Dr. Jan Huynen Award 2015

Event date: March 14, 201610:00u
End date: March 14, 2016

The Brightlands campuses are challenging PhD candidates in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion to publish their research findings, and then go a step further and put them into practice. We want our healthcare system and economy to benefit from the knowledge our scientists acquire in biomedical science.

Brightlands has involved universities close to us in Belgium and Germany. Together we form a knowledge hub which is a serious contender worldwide. The Dr. Jan Huynen Award competition is an important tool to recognize and achieve cross-border collaboration opportunities. It is a key to success for the knowledge centers in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion and for the local business community.

The Award will be presented to the best dissertation in biomedical and life sciences. The winner will receive a cash prize of EUR 5,000 and max. four other nominees will receive EUR 1,000 each.

The following PhDs who defended their theses in 2015 are eligible to compete:

  • PhDs from Maastricht University, RWTH Aachen, the University of Hasselt, and the University of Liège;
  • PhDs active at one of the Brightlands campuses and who have defended their theses at another university.

A jury—experts from these universities and selected entrepreneurs from the Euroregion—will select the laureate from a shortlist of five nominees. The assessment criteria include innovation, scientific quality, social relevance, commercial potential, and concrete applicability. In addition to the award and the cash prizes, the nominations will be well publicized and the PhDs will have access to Brightlands’ impressive network.

The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016, at a mini-symposium in Maastricht. The nominees will have the opportunity to present their research to a distinguished audience.

The keynote address, by Dr. Cristian Tidona, Managing Director BioRN Network in Heidelberg, will emphasize the value of fostering young talent and cross-border connections. Medical illustrator Rogier Trompert will show how art helps to provide better insight into biomedical research findings.

The symposium will be followed by lunch. Thereafter, participants can visit The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in the afternoon.

If you like to attend the award ceremony, please fill in your details below. Your registration is valid as soon as you receive a confirmation from Brightlands.

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