On Thursday 28 June, the 2018 Roullier Innovation Awards trophies were presented to the two winners whose work met the various selection criteria set by the judging panel: quality and scope of scientific production, originality of approach, nature of contribution to CMI Roullier research and training of their researchers, and significance in terms of dissemination of science and technology.
Around sixty projects were submitted by universities or research institutes from nearly 30 countries around the world, including Brazil, USA, France, Italy, Ireland, Morocco, Nigeria, India and Pakistan. Choosing the winners was a difficult task, as all the submissions dealt with the main themes of Groupe Roullier’s work, such as:
- Soil microbiology (one third of projects)
- Reduction of losses and environmental impact via enhancing the uptake of nutrients, including nitrogen,
- Abiotic stress: water, salinity, global warming
The Group’s internal scientific committee made an initial selection of 10 finalists. From these, the jury nominated the two winners:
- ITALY: Dr Laura ZANIN, Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences at the University of Udine, for her work on improved effectiveness of nitrogen for better assimilation by the plant, and a reduction in losses to the environment.
- AUSTRIA: Prof Dr Walter W. WENZEL, University of Vienna, Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Department of Forest and Soil Science, Institute of Soil Research, for his work on soil microbiology, which is now a vast field of experimentation in which only 10% of microorganisms that make up the field are known. This is a major topic for the Group, which started with marine limestone in 1959.
In addition to a prize of €60,000 each, the two research laboratories will sign a partnership contract with the CMI for a period of one year, during which they will have the opportunity to use some of its unique equipment to carry out their research projects.
What’s more, the relevance of projects put forward will lead us to develop new partnerships with many of the universities that applied. This will enable CMI Roullier to enrich its expertise in Plant Nutrition in order to develop new and exclusive solutions, but also to advance research in a wider sense and make CMI a real accelerator of Innovation.
The 2020 Innovation Awards Roullier – Summary22 January 2021
The pandemic has thrown the importance of scientific research into stark relief. Against this exceptional backdrop, ten days ago the Groupe Roullier held its 2020 ceremony, in unprecedented virtual format, announcing the two research teams that are the recipients of this year’s Innovation Awards Roullier.
Only 1 month to go until the results of the 2020 Innovation Awards Roullier11 December 2020
On 11 January we will have the pleasure of handing over the trophies to the two winners of the 2020 Innovation Awards Roullier in Plant Nutrition and Animal Nutrition
INNOVATION AWARDS ROULLIER 2020: Ambitious and Innovative Ideas3 September 2020
After receiving more than 100 applications (65 Plant Nutrition projects and 36 Animal Nutrition projects) in answer of this international contest organized by the CMI Roullier, our two international juries rigorously reviewed them – first individually and then collectively – in order to choose the competition’s two winners.
Change of date for the Innovation Awards Roullier 2020 ceremony29 May 2020
In consideration of the current health situation, we decided to postpone the Innovation Awards Roullier 2020 award ceremony. Please note that it will be held on December 11, 2020 (instead of June 24).
Walter Wenzel’s advice, winner of the 2018 Edition25 March 2020
Walter Wenzel (Austria), winner of the 2018 Innovation Awards Roullier, will give you his advice for 2020 Innovation Awards Roullier edition.
Laura Zanin’s advices, winner of the 2018 Edition18 March 2020
As part of the Innovation Awards Roullier 2020, we give you Laura Zanin’s advices, winner of the 2018 Edition.
You asked for it, we did it!26 February 2020
Many of you have contacted us to obtain more information about the contest, the content of the application file, the expectations of the juries and the prizes, asking us for an extension in order to write your application as well as possible.
Crossed glances of experts on the Innovation Awards Roullier 2020 – Pr. Mario Estévez and Pr. Johannes Lehmann14 February 2020
Mario Estévez and Johannes Lehmann are respectively Professor in the department of animal production and food science at the University of Extremadura and Professor of soil biogeochemistry and soil fertility management at Cornell University. As members of the jury of the Innovation Awards Roullier 2020 and experts in their field, they agreed to give their […]