Nominations Open for 2019 - Sir Eric Rideal Award and Graham Lecture

10 January 2018

10 Jan 2018

Honouring lifetime achievements and mid-career achievements of researchers in colloid & interface science

Nominations are now invited for both the Rideal Award and Lecture and the Graham Lecture.

The Sir Eric Rideal (Founder’s) Lecture is a late-career or “life-time achievement award” for researchers and technologists who have made sustained and outstanding contributions to colloid and interface science or its applications. To be eligible, candidates will normally have enjoyed a professional career of more than 30 years’ duration, much of it in the UK, even if not UK-based currently. The nomination of scientists and technologists living overseas is not precluded. However, to be eligible, overseas candidates should be well known to the UK colloid and interface community and will have had a substantial and widely recognised impact upon it, e.g. by way of sustained collaborations, and will have been a regular visitor to, or resident of, the UK.

The Graham Lectureship, in contrast, is awarded to a mid-career researcher in the prime of his or her research career, who has established an international reputation in colloid science, and has already made distinguished contributions to the field. Graham Lecturers will typically have the prospect of at least another 15 years of active research ahead. The award is named after Thomas Graham, who is considered one of the founders of colloid science.

The deadline for nominations for both awards is Thursday 1 March 2018.

Proposers and seconders must be a member of either of the two sponsoring special interest groups (SCI’s CSCG and RSC’s CISG), although candidates need not themselves be members. The Rideal Lecture will most likely be given at a dedicated mini-symposium in early to mid-2019. The Graham Lecture will be presented at a suitable symposium in 2019.

The names of proposers and seconders, once logged, will be redacted before the nominations are put in front of the Joint Colloids Group Committee for selection. A decision will be made based on the case made by the proposers, together with what is known about the candidates in the public domain.

The Committee reserves the right to make no award in the event of there being no suitable candidate nominated.

Those intending to propose a candidate are welcome to contact the Awards Coordinator (Prof Joseph Keddie, e-mail: for guidance regarding eligibility before submitting their nomination. The SCI website offers further information and links to the nomination forms for both the Rideal award and lecture and the Graham Lecture.

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