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12-07-2012

Solvay: Launch of Prize to Reward Major Scientific Discoveries

Solvay, Brussels. Belgium, creates the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize to reward a major scientific discovery that could shape tomorrow’s chemistry and help human progress. The EUR 300,000 Prize will be awarded every two years.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the creation of the chemical company Solvay and to perpetuate the founder’s commitment as a strong supporter of scientific research, Solvay’s Executive Committee has decided to set up this prize. It is intended to endorse basic research and underline the essential role of chemistry as a science and an industry to help solve some of the most pressing issues the world is facing.

An independent Nomination Committee composed of 15 eminent scientists will propose candidates for the Prize. The Committee will look for achievements in various fields, including biochemistry, material sciences, soft matter, biophysics and chemical engineering. The independent Prize Jury, chaired by Prof. Hakan Wennerström (University of Lund, Sweden), will then select the final winner. The first Awards ceremony will be held in Brussels in November 2013.

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