The ERCOFTAC da Vinci Prize for young researchers is awarded annually in recognition of an excellent PhD thesis in theoretical and applied fluid dynamics and outstanding scientific contributions with engineering relevance. The winner of the da Vinci Competition will be chosen from five finalists during the ERCOFTAC Autumn Festivals.
Interviews with Da Vinci Winners
Numerical study on thermodiffusive instabilities in laminar and turbulent hydrogen flames
"In my opinion, enjoying the subject matter and identifying yourself with the vision of your project are the key factors for a successful completion of a PhD" - read full interview
Ignition and propagation mechanisms
of spray flames
"Winning the da Vinci Medal caught me by surprise, as I considered that being amongst the five finalists to present at such a notable event was already one of the highlights of my career." -read full interview
Interviews with Da Vinci Finalists
Candidates may be PhD students or recent PhD graduates who have submitted their PhD thesis after 1st January in year of competition.
The winner will be awarded the yearly Da Vinci Medal, a certificate and a cash prize of 1000 Euro. The other four finalists will receive certificates and medals.
Each ERCOFTAC Pilot Centre (PC) may nominate up to 3 candidates for the Da Vinci Competition. The selected candidates will be required to submit a 3-page summary of their research methods and achievements. The research summaries will be evaluated by international experts selected by the Scientific Program Committee (SPC). This Da Vinci Jury will decide on a shortlist of 5 finalists that will present their work at the Autumn Festival, where the final winner will be chosen.
Please note that due care should be given to the 3-page summary of the work, as this is all the information the Jury will have available for its decision regarding the shortlist. It is essential that the candidates write the summary independently.
The 3-page summary has to be prepared by the candidate as the only author and should include:
Travel and subsistence expenses incurred by the finalists will be reimbursed by ERCOFTAC. Prior to participation, the selected candidates are expected to present travel and accommodation plans to the SPC Chairman for approval.
It will be announced on yearly basis by ERCOFTAC SPC Chairman.