On the occasion of the first International Conference on Noncovalent Interactions (ICNI 2019) which was held in Lisbon in 2019, its International Advisory Board 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 the young (for the first time) and senior scientists have already been awarded by IAB members to Prof. Alexander Tkatchenko and Prof. Giuseppe Resnati in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Both these distinctions will be presented to the awardees during the 2nd ICNI (Strasbourg, July 2022).

The prizes for the young and senior scientists should be awarded for 2022 and 2023, and the respective Call is open during the period of 01.04.2022 – 31.05.2022, which will be presented to the awardees during the 3rd ICNI.




Call for the van der Waals Prize for Young and Senior Scientists

The van der Waals Prize for Young and Senior Scientists aims to recognize relevant achievements by the young and senior scientists in the field of noncovalent interactions in science.

General information

  1. Run biennially
  2. The winners will be elected by the van der Waals Award Committee (IAB members of ICNI), during the 2nd ICNI in Strasbourg 2022.
  3. Both winners will receive €1000 and the certificates during the 3rd ICNI.
  4. Both winners will deliver Plenary Lectures at the 3rd ICNI.

Guidelines for Applicants

  1. Call opens on 01 April 2022 and closes on 31 May 2022.
  2. Both winners will be announced by 01 August 2022 at the ICNI 2022 Website.
  3. The call is open to all young (with the age limit of 45, born between 01.01.1977 – 31.05.2022) and senior (born before 01.01.1977) scientists (of any nationality).
  4. The applicant should send the following required documents (A and B, see below) to (Dr. Kamran T. Mahmudov, ICNI Secretary) and Cc to (Prof. Jean-Pierre Djukic, Chairman of ICNI 2022):
  5. Copy of Passport or Identity Card (in order to prove the age)
  6. Curriculum vitae which should include, inter alia, a summary of the main achievements in noncovalent interactions, the Web of Science Citation Report, a list of 10 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 applicant provides false information.

Award Committee (International Advisory Board of ICNI)