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ISGS PhD Thesis Award

ISGS PhD Thesis Award Prize

The ISGS will award annually a prize to the student who has produced the best PhD thesis and made the most outstanding contribution to scientific and/or technological knowledge in the field of sol-gel chemistry and related fields.

The winner will receive a diploma, a 2-year ISGS membership, and a prize money. In addition, he/she will be invited to contribute with a paper to the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, the official journal of ISGS.



Open to all candidates that have obtained a PhD degree from any recognised university in the calendar year previous to the Award Prize competition.

Their PhD theses should be original work predominantly in the field of sol-gel chemistry and related fields.



The ISGS decides the prize winner based on the recommendation by a PhD Award Committee designed by the Board of Directors.

The purpose of the award is to highlight excellent PhD research in the field of sol-gel chemistry and related fields.

The PhD Award Committee, composed of experts, will assess the merit of the applications and recommend the winner to the ISGS Board of Directors.

The assessment of the PhD Award Committee, based on the Executive Summary provided in the candidate’s proposal and on the supporting evidence from the PhD thesis document itself, will rely on the following criteria:

  • The level to which the thesis work adds significant new contribution to advances in the scientific knowledge in the field of sol-gel chemistry and related fields.
  • The content and quality of the Executive Summary submitted by the candidate.
  • The impact and relevance of the PhD thesis measured in terms of dissemination of the PhD outputs into the scientific community by the candidate (articles published and oral communications presented at scientific events).



  • Candidates must have defended the PhD thesis in public and received the PhD degree from a recognised university in the calendar year previous to the Award Prize competition.
  • The candidate’s PhD thesis should be original work in the field of sol-gel chemistry or related fields.
  • Candidates must submit an application via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the deadline of the competition.
  • The ISGS Board of Directors decides the prize winner based on a recommendation by the PhD Award Committee and this decision cannot be challenged.
  • The application must contain:
    • A pro forma application.
    • An Executive Summary of the PhD thesis, of not more than 15 pages, highlighting the relevance and contribution of the work to the sol-gel chemistry field.
    • An electronic copy of the PhD thesis.
    • Candidates should note that the content of their Executive Summary will be the primary source of the PhD Award Committee’s consideration.
    • A letter from their main PhD supervisor and from the PhD co-supervisor (if applicable) recommending the candidate for consideration for this prize and confirming that the candidate meets all the criteria for eligibility for the competition.



    30 september 2018

The new ISGS logo

A new logo of the international sol-gel society: deadline extended to 15th June

The international sol-gel society launches a call to replace the actual logo with a new logomark (i.e. an image or symbol) and/or logotype (i. e. geometric shapes with abstract letterforms) which can represent the ISGS.

The new logo should be inspired by the sol-gel science and technologies and be optimized both for colors and black/white reproduction, to be used in letterhead, business cards and websites. The logo should still be effective even if reproduced at a size as small as ≈2 cm.


The proposed logo should be sent as vector image (preferred file extensions .ai, .pdf or .eps)  to the ISGS president at the following email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline has been extended to 15th June.

After a prescreening made by ISGS board members, the ISGS community will have the chance to select the new logo through an on-line vote. The author of the best logo will be awarded with 500$.


ISGS Fellows

ISGS Fellows,

Fellows of the ISGS shall be persons of good reputation who have reached their 45th birthday and who shall have been members of the Society at least four years continuously at the established nomination deadline date when nominated. They shall prove qualified for elevation to the grade of Fellow by reason of outstanding contributions to the sol-gel sciences and technology; through broad and productive scholarship in sol-gel science and technology, by conspicuous achievement in sol-gel industry or by outstanding service to the ISGS.

There will be a number of 3 ISGS fellow inducted every two years.


  • Emeritus Fellow of ISGS – for member which are Fellows or become Fellows and are retired;
  • Fellow of the ISGS - for members who are over the 45th year old.


  • All previous LA Awardees will become automatically ISGS Fellow.
  • The induction of the new Fellow of the ISGS should by nomination by at least one of the Fellows of the ISGS and another 3 regular members and approved by the Board of Directors of ISGS. All nominators (sponsors) should have their membership payed up to date. The nomination form will be available online and/or attached to the blasting e-mails.
  • Beside the nomination form the nomination should shall be accompanied by a single page letter from the first sponsor nominator (sponsor).  In addition, the first sponsor may submit no more than three additional single-sided sheets to provide supporting information.  More than 3 pages of supporting information will result in the nomination being returned to the first sponsor.
  • Once received, a nomination may be considered by no more than two consecutive Panels of Fellows.   The nominee must remain an active member throughout this time. If a nominee has an active nomination with additional accomplishments since the time the original nomination was submitted, sponsors may send an update for consideration.
  • The number of the new inducted Fellows cannot be larger than 1% of the total number of the ISGS members.
  • The new “Fellow(s) of the ISGS” will be inducted during a short ceremony which will take place every two years throughout the International Sol-Gel Conference.
  • The Fellow(s) of the ISGS will received a diploma signed by the president of the ISGS.
  • For the new “Fellow(s) of the ISGS, the ISGS will negotiate a discount with Springer for their products.
  • The secretary of the ISGS should be in charged with the entire process of recruiting and induction of new Fellow(s) of the ISGS.

> Ulrich Award 2017



Call for Ulrich Award 2017

Donald R. Ulrich Award recognizes outstanding contributions in sol-gel processes made by young researchers. The Award granted in remembrance of Prof. Dr. Donald R. Ulrich is given since 1991 during the International Sol-Gel Conference.

The awardee/s will receive a Diplome, and will present his/her work when receiving the Award at the ISGS Conference. The awardee/s will be exempted of Conference registration fee.


Eligible candidates

The candidate must be member of ISGS by 3rd September 2017 (the first day of Sol-Gel2017 conference).

The candidate must be active in sol-gel research.  The time elapsed from his/her thesis defense must be less than 10 years to the date of application.


Call for nominations

The call for nominations will be posted on the ISGS website in November of the year previous to the ISGS Conference. The deadline for nomination will be announced at the same time.



Application should be sent by mail to the ISGS This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Candidates must provide

i) CV (in which a date of thesis defense should be specified)

ii) List of publications

iii) Brief description of his/her present and future involvement in sol-gel.

iv) Two recommendation letters


Selection of candidates

A distinguished advisor committee lead by a delegated person will propose to the ISGS Board a selection of candidates on the basis of their contributions to the field and projection to the future. The last Life Achievement and a previous Ulrich Awardee will be members of the Committee.

The ISGS Board will announce the name/s of awardee/s 90 days before the International Sol-Gel Conference.


Call 2017

Deadline for application March 15th 2017   ****EXTENDED****

Chair of Selection Committee: Prof. David Avnir

Announcement of awardees: June 5th 2017


Please direct enquiries to Sara Aldabe Bilmes,

e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Past awardees


Announcement of Ulrich Award 2017

The ISGS is proud to announce that the recipients of the Ulrich Award for 2017 are:

- Vladimir and Alexandr Vinogradov, ITMO University , Russia

- Tim Fellinger, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

The ISGS board decided in collaboration with the selection committee (Head: Prof. David Avnir) to give 2 prizes for 3 recipients.

Single prize is shared by Vladimir and Alexandr Vinogradov for their joint achievements.

Those recipients will give award lectures at Sol-Gel conference in Liege, Thursday morning award session.

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