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Dr Vassiliadis recognised for outstanding contribution as a reviewer

Top international journal awards recognise Dr Vassiliadis's outstanding contribution as a reviewer.

CEB senior lecturer and principal investigator of our Process Systems Engineering group Dr Vassilios Vassiliadis has received three important awards from international scientific journals in chemical engineering. Three high impact journals – Chemical Engineering Science, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, and Computers and Chemical Engineering – have recognised his outstanding contribution as a reviewer.

Dr Vassiliadis works on the design and operation of complex production systems, and is focused on the development and application of modelling and computational methods to simulate, design, control and optimise processes, studied through the mathematical description of the underlying physicochemical and biochemical phenomena. He serves as a reviewer for 18 scientific journals and is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of international journal Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering (BBE) of the Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

He commented: “To receive these three awards for outstanding peer-review activities for top international journals is a very important recognition of my contribution over the last three decades in the field of chemical engineering. It means a lot to an academic to have the international research community recognise such an important aspect of their professional life.

Peer-review activities are a paramount aspect of an academic’s career, in that by this means they contribute to the international scientific and learned communities they belong to. Beyond this, they help shape the future research landscape by the questions and clarifications they request from authors, as well as their communications with editors – particularly if they belong to editorial boards of journals.

Carrying out a review of a paper is not a task that is either easy, or should be taken lightly. Quite often the work is the result of the efforts of young scholars and research students, and therefore it is important to convey to them precise and clearly structured information in their first steps towards establishing independent careers. It is paramount also to maintain a high level of professionalism, so as to avoid disappointing authors and maintain a level of strict dignity and courtesy in the field.

For an established academic it is not therefore only an honour to be involved in such international activities, but also a means to transfer knowledge through the reviews to people working at all corners of the planet. My contribution through peer-review activities to the international research community reflects directly the ethos and exceptional academic standard of Cambridge University and our department. This is where I established my independent academic career 24 years ago, being given the privilege to mature as a researcher and educator.

I am very pleased and grateful for these three awards, and hope to continue to contribute actively in my chosen field of expertise in the years to come from within our exceptionally unique institution at Cambridge.”

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