BorealisScientific Innovation Award (BSIA) – which seeks to platform new ideas surrounding carbon reduction via renewables, polyolefin-based manufacturing technologies, and carbon-neutral hydrocarbon production – is now open for applications.

The competition was previously named the Borealis Student Innovation Awards and was limited to students, although its scope has now widened to include academia and the scientific community, including start-ups, scale-ups, engineers, and chemical engineers.

Entrants must submit a peer-reviewed scientific publication or thesis presenting an idea in regard to the utilisation of renewables for greenhouse gas reduction, the use of polyolefins in sustainable manufacturing technologies, or the carbon-neutral production of hydrocarbons.

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of high-level Borealis research representatives. Three winners will then be contacted on 18th September 2023, at which point they will be invited to present their work at a recognition ceremony in the Borealis Innovation Headquarters in Linz, Austria, on 17th October.

Each winner will receive a financial reward - €5,000 for first place, €2,000 for second place, and €1,000 for third place – as well as a trip to Linz funded by Borealis. The award is also expected to offer successful applicants the opportunity for exposure and networking.

Borealis hopes that, by uplifting sustainability-minded scientific developments and ideas, it can help work towards circularity for plastic and base chemical solutions, as well as recognising and encouraging the ‘dedication and diligence’ required to push the boundaries of sustainable thinking.

Applications must be submitted by 5th September 2023.

Thomas Gangl, CEO of Borealis, says: “The Borealis Scientific Innovation Award provides not only a valuable platform for great minds to be discovered and make a true global impact, but also an opportunity for Borealis to inspire and be inspired through collaborative efforts outside of the company. Together, we can shape the future of the world and encourage the transformation towards a more sustainable, circular model.”

As part of the Horizon 2020-funded Bionanopolys project, European innovation platform Bionanopolys launched an open call in March for five projects to develop, test, and/or scale up their bionanomaterial innovations using its upgraded pilot plants and complementary services.

More recently, Pentawards unveiled the shortlisted entries for its own 2023 competition; and the finalists of the Sustainability Awards 2023 have been announced, with voting for the Reader’s Award currently under way.

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