Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

BioSC young talent awards for interdisciplinary and academic excellence


BioSC Supervision Award 2017


The development and implementation of a sustainable bioeconomy requires new interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches in which the training of young scientists plays an important role. With the BioSC Supervision Award, the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) is thus awarding young scientists for special achievements with regard to the quality of their supervision of doctoral students in the BioSC Core Groups.

The award [1] will be granted within the framework of the NRW Strategy Project BioSC. The applications are evaluated based on scientific excellence and the quality of supervision by an expert panel. The award is intended to improve the starting conditions for an excellent career development of young scientists. In case of equal qualifications and performance, young female scientists will be preferentially awarded.

                                     Submission deadline: 31 August 2017

Please send applications via e-mail to:

BioSC-Office, c/o Forschungszentrum Jülich / IBG-2,


All core group leaders and scientific employees as well as doctoral students in the core groups are eligible for the proposal.

The competition

The supervisor of the doctoral students has the responsibility to support the students in the professional research process and on their way to scientific autonomy. In this sense, creativity and engagement of young researchers in the field of supervision of doctoral students should be assessed. Please submit as a digital document in pdf format:

  1.  Letter with detailed reasons for the nomination (written by the person who made the  
       nomination) including a presentation of the supervision concept (maximum 3 pages),
  2.  Evidence of the excellence of supervision beyond the normal level (e.g. awards for
       teaching or letters of recommendation from former doctoral students or awards of the
       supervised doctoral students),
  3.  Full CV of the supervisor to be awarded.


The winners will receive a fund of up to EUR 25,000 as well as a certificate. Individuals and supervisory teams can be awarded. The competition takes place within the framework of the NRW Strategy Project BioSC. Successful proposals will receive the fund on January 1, 2018, which can be spent until December 31, 2018.


Applications must be submitted on time and completely to the BioSC office via e-mail to The applicant will receive an acknowledgment of receipt. The documents must be written in English.


 [1] The use of the fund is subject to the requirements of a project funding according to LHO. Proof of expenses for staff (for example, postdoctoral position after end of doctoral studies under supervision of the awardee), conferences, travel expenses, ,materials and consumables.

For all articles: The chosen male form always applies equally to female persons.

Contact: Greta Mittweg-Grapentin, +49 2461 61-6521,

Prize winners 2014

Supervision award

PhD-Competence award

Dr. Dörte Rother

IBG-1: Biotechnologie, FZ Jülich

Heiner Giese

AVT-Bioverfahrentechnik, RWTH Aachen

Dr. Kerstin Schipper

Institut für Mikrobiologie, HHU Düsseldorf

Alexander Gruenberger

IBG-1: Biotechnologie, FZ Jülich


Thorsten Sehl

IBG-1: Biotechnologie, FZ Jülich

Pictures of the award ceremony while the 1st BioSC Forum at November 3rd, 2014 in Wuppertal