Solvay launches Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize to reward major scientific discoveries

Brussels, 8-12-2012 — / — Solvay announced today (21 November 2012 at 2:00 pm) the creation of 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.

SOLVAY is an international chemical Group committed to sustainable development with a clear focus on innovation and operational excellence. It is realizing over 90% of its sales in markets where it is among the top 3 global leaders. Solvay offers a broad range of products that contribute to improving the quality of life and the performance of its customers in markets such as consumer goods, construction, automotive, energy, water and environment, and electronics. The Group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 31,000 people in 55 countries and generated EUR 12.7 billion in net sales in 2011 (pro forma). Solvay S.A. (SOLB.BE) is listed on NYSE Euronext in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB – Reuters: SOLBt.BR).


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