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 inauguration of a 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 2018.

The Award Winner

The winner of the inaugural EURADH/FEICA Adhesion Innovation Award was announced at the 2018 EURADH Conference and at FEICA 2018.

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

The jury agreed that Dr Hensel’s paper on gecko-inspired micropatterned dry adhesion was both very inspiring and topical. These adhesives promise reversible, non-destructive adhesion which can enable novel biomedical applications such as wound closures and self-adhesive transplants, and also provide a new solution for innovative pick-and-place technologies in industrial automation and robotics.

Dr Hensel undertook his Ph.D. at the Max Bergmann Centre for Biomaterials at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany. Subsequently, he joined the Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany, as a Post-Doc to develop new bioinspired design concepts for micropatterned adhesive surfaces.

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.

We are already looking forward to the entries for the next edition, which will be in 2020.


Applications for the 2018 Adhesion Innovation Award are now closed.

We received some outstanding entries for the Award that underline the huge potential for innovation in the adhesive and sealant industry. Read more >

Adhesion Innovation Award Rules

Evaluation Criteria

  • How the three topics in the one-page application are addressed:
    • Summary of the work and results
    • Scientific impact in the specific field / in adhesion science
    • Relevance of the work, highlighting benefits to the circular economy, society, economy, sustainability, environment and/or industry.
  • Impact on adhesion science and technology.
  • Scientific quality of the work.
  • Applicant’s own contribution and degree of independence, taking the specific degree of education of the applicant into account.

The Jury

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

More about the jury ...

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