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 13th da Vinci Competition will be chosen from ﬁve ﬁnalists during the ERCOFTAC Autumn Festival in Warsaw on 18 October 2018.
Candidates may be PhD students or recent PhD graduates who have submitted their PhD thesis after 1 January 2017.
The winner will be awarded the 2018 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 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 in Warsaw, 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:
- Title of the work
- Name, address and afﬁliation, email address, telephone number
- Name and afﬁliation of supervisor(s)
- Popularized summary of the work, explaining the main problem and the main result in a language that is understandable to the general public (max ½ page)
- Scientiﬁc summary of objectives, research methodology, main results and achievements, and if possible a graphical representation. Particular emphasis should be given to novelty and originality of the methods and ﬁndings and their applicability in engineering.
- List of up to 5 selected publications and an indication of the total output volume.
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.
5 September 2018 PC coordinators have submitted three selected summaries as pdf ﬁles to the SPC Chairman Stefan Hickel: S.Hickel@tudelft.nl
This is the ﬁnal deadline, the evaluation by the Jury will start immediately.
26 September 2018 Decision of da Vinci Jury
27 September 2018 Selected ﬁnalists will be informed and given instructions on their presentations and travel arrangements
18 October 2018 Finals of the 13th da Vinci Competition – Warsaw, Poland