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The Robin Paul Research Prize 2020 launched

The Robin Paul Research Prize launched in honour of Chemical Engineering Alumnus Dr Robin Paul.

The Robin Paul Research Prize was recently launched to honour Dr Robin Paul, Chemical Engineering alumnus and good friend of the Department, whose efforts kick-started fundraising for the new CEB building in West Cambridge. 

Sadly, Dr Paul passed in July 2008 before his vision was realised and the move to the new building, which took place about 3 years ago. The Robin Paul Research Prize has been made possible with funds kindly donated for talented researchers at CEB by his widow, Mrs Catherine Paul, after the building opening last 24 April. At the opening, Mrs Paul said that she was impressed by the breadth of research work taking place at CEB, and added: "Robin was incredibly passionate about his research and environment causes were close to his heart".

Entry submission for this first call is now open with entries to be judged and the winner announced in January 2020. CEB researchers are now invited to submit high quality published papers and the submission criteria are as follows:

  1. To be considered each calendar year. Papers to be included which are accepted for publication up to 31 December each year.
  2. Only peer-reviewed journal papers will be considered (not conference proceedings and not reviews) on which the nominee is first, or joint-first, author. Papers will be submitted to a ranking committee (sub-committee of the Research Committee) by the 31 January each year.
  3. The competition is open to post-graduate research students (not post-doctoral researchers), including those enrolled on Masters’ and PhD research courses.
  4. The prize is an award of £1000 and winners will give the Dr Robin Paul Prize Lecture at CEB to present their work.
  5. Criteria for judging the paper:
    1. Scientific excellence and original insight obtained by the author
    2. The impact status of the journal (in the field concerned)
    3. Demonstration of significant advance in scientific understanding and/or engineering practice.
    4. Quality and clarity of presentation.
    5. Potential impact of the research field concerned.
    6. Must be open-access and in all respects REF-returnable
    7. Other merit factors for example, the basis for a successful grant or fellowship application.

This year’s round will accept papers published this year up until 31 December 2019. Submissions for consideration are to be sent to Dr Tom Matthams on

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