On Thursday May 17, the winner of the Strating Award for the best-written colloquium of 2017 was announced. After an introduction on the history of this prestigious prize by Prof Gerard Roelfes, the three nominees that were selected by the selection committee were announced. The committee, consisting of 2 staff members (Marthe Walvoort and Johannes Klein) and 2 PhD students (Balint Fridrich and Steven Wan), ranked the 18 colloquia on criteria like critical analysis and clarity of writing.
The prize for the third place went to Jasper Paauwe for his colloquium entitled
Chitin as an alternative feedstock for fossil resources based chemicals
. The runner up of this year’s Strating Award was Linda Eijsink, with the colloquium entitled “
Why is shea butter yellow?
. And the winner of the 2017 Strating Award is Ruben Andringa, with the colloquium entitled “Radical cascades as key-step in natural product synthesis”. The colloquium was a stunning showcase of the application of radical, it was well-written and with clear figures. The award ceremony was followed by coffee and cake for the members of the Stratingh Institute and a lunch for the members of the H.J. Backer foundation, the selection committee and the three nominees of the Strating prize.
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