Hygienic Study Award 2023

Since its first edition in 2009, the Hygienic Study Award honors an upcoming generation of researchers and scientists and is meant to promote science and research in the field of hygienic processing. Knowledge and research resulting from the award are an added value which will contribute to the advancement of Hygienic Design worldwide and which will encourage the development of an international community in this important topic.

The award acknowledges three remarkable, innovative and high-quality diploma, bachelor's, master's and PhD's theses. Such studies should e.g. highlight the hygienic engineering & design of machinery and equipment, best practices in material usage and material surfaces under hygienic aspects as well as the general field of fouling and cleaning of food-related materials, food contact materials, tailored surfaces and the attachment of microbial species.

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Target groups: Target groups: full or part-time BSc, MSc, PhD or diploma students registered in an internationally recognised university or college, who are the lead authors and directly responsible for the main content of the work presented in the abstract.

Theses and language: Theses should be excellent and preferably written in English language. If submitted in another language, please attach an extensive English summary. The submitted papers should not be older than three years and will be evaluated by an international jury. Participation is free of charge.

Awards location: The EHEDG World Congress on even years and the EHEDG Online Congress on odd years. Finalists can participate free of charge.

The awards remuneration is kindly funded by the VDMA (German Engineering Federation):

1st prize: EUR 1,000.00

2nd prize: EUR 500.00
3rd prize: EUR 250.00

All awarded students in 2023 will receive free admission to the EHEDG Online Congress 2023, with the possibility to present their research work to an international network of industry leaders. And are also invited to the EHEDG World Congress 2024.

How to apply:
Download the application form and send it together with your thesis and - if required - an extended summary to the HSA Organisation Office (hsa@ivv-dd.fraunhofer.de).

Submission Deadline & Selection Procedures:
The submission deadline for all entries will be 28 February 2023.

The jury will evaluate all entries and select the winners. All participants will be notified of their result by the HSA Organisation Office in June 2023.

Evaluation criteria will be: thematic complexity, degree of innovation, feasibility, methodology and scientific approach, comprehensibility and layout of the thesis. Data privacy will be ensured.

Upon invitation of EHEDG, the winners of the Hygienic Study Award will be announced during the EHEDG Online Congress 2023 (date to be defined).