FEMS Awards

FEMS Prestigious Awards

FEMS Prestigious Awards are presented on odd years only and recognise innovation and outstanding contribution to materials science and engineering by individuals at different career stages, or organisation.
Nominations open in Autumn and close on 31 January of the following year.
All paperwork must be submitted to the FEMS Executive Secretary at secretary@fems.org as official FEMS Member Society nominations.
The following restrictions to nominations apply:

  • FEMS Member Societies may submit only one nomination per award.
  • Nominees must have conducted the majority of their research work in a European-based university, institute or company.
  • The awards cannot be presented posthumously.

FEMS Prestigious Awards available on odd years only

FEMS European Materials Gold Medal
For outstanding contribution to the field of Materials Science and Engineering at an advanced career stage.

FEMS Materials Science & Technology Prize
For outstanding contribution to the field of Materials Science and Engineering at an early career stage*.

FEMS Materials Innovation Medal
For outstanding contribution to technological development and innovation in materials science and engineering by an individual or a group.

Awards presented annually

FEMS Master Thesis Award
For the best Master Thesis in Materials Science & Engineering

Awards presented on even years only

FEMS Communication Award for Excellence in MSE
For significant work and effective communication skills by a materials scientist or engineer at an early career stage*

*FEMS defines 'early career' as someone who on the year the award is presented is:
- within 10 years since the start of first (self)employment in a materials role (excluding apprenticeships or training schemes)
- within 6 years of completing their PhD in a materials subject.


TMS – FEMS Young Leader International Scholar Program
To promote young member activities (joint with TMS).

Awards no longer available

FEMS Lecturer Awards for Excellence in MSE (up to 2017)
This distinction encourages selected young materials scientists who have contributed significantly to a recently emerging topic of materials science and engineering to lecture throughout Europe as “ambassadors” of the materials community. Lecturers are selected based on the broad significance of their work and their ability to communicate effectively.