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Science & Technology Award Asia

Awarded annually and open to PhD students, this award is about recognizing and rewarding excellence in innovative PhD research in various fields that interest DSM. The chosen field for 2017 is human nutrition science. We welcome nominations related to PhD research in Human Nutrition science, with a focus on micronutrients, carotenoids and Omega-3 PUFA, including basic or mechanistic research using animal models for human nutrition, and studies with human subjects. Of all nominees, 4 finalists will be selected by an independent jury to present their work during the DSM Symposium during the 13th CNS (Chinese Nutrition Society) National Conference in Beijing.
DSM Science & Technology Award Asia

Nominations must relate to PhD research with implication on human nutrition. Preferred topics include studies on micronutrients, carotenoids and Omega-3 PUFA. Nominees will be judged based on both the connection to the theme and the quality of the scientific research.

Nominations are now closed.

Previous winner

In 2016 we granted the award to Dr. Hongbo Yi for his Ph.D. research on “Effects and Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Peptide CWA (Cathelicidin-WA) on Intestinal Inflammation and Intestinal Barrier Functions in Weaned Piglets”, which he conducted under the supervision of Prof. Yizhen Wang.

Nominations are now closed.

Eligibility Criteria

Defense of the thesis should fall in the period between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

The nominated work must be focused on innovative research – fundamental or applied – in the Human Nutrition science field.

Candidates must be nominated by their PhD supervisors (one nominee per supervisor). Nominations need to be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A summary of the candidate’s work (max. 5 pages in both English and Chinese).
  • A list of all accepted PhD related publications, including DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  • Copies of the key publications (max. 3) in full length.
  • The candidate’s complete curriculum vitae, including (expected) date of PhD defense.
  • A personal letter of recommendation from the PhD supervisor.

Important dates

  • Closing date for submissions: 24 April 2017.
  • Preselection of 4 finalists: before 1 May 2017
  • Symposium presentation by finalists: 22 May 2017.
  • Award presentation: 23 May 2017.


The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of RMB 25,000 and each of the 3 finalists will receive a cash prize of RMB 10,000 (tax-included).

Pre-selection and Judging procedure

From the total number of nominations received, four candidates will be selected to present their research during the DSM satellite symposium that will take place on 22 May 2017 at the 13th CNS National Conference in Beijing.

These four candidates will be invited to present their research results in a short lecture during a special DSM – CNS Symposium to be held at 22 May in Beijing. A judging committee comprising members from the DSM and CNS community will select the winner at the Plenary session of the 13th CNS National Conference.

It is compulsory that all finalists attend the above-mentioned congress and seminar to present their research, in person.

The Winner

The award will be presented during the plenary session of the 13th CNS National Conference on 23 May 2017.