PRESS RELEASE from the Secretariat of the Second International Conference on Non-Covalent Interactions – Strasbourg

On the occasion of the first International Conference on Noncovalent Interactions (ICNI 2019) which was held in Lisbon in 2019, its International Advisory Board (IAB) has formally agreed on a proposal, from the Chairs of the Conference, for the establishment of a prize, named the van der Waals Prize, to distinguish scientists of high scientific merit who have contributed in an outstanding way to the development of the field of Noncovalent Interactions in Science. The van der Waals Prize was already awarded for the first time on the occasion of the 1st ICNI (2019) to Prof. Pavel Hobza.

At ICNI 2019, the IAB members further agreed that this Prize should distinguish a young (not older than 45 years) and a senior scientist in alternating years.

Accordingly, the van der Waals Prize for a young scientist has been awarded in 2020 to Prof. Alexander Tkatchenko, and the van der Waals Prize for a senior scientist has been awarded in 2021 to Prof. Giuseppe Resnati.

Both these distinctions will be presented to the awardees (the young and the senior one) during the second ICNI to be held in Strasbourg.

Due to the strenuous world sanitary situation related to the COVID19 outburst, the International Advisory Board of the International Conference on Nocovalent Interactions (ICNI) has decided to defer the second ICNI (originally planned for July 19th-23rd 2021) to July 18th-22nd 2022.
As already announced, the deferred conference will take place physically ( in personna ) at the University of Strasbourg, France.Award ceremonies for the two van der Waals prizes 2020 and 2021 will take place also during ICNI in July 2022.

For further information please visit .

Follow ICNI-Strasbourg on tweeter:

ICNI2021-Strasbourg is endorsed by the European Chemical Society and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

The International Conference on Nocovalent Interactions (ICNI) has awarded Dr. Alexander TKATCHENKO ( , Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Physics and Material Sciences of the University of Luxembourg, the  « van der WAALS prize for Young Scientist 2020 ».
This distinction marks the recognition of the scientific community to a researcher aged up to 45 years who has made major and influential contributions to the field of noncovalent interactions in the early stage of his/her career.

The  award ceremony will take place during the second ICNI to be held from the 19th to the 23rd of July 2021 at the University of Strasbourg, France.  For further information see .