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European Young Chemist Award

The European Young Chemist Awards (EYCA), which are sponsored by the Italian Chemical Society and the Italian Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici, are given every two years during the EuCheMS Chemistry Congress. The European Young Chemists Awards are intended to showcase and recognise the excellent research being carried out by young scientists working in the chemical sciences.

EYCA 2016

The European Young Chemist Award 2016 is intended to showcase and recognise the excellent research being carried out by young scientists working in the chemical sciences and will be presented at the 6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress to be held in Seville from 11-15 September 2016. It will follow the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 European Young Chemist Awards held in Budapest, Torino, Nürnberg, Prague and Istanbul during the previous editions of the European Chemistry Congresses.

This year’s EYCA award is organised by the Italian Chemical Society (SCI), the Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici (CNC) and the Spanish National Chemists Association, ANQUE.

Applicants should have submited application information by e-mail to euchems.award@gmail.com by 1 April 2016 in order to be considered for the award.

Some European societies will offer a number grants to encourage young scientists and enable them to participate. Please contact the EuCheMS member societies in your country for further information.

EYCA 2014

The 2014 edition of the European Young Chemist Award took place in Istanbul at the 5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, sponsored by the Italian Chemical Society and by the and the Italian Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici, and under the patronage of EuCheMS, the EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, and the European Young Chemistry Network (EYCN).
The Jury, L. De Cola, M. Prato and B. M. Trost., selected the following winners:
35-years level
Gold Medal (€1800) – Frederik Wurm (Max Plank Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
Silver Medal (ex equo €800) – Gonçalo Bernardes (University of Cambridge, UK)
Silver Medal (ex equo €800) – Tom Hasell (University of Liverpool, UK)
PhD level
Gold Medal (€800) – Zoel Codolà (University of Girona, Spain)
Silver Medal (ex equo €600) – Jonathan O. Bauer (Technical University of Dortmund, Germany)
Silver Medal (ex equo €600) – Anna Maria Rydzik (University of Oxford, UK)

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The winners at 35 years old level: from left to right Frederick Wurm, Tom Hasell, Gonçalo J. L. Bernardes.

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The winners at PhD level: Left to right: Zoel Codolà, Anna M. Rydzik, Jonathan O. Bauer.

EYCA 2012

The European Young Chemist Award 2012 was assigned during the 4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress. The EYCA is intended to showcase and recognise the excellent research being carried out by young scientists working in the chemical sciences. The EYCA2012 was once again succesfully managed by Professor Bruno Pignataro and was assigned during the  4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress that took place in Prague from 26 to 30 August 2012. The Jury (R.H. Grubbs, V. Aquilanti, V. Brabec) selected the following winners:

35-years level:

Gold Medal (1800 €): Dr. Elisabetta Collini (Università di Padova, Italy)
Silver Medal (ex-equo – 800 € each): Prof. Yury O. Tsybin (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) and Dr. Jerome Waser (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

PhD level:

Gold Medal (800 €): Shan Jiang (University of Liverpool, UK)
Silver Medal (ex-equo – 600 € each): Gabriel Loget (Université de Bordeaux, France) and Olalla Vázquez (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

The EYCA2012 has been founded by Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici (CNC) and Italian Chemical Society (SCI) and patronaged by EuCheMs, CNC, SCI, the 4th EuCheMs Congress and the European Young Chemist Network (EYCN).

EYCA 2010

Sponsored by the Italian Chemical Society
The Award winners are:
Gold medal
Nicolai Cramer, ETH Zurich, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Switzerland
Silver Medals 
Clemence Corminboeuf, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Claudia Höbartner, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
Gold medal at PhD level
Sophie Carenco, Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris and Laboratoire Hétéroéléments et Coordination, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, Palaiseau, France
Silver medals at PhD level
Ulrich Hintermair, ITMC of RWTH Aachen, Germany
Laura Gómez,  Departament de Química, Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la Universitat de Girona, Spain

List of all finalists who gave presentations at the EuCheMS Chemistry Congress in August 2010, Nürnberg, Germany.
EYCA 2008

Sep 08 EYCA Dave Garner presents Gold award to Fabio Arnesano, University of Bari, for his work on 'Copper-Triggered Aggregation of Ubiquitin'

The EuCheMS European Young Chemist Award Winners

Dave Garner with the EuCheMS European Young Chemist Award Winners

ESCA 2008

The Awards were presented by Dave Garner, Chair of the Jury. The medal winners are:

  • Gold medal: Fabio Arnesano, University of Bari, Italy, for his work ‘Copper-Triggered Aggregation of Ubiquitin’
  • Silver medals: Leonard J. Prins, University of Padova, Italy, for work on ‘Catalyst Discovery using Dynamic Chemistry’, and Ali Tavassoli, University of Southampton, UK, for work on ‘Inhibition of HIV Budding by a Genetically Selected Cyclic Peptide Targeting the TSG101-GAG Interaction’
  • Gold medal at PhD level: Guillermo Mínguez Espallargas, University of Sheffield, UK, for work on ‘Porous Material Behaviour in a Non-Porous Material: Gas Uptake of Small Molecules Involving Multiple Structural Changes’
  • Silver medals at PhD level: Gustavo Fernández, Universidad Complutense de Madrid,  Spain, for work on ‘Self-Organization of Electroactive Materials: exTTF-Based Linear and Dendritic Supramolecular Architectures’ and Viktoria H. Gessner, Universität Würzburg, Germany, for work on ‘a-Lithiated Methylamines as Powerful Building Blocks: From the Molecular Structure to Asymmetric Synthesis’

The 15 finalists gave presentations to the European Jury comprising Dave Garner, Royal Society of Chemistry, Angela Agostiano, Societa Chimica Italiana, and Christian Remenyi, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker. A total of 90 entries had been received from young scientists aged 22 – 35 from 30 different countries.
The European Young Chemist Award aims to recognise the excellent research being carried out by young scientists working in the chemical sciences. It is sponsored by the Società Chimica Italiana and was organised by the European Young Chemists Network Panel chaired by Bruno Pignataro, Italy.

EuCheMS European Young Chemist Award complete list of finalists.

U. Schubert, C. Todasca, P. Drašar, S. Facchetti, F. DeAngelis, J. Waser, R. H. Grubbs, O. Vázquez, S. Jiang, E. Collini, B. Pignataro (from left to right)