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 senior and a young (not older than 45 years) scientist in alternating years.

The van der Waals Prize for a young scientist has already been awarded to Prof. Alexander Tkatchenko for the first time in 2020, and the prize for a senior scientist should thus be awarded for the second time in 2021, and the respective Call is open during the period of January 1 – March 31, 2021.
Both these distinctions will be presented to the awardees (the senior and the young one) during the second ICNI to be held in Strasbourg.


Call for the van der Waals Prize for Senior Scientist

The van der Waals Prize for Senior Scientist aims to recognize relevant achievements by a senior scientist in the field of noncovalent interactions in science.

General information

  1. Run biennially.
  2. The winner will be elected by the van der Waals Award Committee (IAB members of ICNI).
  3. The winner will receive €1000 and a certificate during the second ICNI (scheduled for 2021) in Strasbourg.
  4. The winner will deliver a Plenary Lecture at the second ICNI (scheduled for 2021).

Guidelines for Applicants

  1. Call opens on 01 January 2021 and closes on 31 March 2021.
  2. The winner will be announced by 01 May 2021 at the ICNI 2021 Website.
  3. The call is open to all senior scientists (of any nationality), older than 45 years (born before 31.12.1975).
  4. The application should be submitted by a nominator.
  5. The nominator should send the following required documents to (Dr. Kamran T. Mahmudov, ICNI Secretary) and Cc to (Prof. Jean-Pierre Djukic, Chairman of ICNI 2021).

Nomination Letter, curriculum vitae of the candidate which should include, inter alia, a summary of the main achievements in noncovalent interactions, the Web of Science Citation Report, a list of 15 selected publications and the list of all publications.

Supporting Letters are not required.

The Award Committee has the right to rescind the application, if the nominator provides a wrong information.