Adhesion Innovation Award

FEICA, the association representing the European adhesive and sealant industry, and EURADH, the biannual European conference on adhesion and related phenomena, are delighted to announce the second edition of their new joint award for adhesion science. The Award for Innovative Adhesion Science aims to stimulate the interactions between industrial and scientific activities in adhesion science. The award is funded by FEICA and presented at the EURADH conferences.

Applications are invited from young researchers working in adhesion science in Europe who have published outstanding work. This includes masters students, doctoral students, post-docs, junior professors and researchers associated with universities, research institutes or companies. The scope and possible topics are identical to those of the call for papers for EURADH 2020.

The Award Winner

Ten candidates sent in inspirational papers in innovative adhesion science, and the EURADH jury examined each one methodically for scientific impact, relevance, structure, preparation technology, theoretical description and practical application. Each work showed clear benefits to the circular economy, society and/or our industry. You can read a summary of each entry on the adhesion innovation award website.

The second EURADH/FEICA Adhesion Innovation Award was won by Ms Elisa Arikan for her paper on ‘Structural adhesive bonding of polymers - Surface characteristics and adhesion mechanism’.

The jury agreed that the impact of Ms Arikan’s paper on the mechanism for good adhesion on a polymer surface is highly relevant for a multitude of applications and industries and that her innovative and fundamental understanding of adhesion was particularly commendable.

Ms Arikan is a PhD student and Research associate at the Universität der Bundeswehr München (“University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich”) in cooperation with the Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants (WIWeB) in Erding, Germany. Her field of research and dissertation are on ‘Structural adhesive bonding of high performance thermoplastics’.

The bi-annual EURADH/FEICA Adhesion Innovation Award is a great opportunity for both EURADH and FEICA to foster ties between industrial and scientific activities and to raise awareness of the outstanding contribution our sector’s innovators make towards a circular economy and a better world.

The very first EURADH/FEICA Adhesion Innovation Award, in 2018, was won by Dr Rene Hensel for his paper on ‘Composite pillars with a tunable interface for adhesion to rough substrates’.

We are already looking forward to the entries for the next edition, which will be in 2022, so watch this space!

Elisa Arikan, now Dr Arikan, spoke about her paper, as well as winning the award, at the EURADH 2021 online conference on 13 October 2021. We hope to also see her at the FEICA 2022 European Adhesive and sealants Conference & EXPO in Hamburg, Germany. The call for entries for AIA 2023 is expected towards the end of 2022.


Due to the COVID pandemic, the next edition of the Adhesion Innovation Award will be in 2023, with the application submission period being between November 2022 and March 2023. A winner will be announced in June 2023 and the Award presentation will take place at the EURADH and FEICA conferences in September 2023.

The 2020 Jury

The submissions are reviewed and evaluated by a jury consisting of EURADH representatives.

More about the jury ...