Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize

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Solvay 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 by Ernest 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. 

As a result of the integration of Rhodia into the Solvay Group, the Rhodia Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Prize for Science and Industry that was created in 2008 will no longer be awarded, but will find a continuation in its spirit in the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize.

Award ceremony

« The Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize ceremony took place at the Palais des Académies in Brussels, Belgium on 4 December 2013, from 14.30 to 19.30. »

Palais des Académies: rue Ducale, 1 - 1000 Brussels, Belgium. 

14.30 - Welcome
15.00 - Welcoming speech by Nicolas Boël, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Solvay
15.15 - Introduction of the Laureate by Hakan Wennerström
15.40 - Lecture by the Laureate, Professor Peter G. Schultz
16.15 - Coffee break
16.50 - Address by Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO of Solvay
17.00 - Price-giving of the award to the Laureate by Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of Belgium
17.10 - Speech by Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of Belgium
17.30 - Presentation by Dr Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and President of the Solar Impulse Project
18.00 - Cocktail