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 third edition of their 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 Master’s students, PhD (Doctoral) students, post-docs, junior Professors and researchers associated with universities, research institutes or companies. The scope and possible topics are identical to the main topics here: .

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 Award Winners

The award winner will have the opportunity to present his or her work at EURADH/WCARP 2023, which will take place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, from 10-13 September 2023, and at the annual FEICA Conference and EXPO in 2024. A prize of €3,000 and a certificate will be awarded to the winner. In addition, the participation fee for the two conferences will be waived and travel costs for the winner and, if applicable, his or her supervisor, will be refunded (flight bookings after agreement with FEICA; the total amount of the extra expenses are not to exceed € 2,000).


Past Award Winners

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

The second Award was won in 2020 by Ms Elisa Arikan for her paper on ‘Structural adhesive bonding of polymers - Surface characteristics and adhesion mechanism’.

The 2022 edition was postponed to 2023 due to the COVID pandemic.

The third Award was won in June 2023 by Mr Marvin Kaufmann for his publication on ‘How adhesives flow during joining’.

The next (4th) edition of the FEICA/EURADH Adhesion Innovation Award (AIA 2025) will be launched at the FEICA Conference and EXPO 2024.

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 2023 Jury

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

More about the jury …