awards program. Nominations were international and open to current PhD students and those who have recently obtained their PhD.
In 2016 we granted the award to Raphael Chouinard-Watkins for his studies of mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease. His work helped us to better understand these underlying factors relating to the disease and was highly translational. His work was very well presented and he handled questions from all five judges with pointed and clear answers, while adding additional observations and data to the discussion.
The winner will receive €5,000 in cash and the three runners-up will each receive €1,000.
- The award is international and was open to current PhD students and those who have recently obtained their PhD.
- Candidates could not have defended their PhD thesis before 1 January 2016.
- The nominated work had to be focused on innovative research - fundamental or applied - in the general area of Polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) nutrition and related topics.
Selection and judging
From the total number of nominations now received, four candidates will be selected for the final judging round. These four candidates will be invited to present their research in a short presentation during a special DSM - ISSFAL Symposium to be held at the 13th Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids in Las Vegas, USA on 27-31 May 2018. A committee of leading scientists will select the winner.
The award will be presented during the plenary session of the ISSFAL 2018 congress on 31 May 2018. The winner will receive a cash prize of €5,000 and each of the three runners-up will receive a cash prize of €1,000. In addition, each of the four finalists will receive €1,500 to compensate for travel, hotel accommodation and conference registration.
- Candidates had to be nominated by their PhD supervisors (as a rule: one nomination per supervisor). Nominations had to be accompanied by the following supporting documents:
- A summary of the candidate’s work (max. 3 pages).
- A list of all accepted PhD related publications, including DOI.
- Copies of the key publications (max. 3) in full length.
- The candidate’s complete curriculum vitae, including (expected) date of PhD defense.
- A personal letter of recommendation from the PhD supervisor.
Nominations are now closed.